Alchi, a small village situated on low land, is about 70 km to the west of Leh district and is located on the banks of the River Indus.
Alchi village is very fertile and it is all green with apricot trees on both side of road. This region had influence of Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism because it falls on the route to Turkestan of China but its isolation helped the village and gompas to keep their cultural traditions safe from the outer influences.
The Alchi village is famous for the existence of one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh known as Alchi Monastery, which is Ladakh’s most valuable heritage. Alchi monastery is a Buddhist worshipping place and study centre and is managed by the monks of Likir. The monastery was built, according to local tradition, by the great translator Guru Rinchen Zangpo between 958AD and 1055AD. The building is said to have been built during the 11th century and the architecture of the place is also excellent.
A museum constructed and maintained by Indian army.
12000 ft above sea level, constructed in the memory of Guru Nanak.
A Buddhist monastery, known as monastic complex (chos-'khor) of temples
Also known as "the Paradise for Mediation", noted for its extremely strict rules and standards.