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Location: 70 km (44 mi) West of Leh, Leh district   Map

Constructed: early 11th century by Rinchen Zangpo

Leh tourist office (01982)252 297

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Alchi Monastery

Alchi Monastery

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description of Alchi Monastery

Alchi Monastery is a religious complex situated 70 km (44 mi) West of Leh in a Leh district in India. Alchi Monastery was constructed in the early 11th century by a Ladakhi king Rinchen Zangpo or Tsangpo (Rin-chen-Izghimpo). King also made an agreement with a king or Gyalpo of Tibet who sent his artisans to the monastery and internal design. Alchi Monastery unlike other monasteries was constructed on the lowlands before attacks from the North. Later medieval Muslim invasions that occurred in the 13th century forced Buddhists to construct their shrines high in the mountains.
 
Alchi Monasteries consists of temple of Manjushri also known as Jampe Lhakhang. It is covered by frescoes as well as sculptures that also include depiction of Rinchen Zangpo, founder of the monastery. Another temple is Sum- tsek. It is a three story Buddhist structure with a statue of a four armed Bodhisattva that reaches the second floor. Other sculptures here include a figure of Maitreya Buddha, Avalokiteshvara and Manjushri. The largest and well preserved structure in this religious complex is Du- Khang or assembly hall. Its walls are covered by frescoes of Buddha and other deities.

 

 

 

 

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