Alchi is a small town located in Leh, Jammu & Kashmir. It is situated on the lowland. This place is popular for its oldest Alchi monastery. June to September is the best time to visit Alchi. Alchi Monastery or Alchi Gompa (monastery and temple complex) is located in Ladakh's Alchi Village, about 65 kilometres from Leh on the banks of the Indus River. Alchi is regarded as one of the most important Buddhist centres in Ladakh, as well as one of Ladakh's monastic jewels. Devotees from all over the world flock here in search of eternal peace.
The best time to visit Alchi Monastery is during Buddhist festivals such as Chotrul Duchen, Galdan Namchot, Losar (The Tibetan New Year), Monlam, and Sho Dun when there are many celebrations such as cultural shows, music, and dance. When the weather is nice, these festivals take place between May and September. Between the months of November and April, the roads to Alchi Monastery is closed due to heavy snowfall.
How to reach Alchi Monastery
The nearest airport is 70 kilometres away in Leh. It is best to travel by Jeep or bus from Leh.
The largest and nearest railway station near Alchi monastery is Jammu, which is quite far away. From this railway station, you can hire various local taxies and cabs to reach the monastery.
Alchi Monastery is well-connected to the road network. From Leh to Alchi, there are regular buses every three hours. Because a one-way trip takes 3 hours, most people prefer to book a car and travel directly to the places so they can travel to the rest of the places around Alchi as well.
Things to do in Alchi Monastery
1. Visit the temples
Alchi Monastery has the three most famous temples that have long drawn tourists due to their interesting and intricate carvings and the age-old Buddha statue. These are well-known not only for their beauty but also for their historical and cultural significance.
2. Visit the Monk Cells
Alchi is one of the few places where you can actually see the cells where monks spend their lives. You can also learn about Buddhism here.
3. Appreciate the Paintings
The paintings in Alchi Monastery are among the oldest surviving paintings in the world. People from various parts of the world come here to see these beautiful Alchi monastery paintings.