The moment you drive into village, it is a different experience. A narrow lane that allows only one vehicle to pass through, a small village circle which perhaps is the centre of the village, and which is the centre of all the activity, a lane that guides you to the old and beautiful Alchi Choskor monastery lined on both sides with turquoise souvenir selling shops, apple trees all over smelling of sweet apples - can't explain in words the beauty of the village.
The monastery itself is very old, presumably 1000 years or so, but still standing tall and beautiful. The murals/paintings on the walls may have worn out but the life in them hasn't. May be they could have some guides there to explain the stories behind those murals. There is a whole lot of heritage in that place. There were many small temples one for each deity. The doors were small so that you bow as you enter, so thoughtful thus reminding us that the almighty is supreme. Most of them were wooden structures and were getting renovated. There are many prayer wheels lined one after the other along an alley. Amidst countless trees with the Indus in the backdrop, this monastery is just out of the world. You also have a couple of Indus viewing points where you can click some amazing pictures.
This is a must visit for every ladakh traveller. Don't miss it for anything.
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