Alchi Gompa Monastery

Alchi Gompa Buddhist monastery India
Alchi Gompa the oldest of Chos-kor or religious shrine built during the 11th century by Lak-Dan Shas_rab, a Tibetan noble man who accompanied Nyima-Gon into Ladakh. The Alchi Gompa Ladakh is a religious complex or Chos-kor as the native says is fragmented into 5 temples reflecting the Buddhist cultures, wall paintings, frescoes, sculptures, statues, and murals belonging to 11th to 12th century. This Ladakh monastery exhibits the Indian style of architecture blended with Tibetan designs make it a unique monastery to witness.

The star attractions of Alchi complex are the Dukhang (assembly hall) and the three-storey Sum-tsek where one can experience the classic Tibetan paintings, Buddhist inscriptions, frescoes depicting life of Buddha as well as his teachings. The ancient Alchi Gompa a thriving complex of Buddhist teachings and worship was deserted for centuries until being maintained by the monks of Likir to preserve the one of oldest Buddhist Gompa.

Some Points to Remember :-

  • The Alchi monastery is situated 70 Kms from the Srinagar – Leh Highway and is the only Gompa to be built on the ground level rest all are either built on cliff or hill-tops.

  • The Buddhist art infused with Kashmiri traditional paintings gives the relics a different touch than the Tibetan Buddhist paintings. The Alchi Gompa Leh Ladakh is the redolent of Indian Buddhism .

  • The visitors must remember that photography is strictly prohibited within the complex of the Gompa.

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