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Alchi Monastary

Address: South Bank of the Indus River | 67 kms west of Leh, Alchi, India
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Alchi
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Bathinda, India
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This is one different monastery. A big one, with many temples of Buddha , it is worth a visit. There is a small market selling artifacts. They are expensive. Go in for bargaining to get good prices.

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kendal, cumbria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I liked the quiet and relaxing atmosphere . The main attraction was not far away from our hotel and the local people were very friendly.

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This monastery is up a secluded valley and it is very peaceful. We did the 10 mile round trip hike that was very pleasant and I would recommend it if you are in good shape. The elevation is around 11,000 ft, so make sure you are acclimated.

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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

You have to get here if its not in your plan. Very close to leh city, this monastery is one of the oldest. The walls inside are cracking and painting on the walls show the age it has been standing tall. Simply breathtaking.

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Chicago, Illinois
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The frescoes and wall paintings are exquisite. Its like stepping back in time. The journey there from Leh is also beautiful with views of the Indus and Zanskar rivers.

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Hertfordshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It's far more Indian in style than other Ladakh monasteries. Although you aren't allowed to take photos in the main temples, there is one decorated gompa/chorten you can walk into and take photos.

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Ratnagiri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I am hotelier and Interior designer, Wall printings have inspired me as artist. those paintings are my inspirations for my next cottage designs.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Beautiful paintings done in the early style of Kashmir indicating the ancient history of the site. Good places to eat. Nice shopping stalls. If coming from Leh you pass the stunning confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers.

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Gent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

probably the best frescoes in the Himalaya. Pity that it needs a lot of restauration. I could stay here a whole week.

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sydney, australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This is an amazing historic location, but we were disappointed that the whole complex was dirty and unkempt, with weeds and rubble around, and the statues and paintings mostly filthy with dust. Realise that it is sensitive heritage-wise so art needs professional conservation, but the whole place gave the impression of being sadly uncared for.

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