Alchi

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Alchi
Village
The Indus river valley at Alchi
The Indus river valley at Alchi
Alchi is located in Ladakh
Alchi
Alchi
Location in Ladakh, India
Alchi is located in India
Alchi
Alchi
Alchi (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
CountryIndia
Union TerritoryLadakh
DistrictLeh
TehsilLikir[1]
Population
 (2011)
 • Total932
Languages
 • OfficialHindi, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Census code953
"Welcome from Model Village", Alchi, Ladakh. 2010

Alchi is a village in the Leh district of Ladakh, India.[2] It is located in the Likir tehsil, on the banks of Indus River 70 km downstream from the capital Leh. Unlike the other gompas in Ladakh, Alchi is situated on lowland, not on a hilltop.[3]

The Alchi Monastery or Alchi Gompa lies about 65 km from Leh on the banks of the Indus river.[4]

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.[5] Inside the monastery houses thousands of rare and unique sculptures and paintings back to 11th century Western Tibet.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 census of India, Alchi has 145 households. The effective literacy rate (i.e. the literacy rate of population excluding children aged 6 and below) is 72.51%.[6]

Demographics (2011 Census)[6]
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

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. ^ https://leh.nic.in/about-district/administrative-setup/village/
  2. ^ "Blockwise Village Amenity Directory" (PDF). Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 September 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  3. ^ Schettler, Margaret & Rolf. (1981) Kashmir, Ladakh & Zanskar. Lonely Planet, South Yarra, Vic., Australia, p. 104.
  4. ^ "Alchi Monastery". Incredible India.
  5. ^ Rizvi (1996), p. 60.
  6. ^ a b "Leh district census". 2011 Census of India. Directorate of Census Operations. Retrieved 23 July 2015.

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