Believed to be constructed between 958 and 1055 AD, Alchi Monastery is one of the best-preserved monuments that you should visit when you indulge in Ladakh sightseeing. The monastery was constructed by Guru Rinchen Zangpo and famous as the oldest Buddhist learning centre in Ladakh.
Unlike other monasteries which are located on hilltops, Alchi Monastery is located on flat ground and has two major temples called Lakhang Soma and Lotsabha Lakhang. There is also the temple of Manjushri where one can enchant themselves with the classic architecture of ancient India. Other important places to explore at Alchi Monastery are Dukhang or Assembly Hall, Main Temple (gTsug-lag-khang), Manjushri Temple ('Jam-dpal lHa-khang), and Chortens.
Highlights: The most enticing attractions at Alchi Monastery is the intricate artwork with carvings on wood and the imposing statues of Buddha where you can appreciate the ancient architecture.
Best time to visit: The most ideal time to visit Alchi Monastery is when festivals are celebrated like Chotrul Duchen, Dajyur, Galdan Namchot, Losar, Monlam and Sho Dun. Otherwise, the months from May to September are the best for visiting Alchi Monastery.
Location: Alchi Monastery, Alchi Village, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Distance from Leh: Alchi Monastery is located at a distance of 70 kilometres from Leh.