The first spot was ALCHI MONASTERY which is a Buddhist Monastery. It took us around 1.5 hours to reach here and the journey wasn't so smooth. I felt nauseous almost throughout the ride and even threw up. Make sure to keep avomin or something similar handy.TIP: Since this is a religious place, make sure to dress appropriately and do not wear any short clothes. (Jeans and long dresses are fine).We spent good 2 hours here exploring the monastery, the local market and clicking pictures. The local shops had Apricot beer available (locally made). Although we didn't buy any but I would suggest you try it.
Alchi is a village in ladakh known for its Buddhist remains and origins.
There is a market before you reach the monastery and it is very nice, we repented not picking up few things in the hope of picking it up from leh market. As you walked towards the monastery take the left instead of going straight and you get to see beautiful view of the Indus river. It was bright and sunny and we clicked a few selfies! The paintings at the monastery are said to be 1000 years old. The colors are still alive and it reflects the amazing artwork that people did at those times. There are few cafes around the monastery to chill.
We started with Alchi Gompa which is the most celebrated Ladakh’s monastery and dates back to 11th century. It is the complex of temples located within the village.Beautiful Indus river flows at the back side of this place and scene is worth capturing . On the way back to Leh we covered an array of places .
Day 2-We went to Alchi Monastry, 5 hrs-140Kms from leh, on the Srinagar-Leh highway. En-route, experienced the Magnetic hill,saw the Sangam of Indus-Zanskar river, beautiful and virgin experience.We did rafting in the river and on way back to leh visited pathar sahib gurudwara. took overnight rest at the hotel.Day 3 We started for Khardungla(the highest Motorable road) at 9am and reached khardungla point at 1pm. The temperature was freezing cold and it was vacumm there at the top. The military serves the public with snacks and tea and have oxygen mask for people who may have an oxygen deficiency(u may have).The route is nauseating and better carry 'hajmola' if you are altitude sick. By 4pm we reached hunder village and visited the Dikshit Gompa which is a 100ft. long buddha statue overlooking the hunder village. In the evening, we took rest at a boutique hotel at hunder which is a small hamlet with some unique stay options. The surroundings are quiet and you will at times feel cut off from the civilization.