Alchi Choskor Monastery, Leh

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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. To plan Leh vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • It's a small place compared to many other monasteries in Leh. Nonetheless, it is very peaceful and beautiful. The architecture is different and there is a small charge for entry. Saw a different kind ...  more »
  • History and heritage enthusiasts might like this place, but I am a bit annoyed. I'm not judging its historical interest, of course... Especially if you like taking pictures, it is not very spectacular... There is so much more spectacular in the region.
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  • It is a Tibetan temple. Here the statue of Buddha available. It is a tourist attraction. Design of the place is amazing  more »
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  • Nice place. Close to nature. Must visit the monastery and #indus river.
  • Although there are a great many temples, caves and stupas built in Ladakh by Rinchen zangpo, Translator, Alchi Choskor is the largest and most famous of all of them. Alchi is situated at a distanc of 69 kilometres west of Leh, south of the village of Saspola on the opposite side of the Tsangspo (Indus). Alchi Choskar was constructed by RinchenZangpo, the Translator, approximately 990 ycars ago. The sacred temples to be seen there include the principal one of Rinchen the Losta Lhakhang (Translators Temple), the Jamyang Lhakhang i Temple) and the so-called Sumtsag Lhakhang OThree-tiered Temple). The main image is that of Vairocana but there can also been seen the Five Buddha Families together with their attendant deities, the beautiful and various forms of the buddhas and bodhisattvas moulded in clay, carved in wood and painted on the walls. The paintings are not like the Tibetan but rather they are executed according to the Indian order to build these temples tradition. Rinchen zangpo, the Translator is said in the various biographics to have brought with him from Kashmir thirty-two sculptors and woodcarvers. There are, furthermore, many temples and stupas there which have gone to ruin. The translators own staff which he himself planted there is now a huge willow tree. It is reckoned be the to oldest willow in Ladakh. other temples built by Rinchen zangpo, the Translator, are to be found at Mangyu, Sumda, each containing a sacred image of Vairocana, various most beautiful images of the Buddhas and Bodhisatvas and many kinds of lovely paintings. They are also included among the 108 temples built by Rinchen zangpo, the Translator, within the province of Naris-skor-sum,
  • Amazing place. A very old monastery with intricate carvings. Souvenir shops and restaurants are available but are priced on a higher side.
  • Alchi Monastery located beside Indus River offering majestic view. At the entrance, there is market fir shopping. Its an old Gompha. Worth a visit.
  • Ancient gompas around this place and few shops from where you can buy collectibles. There is also a view at the back side of the Indus river. Again a lot of history and the most beautiful part of visiting this place is the journey. Awesome views!
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