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“A bit disappointing” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Alchi Choskor Monastery

Alchi Choskor Monastery
Nr. Pathar Sahib, Leh 194101, India
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Ranked #4 of 51 things to do in Leh
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“A bit disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

The site features a couple of halls with frescoes and Buddhas. Although the frescoes are certainly beautiful, it is a bit hard to enjoy them due to the dim and cramped environment. Photography is also forbidden because you'd need a flash, which is obviously not ok. In the end, the visit does not amount to too much.

Visited September 2012
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“Nice place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

If you have visited monasteries in Ladakh, you would have noticed that all of them will be on a hillock or ascending terrain, which essentially means that you will have to walk (hike/ trek) a bit to reach them and see them. However, Alchi is different. It is perhaps the only one in the region where you do not have to hike uphill to visit it. It is a pleasant walk from where the cars usually park, and the path to the monastery is lined with souvenir and jewellery shops. Once into the monastery complex, there are around 7 or 8 places you should visit, and expect to pay a fee of 20/- per head. There is also a room with a lot of paintings - the Thanka ones - the art is wonderful. The light inside this room is very less and hence you need to strain your eyes a bit to get the actual visual effect.

The road leading to the monastery is breathtakingly scenic. Once you take a deviation from the Leh-srinagar highway onto the other side of the river, the path all way till Alchi is terrific. even if you are not interested in history or religion, visit this place atleast for the scenic beauty and the paintings !!

Visited August 2012
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“History, but bad manners”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

The monestary is situated about 75 Km from leh. It has some old paintings of Buddha (rs 30) for temple entry, no photography allowed. Walk down towards the end, where there is a river flowing with the mountains in the background. It's a very scenic site.

Don't go to one restaurant - Zimskhang. It's on the path to the monestary. The service there is horrible and people arrogant. Instead go to the German bakery.

Visited September 2012
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“The most historical place of the all ladakh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

I was mesmerized by the fresco and the all environment in these XI century monastery. I would go back to ladakh, including the awful trip to reach, only to go to Alchi. The village is also beautiful if you can stay! Loved it!!

Visited August 2012
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“Alchi Monastery”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Alchi Monastery is inside the Alchi village and although the paintings are really nice there are only 3-4 rooms in that Monastery with paintings. People visit this place more to get acclimatized with the Leh weather rather than visiting Monastery

Visited June 2012
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