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Alchi
Situated 67km away from Leh, the village of Alchi is famous for its isolation and significant Himalayan heritage. It is home to the Alchi Gompa, of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh dating back to the 11th century. Thirty-two Kashmiri wood carvers and sculptors helped to build the structure and it is famous for its painted murals and frescoes that display an Indian touch in terms of style and design. These paintings display the families of Buddha and other deities.

Alchi also has a lot of other monasteries of interest, including Dukhang, the oldest temple in town & famed for its engravings & carved images of Bodhisattvas. The temple was designed in the picture of the universe & employs a special geometric design. Sum-tsek temple is typical of Buddhist art with a carved wooden facade & massive pillars. Lhakhang Soma is a contemporary structure with elegant columns featuring engraved lion faces.

Tourist Attractions in Alchi:

Summer is the best time to visit Alchi when the temperatures are pleasant and in June the town plays host to the Hemis Festival, a day event that offers a glimpse of the Ladakhi culture and traditions.
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