Alchi Monastery

Alchi Monastery, also, known as Alchi Choskhor and Alchi Gompa, located in the Alchi village in Leh, around 70 kms. from Leh on the left banks of the Indus river, at the centre of the Himalayan region. Alchi Monastery was built by the great translator Guru Rinchen Zangpo between 958 and 1055.

The monastery complex has three major shrines: the Dukhang (Assembly hall), the Sumtseg and the Temple of Manjushri and  the two other important temples, the Translator’s temple called the ‘Lotsabha Lakhang’ and a new temple called the ‘Lakhang Soma”


The walls of the site are adorned with paintings depicting the details of Hinu kings as well as the teaching of Buddhism.  There is also a huge Buddha statue in the complex, a famous tourist attraction. 

How to reach Alchi Monastery

Alchi is 70 km from Leh downstream Indus. Most tourists hire a cab to get there, though Alchi is well connected by public transport from Leh (about 3 hours).

Alchi Monastery Timings:

All days of the week –10:00 AM – 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Entry fee for Visiting Alchi Monastery

25 per person for Indians
50 per person for foreign tourists



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