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Alchi Monastery in Ladakh

Alchi Monastery in Ladakh is one of the most visited monasteries built with Tibetan architecture. The complex of this monastery has two primary temples-Alchi Du Khang and Sum-tsek. Rinchen Zangpo established this monastery in 958-1055 CE. It is located on the banks of the river Indus, lies a small village in Ladakh. The village is home to one of the oldest monasteries in Leh Ladakh, “The Buddhist kingdom of India.” Also known as Alchi Choskhor, the monastery is highly differentiated from the other Buddhist centers in Leh Ladakh. Unlike the other monasteries located on a hilltop, Alchi Choskor resides on lush green flat ground.

The prominence of the Alchi Monastery in Ladakh can also be defined by the ancient Buddhist murals it houses, which date back to the 12th century. One can also glimpse the Mughal style of architecture in these historic murals. To make your visit more captivating, you can check out this Alchi Monastery Travel Guide. 

Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Alchi Monastery

History of Alchi Monastery 

Alchi Monastery is also one of the historical places apart from a pilgrimage site. It has great historical significance, and it was built from 958 to 1055 AD. Moreover, this monastery of Ladakh has been associated with many captivating tales. According to one of the legends, King Yeshe of Guge intends to expand Buddhism in the Himalayan region. To do this, he appointed 21 scholars to go around and spread Buddhism. But due to the harsh climate, most of those scholars collapsed, and two survived, including Rinchen Zangpo. 

Architecture of Monastery 

The monastery was built in three segments or structures, Dukhang, Sum, and Tsek. However, another additional structure is known as the Temple of Manjushri. Dukhang is an assembly hall in Alchi Monastery that is also the largest preserved section. Apart from it, you can witness the walls were painted years ago with different forms of goddesses and Buddha. 

Sum Tsek is a three-story temple that has a massive statue of Bodhisattva with four arms. And there are two more white statues of Avalokiteshvara and Manjushri. Moreover, various sculptures and a painting of Rinchen Tsangpo enhance its charm.

Tourist Attractions near Alchi Monastery 

Alchi Village

Alchi Village is a picturesque hotspot near Alchi Monastery that you must visit. Here, you will get to know about the lifestyle of local people and learn bout their culture and traditions. If you truly want to experience the tranquility, you must visit Alchi Village, where you can celebrate the silence at its best. Apart from it, you will enjoy the panoramic views of the surroundings and give your eyes a visual feast. 

Monk Cells

It is one of the exciting and insightful hotspots near Alchi Monastery. These cells are places where monks spend their lives and have great significance from historical and mythological significance. BY visiting these sites, you will learn about Buddhism. 

Hemis National Park 

It is home to snow leopards and various other wildlife creatures that excite your inner adventurous soul. This is around 52 km from the Alchi Monastery, which you should visit while enjoying your vacation in Ladakh. It adds a layer of thrill to your Monastery tour in Ladakh. This national park was established in 1981 and has gained lots of admiration and attention from thrill seekers.

Best Time to Visit Alchi Monastery 

May to September is the best time to enjoy your holiday in Ladakh because the weather is pleasurable. You can indulge in outdoor sports and explore the sites while enjoying your sightseeing tour. September is the best month to plan your visit to Alchi Monastery. Moreover, the opening time is from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. However, you should avoid November to April as roads are blocked due to the heavy snowfall. 

How to Reach Alchi Monastery 

There are various ways to reach Alchi Monastery, but you need to do some planning. And here are the details regarding how to travel to Alchi monastery. The closest airport is in Leh, connected with various significant country destinations. After reaching the airport, you can catch a taxi, jeep, or bus to reach Alchi. If you want to go by road, it is one of the most feasible modes of getting there. However, you must remember that road blocks from November to April. Moreover, the closest railway junction is Jammu, from where you must take a public or private bus to reach the Alchi Monastery.

Road Condition to Reach Alchi Monastery 

The road condition to reach Alchi Monastery is quite good. But you may face some rugged roads between your routes. You should choose the higher ground clearance vehicle to enjoy your road trip. While enjoying your road trip, the view is beautiful and keeps your eyes busy admiring the scenic views.

Traveling Tips for Alchi Monastery 

  • You should wear comfortable leather boots to get this high region's maximum comfort and safety. 
  • Plan your trip to this monastery for at least 1 to 2 hours to get the wholesome experience of spirituality and culture. 
  • You must know that photography is not allowed in the Alchi Monastery. But you can click some pictures outside the monastery.
  • Kindly do not talk loud, as monasteries are known for peace and serenity, so maintain this while visiting the monastery. 
  • It is prohibited to carry intoxicant products and food inside the Alchi Monastery.

For more detailed information about the monasteries of Ladakh, you can contact our tour experts. You can also enjoy a smooth travel experience by booking your Ladakh tour packages. Check out the list and pick up the most suitable one for you. Moreover, you can customize your Ladakh touras per your preferences.


Frequently Asked Questions About Alchi Monastery

Q1 : Where to stay near Alchi Monastery?

Ans: There are many good options near Alchi Monastery to stay. From budget hotels to tented accommodations near the monastery. And the best part is that you will find various small restaurants which offer Indian and Tibetan meals.

Q2 : What are the timings of Alchi Monastery?

Ans: The opening time of this monastery is 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Moreover, you will need at least 2 hours to explore and get the best experience thoroughly.

Q3 : Which are the festivals celebrated in Alchi Monastery?

Ans: Various festivals are celebrated in this gompa of Ladakh, including, Dajyur, Chotrul Duchen, Sho Dun, Galdan Namchot, Losar, and Monlam.

Q4 : How far is Alchi Monastery from Leh?

Ans: Leh to Alchi Monastery is around 66 km, which you can cover by road. You can cover this distance in 1 hr by taking NH1. And the road condition is good, but as you know, this highway is part of a high region so you will need to be experienced in driving.