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Alchi Monastery, Alchi, Jammu & Kashmir, India
entry fee
per person for Indians
per person for foreign nationals
All days of the week
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Lunch: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
visit duration
3 to 4 hours

about alchi monastery

A small village in Leh, Alchi is the home to the famous Alchi Monastery or Alchi Choskhor. This historic monument dates back to the 12th century. However many monasteries you see in Ladakh, you will not see anything like Alchi. To begin with, it’s not a gompa but a chos khor, a sacred enclave and a seat of learning. No monks live at Alchi and it is lamas from nearby Likir who look after it. For another, Alchi holds a record of Buddhism from the time of the 11th and 12th centuries that is quite unique.

A place of importance in these centuries, it was abandoned as a place of worship — for unknown reasons — in possibly the early 16th century, which accounts for the superb preservation of its exquisite frescoes — rare Ladakhi pieces of art that have not been painted over for centuries. Alchi also thus depicts Buddhist art from before the time Ladakh looked to Tibet for religious inspiration, from a time when Kashmiri artists were painting the Ladakhi walls with their style of depiction.

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