A lowland village in Ladakh
Alchi, a small village situated on low land, is about 70 km to the west of Leh district
and is located on the banks of the River Indus.
Alchi village is very fertile and it is all green with apricot trees on both side
of road. This region had influence of Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism because it falls
on the route to Turkestan of China but its isolation helped the village and gompas
to keep their cultural traditions safe from the outer influences.
The Alchi village is famous for the existence of one of the oldest monasteries in
Ladakh known as Alchi Monastery, which is Ladakh’s most valuable heritage. Alchi
monastery is a Buddhist worshipping place and study center and is managed by the
monks of Likir. The monastery was built, according to local tradition, by the great
translator Guru Rinchen Zangpo between 958AD and 1055AD. The building is said to
have been built during the 11th century and the architecture of the place is also
In Alchi, one can visit the Sumtsek Temple, Vairocana Temple, Lo Tsawa Temple, Manjushree
Temple, Kangyur Temple with Stupas, Monk Cells etc. Beautiful wood carving arts,
huge Tibetan Styled models of Buddha, Manjushree, historic wall paintings of Buddha's
teachings within a very calm, quite, pristine ambiance made Alchi more valuable.
There are five shrines in the Choskor temple complex which has some splendid wall
paintings. One of its walls features thousands of miniature sized pictures of the
Buddha. It is a perfect place to relax and experience the quintessential Buddhist
A museum constructed and maintained by Indian army.
12000 ft above sea level, constructed in the memory of Guru Nanak.
A Buddhist monastery, known as monastic complex (chos-'khor) of temples.
Also known as "the Paradise for Mediation", noted for its extremely strict rules