Timings : 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Closed for one hour from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Entry Fee : Indian Nationals: INR 25
Foreign Nationals: INR 50
Located in the Alchi Village of Ladakh, Alchi Monastery is a complex of Buddist temples of which Alchi Monastery is the oldest and most famous. Cemented on a flat ground unlike other monasteries in Ladakh, the traditional architecture of the monastery is a monastic complex which has 3 separate temples, known as Dukhang, Sumstek and the Temple of Manjushri. The construction of the monastery is what makes Alchi Monastery interesting to visit.
Apart from the historical and cultural factors, Alchi Monastery is also a place for adventure lovers. Rafting is a popular choice among people who visit this monastery due to its location being close to the Zaskar River, which is an added advantage for the rafters. The monastery also has various restaurants where traditional Indian and Tibetan food is served at an affordable rate and is quite tasty. The foundation of the monastery was laid down in the 10th century by Rinchen Zangpo, an eminent Tibetan scholar.
Air: The nearest airport is in Leh at a distance of 70km. From Leh it is best to travel by Jeep or bus.
Rail: Railways is not the best way to travel in and around Ladakh. The largest station is at Jammu quite far away.
Road: There are buses every three hours a day from Leh to Alchi. A one way trip takes 3 hours, so most people prefer to book a car and travel to the places directly so they can ravel to the rest of the places around Alchi as well. Most travel agencies in Leh have a booklet with them that describes the fixed prices that personal cars charge to travel to individual places as well as package destinations.
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Q. we are planning to travel from srinagar to leh. Is it ok to make halt at alchi and proceed to leh next day?