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Alchi Choskor Monastery, Leh

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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Explore one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries in Northern India at Alchi Choskor Monastery. According to local legend, this ancient complex of temples, which contains four separate settlements, was constructed between 958 CE and 1055 CE. Wander around the complex and discover exceptional mural paintings, intricate wood carvings, and Baroque-style artwork. You’ll also stumble across huge statues of the Buddha within the complex. Inside the assembly hall, walk down a passageway that contains 1,000 images of the Buddha. Take your time to appreciate this complex on your own, or take a guided tour to fully appreciate the history behind the site. Plan to visit Alchi Choskor Monastery and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Leh attractions using our Leh vacation planner.
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  • This is the only monastery that we visited that actually was bit lower than the ground level! Makes it a very different experience. The grand old structures have been preserved very well. It would be ...  read more »
  • סדרת מקדשים עתיקים שנחצבו בסלע ויש בהן עבודות עץ מרשימות מאד וציורי קיר עתיקים. המקום שונה מהמנזרים הפעילים וחובבי המיתולוגיה הטיבטית ימצאו בו עניין 
  • One of the oldest monasteries in the area. The doors are unusually small, you have to bend low to enter, bu the statues inside are huge. Outside the temple, you can choose amongst a lot of souvenirs l...  read more »
  • One of the oldest monasteries of Laddakh, very nice
  • Great place with a monastery unlike any other. This place has extremely intricate murals
  • Alchi, 65 km from Leh lies in the barren mountain valley of river Indus. It was patronised a thousand years ago by two wealthy Buddhist Monks, Kalden Sherap and Tshultrin and is founded by Rin-chen-Zang-po. Dwarfed by high mountains in the backdrop, the monasteries of Alchi are fine examples of traditional Tibetan architecture. Solid square and rectangular structures with flat roofs and with elaborate murals is a landmark of Buddhist art and architecture in the Himalayan region. Monastic complex of Alchi mainly comprises the following shrines: 1. Lha-Khang Soma (New Temple) 2. Sumstek (Triple storied shrine) 3. Dukhang (Assembly Hall) 4. Lotsava Lhakhang. 5. Manjushri Lhakhang (Temple of Manjushri) 6. Three Chhortens (Stupas) The murals depicted in the above shrines and stucco images enshrined therein are ascribable to period between 11th to 13th century A.D.
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