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Alchi Monastery ladakh

Although there are many temples, caves and stupas built in Ladakh by Rinchen Zangpo, famously called Translator, Alchi Choskor is largest and most famous of all of them. Alchi is situated a distance of 67 kms west of Leh, founded by Rinchen Zangpo, in 1000 AD. The main image is that of Vairocana but there can also be seen the five Buddha Families together with their attendant deities. The paintings are not like the Tibetan Style but rather they are according to the Indian tradition. In order to build these temples, Rinchen Zangpo, the translator is said to have brought various biographers with him from Kashmir.