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“wonderful paintings”
Review of Alchi Monastary

Alchi Monastary
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Alchi
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“wonderful paintings”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

this is the only monastery that I saw on low land unlike other monasteries which are usually on hill tops..believed to be more than 1000 years old.Though there is no religious activity here it houses hundreds of priceless miniature paintings.

Visited August 2012
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“Amongst Oldest Monastery in Ladakh, but not well maintained”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

One of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh. However its not as well maintained as say Hemis or THiksey despite the larger heritage value. Very few signboards to guide around the halls and chortens.

Visited May 2013
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“Not sure if that is a worth a deviation”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

Maybe monastry burn out, you have seen one you seen all esp if you have been to Dunhuang and see the scale of the buddhist paints and statues in Moguo thousand caves. There is nothing spectacular about the village and a few ancient paintings and statues cannot match those of the bigger monastries around Leh and far less those the silk road. Do it if you have no other itineary having seen Thikse, Hemis, Stok, Leh Castle

Visited September 2012
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“Unique; beautiful wall paintings”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

Alchi gompa is unique because of the beautiful wall paintings on the walls of the main worship halls. While some of the paintwork is peeling and scraping off, some of the artwork is luminous and beautiful. Unfortunately, photography (with flash or otherwise) is prohibited inside.

Visited September 2012
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“Monastery on a flat terrain ?”
Reviewed September 10, 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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