Alchi Monastery in Leh

Alchi Monastery Overview

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"Alchi Monastery is a group of ancient Buddhist shrines that together form one of the most important religious centres in Ladakh. This gompa attributes its establishment to the legendary translator Rinchen Zangpo, who built it in AD 1000 by bringing 32 wood carvers and sculptors from Kashmir. After the Gelug sect permanently shifted its activities to the Likir Monastery, it became the administrative shrine of the Alchi Gompa.

The monastic complex consists of several temples and chortens, which belong to different time periods. Some of the oldest existing wall paintings of Ladakh are preserved in this monastery. The mural of 1000 Buddhas forms the highlight of the ancient artworks displayed here. Imposing statues of Lord Buddha and other deities are present in this shrine. These idols have beautiful wooden carvings and artworks, which can be compared to the artistic style of the Baroque period.

In present times, this gompa is counted amongst the prime attractions of Leh and is promoted as a part of cultural tourism in the region. Numerous tea stalls, shacks, restaurants and souvenir shops have been established near the monastery, which encourage tourism."

  • Opening Closing Time 10:00 am – 01:00 pm
    02:00 pm – 06:00 pm
    Open all days

  • Photo Opp

    Prohibited
  • Movie Connect

    Alchi Monastery has never failed to attract the Indian film fraternity, which is a fact evident from the movie scenes and songs shot here. A major scene from Shakrukh Khan and Manisha Koirala starrer Dil Se (1998) was shot here, in which abandoned travellers are shown near the ruins of this monastery. It was prominently featured in White White Face, a peppy dance number from Tashan (2008) that starred Anil Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor.
  • Entrance Fee Rs. 25 for Indians<br /> Rs. 50 for Foreigners<br />

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Alchi, 194106, Jammu and Kashmir