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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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History that time has forgotten

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 8, 2016
Arvind Kumar S
Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 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 

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Bokaro Steel City, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

If you like old monuments, this is the Place for you.....The best part is the street market which leads to the monastery....

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

Alchi is oldest Monastary in Leh Area. It is maintained by Archaeological Survey of India, and well maintained as Heritage. We opted to take a bike ride, from Leh to Reach Alchi. It is appx 75 KM from Leh Central, and it was an amazing experience. Road is pretty good for bike ride, and we experienced a very good scenic... More 

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Mathura, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2016

Some great temples with very old paintings. Construction of Wood and soil. Needs better restoration work fro ASI. Remote location.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Alchi is the oldest monastery in the region. One must definately go there to experience time that hasn't progressed much..it is a standstill timeless monument which can make you forget your daily lives for a while..be it your schedule for the next week..or the hustle-bustle of city life.. And yes, you must enjoy apricots here!! there are trees full of... More 

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Margao, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2016

Alchi monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh. It is around 2 hours from Leh. We took the wrong road a couple of times because of the twists and turns, but getting lost is something we didn't mind. Every part of this village has it's own charm. The ride to Alchi is beautiful, with the villages on the... More 

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National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2016

its is worth to visit this monastery even if you have to do some km .ask monks to explain the wall panting and the stories for people establish it .sit down relax and enjoy view and architecture .must visit Alchi monastery.

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

Alchi is one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries, off the Leh-Kargil road. If you're not travelling with a driver/guide, the turnoff may be difficult to find, as it is a sharp turn to the left and back coming from Leh. Alchi is a UNESCO listed Heritage Site: a cluster of shrines with beautiful buddhist frescoes in use since the 11th... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2015

this town is off the main highway and we almost missed it en route from KArgil. there is an acute right turn which can be missed. the monastery is one of the oldest with excellent murals.

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Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2015

Alchi town is enchanting, as are the series of 4 11th century monasteries tucked away down a quiet lane, amongst the trees and gardens. Just delightful. There are different styles of architecture and different building techniques and materials. Interiors are different too. All are most interesting and worth visiting; the walk between them is lovely.

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