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Alchi Monastary

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Address: South Bank of the Indus River | 67 kms west of Leh, Alchi, India

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At the tail end of the season

We were almost the only tourists in sight so we had virtually the whole complex to ourselves except for the occasional monk and a cat with a mouse. The age of the buildings is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 November 2016
Wgtn, NZ
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Wgtn, NZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

We were almost the only tourists in sight so we had virtually the whole complex to ourselves except for the occasional monk and a cat with a mouse. The age of the buildings is obvious but lends itself to the overall charm, the prohibition against photos is easily remedied by the purchase of one of the readily available inexpensive books... More 

Thank Annfrew
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Its one of the oldest monasteries. Though nothing much to explore / climb up, but usually people include in the tour at this region. Beautiful suvenior shops are available here & much scope to bargain

Thank F0xtraveller
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Its located at NH1 highway near Leh. On your way to monastery you get to see mesmerizing views of Indus river, multani mitti rock and places where multiple Bollywood movies have been shot. (latest includes Tubelight) .From the parking slot its just 2 min walk to the monastery. No need to climb stairs :-P . Its is said to be... More 

Thank Explorer 4
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The monastery is very old (1000 years old) and maintained by Liker monastery. Photography is not allowed inside. It is surrounded by village cottages. If you have planned to stay there,you can stay at home stay with ethnic tibetan culture.It is on the way to Kargil from Leh.You can visit a number curio and craft shop on the lane towards... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

This b is a very old monastery tucked away in Alchi on the way to Lamayuru from Leh.it has beautiful old paintings of Buddha and other deities and is a must for those interested in ancient architecture

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

There are many temples here in a row. Best thing abt them is you don't have to climb like other monasteries in Ladakh. Problem is that doors are meant for dwarfs and you have to bend to enter them. if you are not careful your head is at risk. nevertheless you will find vibrantly colored buddhist temples which will amaze... More 

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Navi Mumbai, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Alchi monastery trip had more of a history than the look of the monastery itself. It is very close to Ule. The drive was good and the road was filled with history of how in the past travellers going to sell their wares to Leh,walked this route in groups. They halted around Alchi village and chiseled stupas, prayers and many... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

This monastery is from the older Indian/Kashmiri school of Buddhism and is therefore very unique in Ladakh. Being comprised of a series of lowish buildings photographing them is not that interesting and photography is not allowed inside. But go, nonetheless.

Thank Jeff C
Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

this is 800 yrs old gompa.approx 70km from leh.so many restaurants,shops around this gompa.so many apricot trees are on the both side of the road leads to this gompa. i really enjoyed this gompa route.

Thank raja p
Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

About two hours drive from Leh, this monastery is tucked into the Himalayas that one can barely see. Alchi is a modern village with clean water, hygenic sanitation and clean market. Behind all this, there is a one thousand years old monastery that requires a lot of restoration. Centuries of neglect, attacks, weather and wind have done a lot of... More 

Thank Arvind Kumar S

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