Alchi

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Alchi
village
The Indus river valley at Alchi
The Indus river valley at Alchi
Alchi is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Alchi
Alchi
Location in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Alchi is located in India
Alchi
Alchi
Location in India
Coordinates: 34°14′00″N 77°09′45″E / 34.2334°N 77.1625°E / 34.2334; 77.1625Coordinates: 34°14′00″N 77°09′45″E / 34.2334°N 77.1625°E / 34.2334; 77.1625
Country India
State Jammu and Kashmir
District Leh
Tehsil Khalsi
Population (2011)
 • Total 932
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Census code 953

Alchi is a village in the Leh district of Jammu and Kashmir, India.[1] It is located in the Khalsi tehsil, on the bank of Indus River 70 km downstream from the capital in Leh. Unlike the other gompas in Ladakh, Alchi is situated on lowland, not on a hilltop.[2]

The Alchi Monastery is located in this village.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 census of India, Alchi has 145 households. The literacy rate of the village is 65.67%.[3]

Demographics (2011 Census)[3]
Total Male Female
Population 932 575 357
Children aged below 6 years 88 46 42
Scheduled caste 0 0 0
Scheduled tribe 712 355 357
Literates 612 422 190
Workers (all) 577 420 157
Main workers (total) 471 400 71
Main workers: Cultivators 118 99 19
Main workers: Agricultural labourers 18 4 14
Main workers: Household industry workers 1 0 1
Main workers: Other 334 297 37
Marginal workers (total) 106 20 86
Marginal workers: Cultivators 64 2 62
Marginal workers: Agricultural labourers 36 12 24
Marginal workers: Household industry workers 0 0 0
Marginal workers: Others 6 6 0
Non-workers 355 155 200

History[edit]

The village is famous for the existence of one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh (a national heritage) Alchi Monastery, mainly known for its magnificent, and well-preserved 11th- or 12th-century wall paintings, all in an Indo-Himalayan style.[4]

Alchi is a small village with several tourist homestays, most offering modern conveniences for overnight stays, The best time to visit is from June to September.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blockwise Village Amenity Directory" (PDF). Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council. Retrieved 2015-07-23. 
  2. ^ Schettler, Margaret & Rolf. (1981) Kashmir, Ladakh & Zanskar. Lonely Planet, South Yarra, Vic., Australia, p. 104.
  3. ^ a b "Leh district census". 2011 Census of India (Directorate of Census Operations). Retrieved 2015-07-23. 
  4. ^ Rizvi (1996), p. 60.

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