Alchi was lost in the realm of time but found again with the relics of time.

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 sides of the road. It is a perfect place to relax and experience the quintessential scenery.

History and Culture

The region around Alchi was once vital for trade and cultural contact with the rest of India. When Islamic armies entered the subcontinent, what first captured their attention were the Buddhist monuments. Alchi, set amidst the barren gorges of the Indus River and desolate mountains, escaped destruction and some of the 900-year-old paintings and murals are so well preserved that they appear to have been painted just yesterday.

The shrines at Alchi, some of which date back to the late eleventh century, are considered by scholars to be among the most extensive examples of Buddhist art in Kashmir.


Alchi has an extreme climate with icy winters and normal summers. The best season to visit this place is from May to September.

Best Time
  • May - September

Suggested trips for Alchi

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Ladakh Overland Safari

16 Days
  • Hiking tour from Old Manali to Solang Valley, a firsthand glimpse into the lives of mountain folks.
  • 4 wheeled drive over the spectacular passes of Rohtang, Shingo La, Baralacha La, Lachung and Khardungla.
  • Drive along the Tso Kar & Tso Moriri lakes with camping in Tso Moriri with panoramic alpine views.
  • Visit the Nubra Valley and the beautiful monasteries in Leh and Alchi.
  • Enjoy the charm of Old and New Delhi

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