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65 km from Leh in the barren mountain valley of river Indus, the monasteries of Alchi are fine examples of traditional Tibetan architecture.

Solid square and rectangular structures with flat roofs and with elaborate murals is a landmark of Buddhist art and architecture in the Himalayan region.

Monastic complex of Alchi mainly comprises the following shrines:
1. Lha-Khang Soma (New Temple)
2. Sumstek (Triple storied shrine)
3. Dukhang (Assembly Hall)
4. Lotsava Lhakhang
5. Manjushri Lhakhang (Temple of Manjushri)
6. Three Chhortens (Stupas)

The murals depicted in the above shrines and stucco images enshrined therein are ascribable to period between 11th to 13th century A.D.


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