Alchi is one of many small villages we passed on our way to Kargil. This one is particularly famous for Alchi Monastery, which is one of the oldest monasteries (10th century) in the valley. The monastery is mainly known for its magnificent, and well-preserved 11th or 12th century wall paintings, all in an Indo-Himalayan style. There was a small dam and hydel power project closed to the monastery. We walked there as well.