A small settlement that is lovingly nestled in Ladakh’s region, Alchi is home to one of the most important Buddhist Monasteries and that’s where you need to head to this beautiful place, otherwise, your trip to Ladakh would be incomplete. What makes Alchi Monastery a must-visit is first of all it is revered as the oldest Buddhist learning centre in North India and secondly, the monastery has some mesmerising carvings on the walls from which you just can’t take your eyes off. Coming to how to reach Alchi Monastery from Leh and other major cities of India, there are multiple ways. We at Go2Ladakh have listed down all the information so that you can choose according to your convenience.
How to Reach by Air: The nearest airport to Alchi Monastery is Leh’s Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport located at a distance & duration of 66km/ 1hr 28 min. Take a shared/private taxi, or hire a jeep or bike to reach Alchi monastery.
How to Reach by Road: To reach Alchi Monastery, reach Leh via the National Highway (NH 1) which connects the Manali-Leh Highway or the Srinagar to Leh. From Leh take a shared/private taxi, or rent a bike to reach Alchi Monastery in no time.
How to Reach by Train: As Leh doesn’t have its own railway station, the nearest to Alchi Monastery would be Jammu Tawi Railway Station located at a distance of approx 628 km. It is advisable to travel either by air or road as it will take a lot of time to reach from Jammu Tawi railway station to Alchi Monastery.
Board a connecting flight from Mumbai airport to Leh covering a duration of approx 6 hrs. From Leh, take a shared/private taxi or reach Alchi Monastery. If you are up for an adventure tour, rent a bike to reach the destination.
Mumbai to Delhi: 2hr 10min
Delhi to Leh: 1hr 30 min
Leh to Alchi Monastery: 1hr 28min
Several bus services are run by both HRTC and HPTDC from Manali to Leh Highway covering a distance & duration of approx 427 km/ 11-12 hrs. You can board a bus to reach Leh and from there you can either take a taxi or rented bike to reach Alchi Monastery.
By Air: Board a flight from Chandigarh airport to Leh covering a duration of 1 hr 10min. Upon reaching Leh, take a taxi to reach Alchi Monastery which would take you another 1hr 28 min.
By Road: Board a bus that runs between Chandigarh and Manali covering a distance & duration of 304 km/ 8-9 hrs. From Manali, you can either take a bus operated by both HRTC and HPTDC or drive your own vehicle to reach Alchi Monastery
Board a connecting flight to Leh via Delhi which would take a duration of approx 7-8 hrs. And from Leh, you can either take a taxi or bike to reach Alchi Monastery at your convenience.
If you are up for visiting Ladakh’s Alchi Monastery from the eastern part of the country, Kolkata, take a connecting flight to Leh covering a duration of 6-7 hrs. And, from Leh, you will reach Alchi Monastery in less than 2hrs by a shared taxi or bike.
Kolkata to Delhi: 2hr 30min
Delhi to Leh: 1hr 30min
Several connecting flights ply between Bangalore and Leh with Delhi being the first stop. From Leh, look for a shared taxi or if you are up for and thrilling ride, go for a rented bike.
Bangalore to Delhi: 2hr 45min
Delhi to Leh: 1hr 30min
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