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Near Pathar Sahib, Leh, Jammu and Kashmir, 194101, India
entry fee
per person for Indians
per person for foreign tourists
All days of the week
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
visit duration
3 to 4 hours

about alchi choskor monastery

Alchi Gompa is the only remaining specimen of Indian Buddhist Iconography, which flourished in this region before Tibetan influences started gaining strength. Also called as Alchi Choskor, this complex dates back to the year 1000 AD and was built by translator, Rinchen Zangpo. Today, it is managed by Likir monks who act as docent-cum-gatekeepers for this currently inactive religious centre. Since Alchi lies in a lowland area, this is the only monastery in Ladakh which is not located on a hilltop. Photography is prohibited as the camera flash damages these ancient images and paintings on the walls. If you are interested in a proper guided tour, you can politely ask a monk to take you around the premises. The complex has several temples and chortens (reliquary shrines) inside it.  The Du-khang or assembly hall has cloisters marvelously decorated with murals of a thousand Buddhas, a large sculpture of the Eleven-headed Avalokiteshvara, walls painted with elaborate mandalas and painted scenes of secular life, on either side of the main entrance. The Sum-tsek temple’s architecture is unparalleled in the Himalayan region. 

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