With our excursion to Alchi in Ladakh, you can embark on an exploration of the monastic treasures of this ancient region. Driving through the picturesque landscape along the River Indus, you arrive at the fabled Alchi Monastery, which was built in the 11th century. Founded by Ringchen Zangpo, the Great Translator, the Alchi Gompa has a distinct Kashmiri influence in its art and architecture. Within the monastery you will see beautiful Tibetan- and Gandhara-style murals of Ladakh, and frescos and images of the Buddha. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a picturesque setting. On your way back from Alchi, you will pass by the Basgo fort, built in the 16th century. Basgo, literally 'Bull's Head' in the local language, was the centre of power and politics in this region, and houses a copper-gilt Buddha statue in one of its prayer halls. The ruins of the fort bear the horrific scars of the invasions of the Mongols.
Walk in the Footsteps of Buddha
- Duration6-7 Hours