Alchi Monastery is a Buddhist Monastery located in Alchi Village in Leh district, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India. In Alchi Village there are four hamlets. Out of these 4 hamlets, this is the most famous and oldest monastery. Likir Monastery is administering this monastery. Major festival celebrates at this gompa is Ladakh festival. This festival celebrates for 15 days.
What to see in Alchi Monastery:
Chortens: Great Chorten and Small Chorten belong to 13th century. These are decorated gateways. Names of these chortens are kakani Chroten and Ka Ka ni mchod rten. Along with this chortens, there are other 3 chortens can be seen here. Ancient paintings can be seen in these chortens.
Manjushri Temple: Other name of this temple is Jampe Lhakhang. It is built around the 4 central images of manjushri. Four pillars form the enclosure for the images. Cross bracing are supporting the pillars. These are connected to the Painted wood ceiling.
Sumtseg: It is one of the attractions of this monastery. Sumtseg means 3 storied building. It was built with natural stone and loam. Tibetan tradition can be seen in the construction of this building. Kashmiri artists made paintings, clay images, walls, facades, luxuriant woodwork columns. These attractions can be seen inside this building.
Dukhang: This is the assembly hall located at the heart of the monastery. At this place monks perform ceremonies and conduct prayers. At the outer gate, visitors can see Mahakal and Wheel of life. This is dedicated to Panch Tathagatas. Main deity worshipped in this hall.
What to see around Alchi Monastery:
Leh Palace: In 17th century this was acted as royal residence. Victory on the top of the Namgyal hill is another attraction. This tower was built as a mark of victory over Ballti Kashmir armies.
Nubra Valley: It is high altitude desert which is well known for its beauty. This valley separates Karakoram and Ladakh.
Shanti Stupa: It has white domed monument with backdrop of brown mountains.
Stok: This is famous for its Buddhist Monastery. It also acts as gateway for several trekking activities. This is located 14kms away from Leh.
Magnetic Hill: Due to magnetic force of the hill cars will be pulled upwards. It is 27kms away from Leh.
Mangyu Monastery: Major attractions of this monastery are paintings of mandalas, and rare thangkas.
Rizong Monastery: It looks like fortress. This gompa belongs to Gelukpa order of Buddhism.
War Museum: Other name is wall of fame. This museum showcases the war effort and Sacrifice of the Indian Army in its war against Pakistan.
Sankar Gompa: This place is famous for the statue of Avalokiteshwara Padmahari or Chenresig. This statue has thousands of heads and arms.
Rangdum Monastery: It lies between Kargil and padum. Main attraction of this monastery is assembly hall. This hall has beautiful status.
Sani Monastery: It is one of the 8 most sacred places for Buddhists. This place is most famous among Tibetan Buddhism. This monastery has ancient chortens. It is constructed by Emperor Kanishka. Attractions of this Gompa are idols, paintings and murals of Saint Padmasambhava.
Getting to Alchi Monastery: Only way to reach this place is through road way. Before reaching this place one has to reach Leh. This place can be reached either from Srinagar or from Manali. Both routes are mountain routes. Sometimes these routes will be blocked due to landslides. From Leh, Jeeps and Taxis are available to reach this monastery. Bus services to this gompa are very limited. Nearest railway station is located at Kalka. Taxis and Buses are available to reach Manali. Then taxis and buses are available to reach Leh from Manali. Nearest airport is located at Leh.
Getting around Alchi Monastery: This gompa can be explored on foot. From Leh, visitors can see the surrounding places of this gompa via buses and taxis.
Best time to visit Alchi Monastery: Best time to visit this monastery is between May to September.
Where to stay in Alchi Monastery: Only small budget hotels are available to stay in this monastery.
Where to eat in Alchi Monastery: Small restaurants are available here. Tibetan and Indian Food serve in these restaurants.