Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center

Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center

Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Following the dramatic escape of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, thousands of fellow Tibetan came to India and establised a Tibetan Carpet manufacturing workshop in 1959 to support their livelihood in India. All the carpets are made of organic materials and all the carpets are hand-made. You can design your own carpet too!
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NorthernRivers
Kingscliff, Australia10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
If you decide to purchase a rug, or a scarf or whatever beware if the following:
The price shown on the item is in Indian Rupees. If you take the rug with you, that’s the price you pay ( so I’m told), but If you require postage, that’s a different matter.

They don’t tell you that on the “ pink coloured” receipt provided to you, the amounts are not in Rupees but in US Dollars (although “US$ “ is in the small print you just assume you are dealing in Indian rupees) and suddenly changing to deal in US$ when you are in India and when you had been dealing in rupees is not an immediate connection.

Additionally, another thing they don’t tell you is that they charge you US$25 per square foot of rug as Indian government tax. We were initially told it would be “ a gift” to avoid tax. We were told postage to Australia was Rs670 ( around $12 Australian).

We purchased a rug which was 3 x 6 ft. The price on the rug was Rs1860 - approximately AU$325 plus $12 postage. (So we thought we were spending around AU$337.00). BTW The internet price, we learned later was approximately Rs1200 for the same rug.
Our credit card debit showed just over AU$1,000.
We returned to the Tibetan refugee place following morning to inquire about the discrepancy. We were then told about the US$205 postage plus US$450 for Indian Government tax ( whether this is a true tax or not we cannot verify).
So a $337 rug turned into $1000 rug. Just providing WARNING to anyone who thinks they are doing a noble thing helping the Tibetan refugees. I think they are actually very shrewd so be alert.
Written February 18, 2023
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Becca N
North Yorkshire, UK13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I bought a rug from these guys back in November (after what was a great visit) and arranged for it to be delivered back to the UK. I was expecting the rug to arrive in March and have not yet received this. I have tried contacting them on multiple telephone numbers, email addresses and facebook. On facebook my private message are marked as 'read' but I never receive a message back. I would be very wary about purchasing a rug from them. If someone from the centre reads this please do get in touch with me about my order and its shipping details so I can look to track it.
Written September 16, 2020
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dursey1
Usk, UK5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
Further to you last reviewer, we have also had a very similar experience. We paid for 2 rugs and shipping costs to the UK (£470 in total). We ordered them in November 2014 and were told they would be delivered in Jan / Feb 2015. We still have not had them. We too have had no response whatsoever from our emails to them. Don't fall into the same trap!! Do not order anything from the Tibetan Refuge Centre.
Written March 24, 2015
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Stuart W
London, England11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
In common with other reviewers we have also not received a carpet that we paid £240 for on 2nd January. The centre does not respond to any queries about the whereabouts of the carpet. Unfortunately, this appears to be a corrupt retail outlet. If we do receive our rug, we would be happy to amend this review. However, we are not hopeful of this reading the experiences of other visitors (if those who wrote similar reviews have received their rugs we would be happy to hear of this). Please do not waste your money by falling prey to this scam.
Written June 17, 2015
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skpatel
Vadodara District, India323 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
according to me no need to go so long way to travel in hilly area , its very tiresome , and after reaching there you find nothing worth watching except regular souvenir shop which is selling all items with very high price , and nothing special you find there. all other shops were closed as it was lunch time according to my taxi driver by 11 am and will get open after 3 pm
Written March 31, 2015
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Taco d
Klungkung, Indonesia93 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
Usually after or before the Happy Valley teat garden the tour guide like to bring you to this place. Refugees came here in the 1950s. Now they are old, some very old. It all feels very strange. The refugees that succeeded have of course long ago departed from this place, the remainder that was not so clever staid here. Should Tibet be proud of this? You may buy some of the stuff on sale for christmas presents and see the museum on the tragedy of the tibetans. Better to move on.
Written October 16, 2014
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London_Kent_UK
London, UK99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
You can meet and talk to those that have fled their country and would love to go back, see how they make a living making carpets and other hand woven products. Visited by great world leaders, its a must see in Dargeeling
Written February 15, 2014
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RiteshShah
Bangkok, Thailand94 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Family
This place is not open on all days, so please check before you visit. The place is a small ground with a basketball court which serves as the parking surrounded by buildings. I am told that this is where all the refugees stay.

There is a shop selling souvenir, which is nothing exceptional or Tibetian about; but buying from here will help the refugees. There are pictures on the wall representing tibetian freedom movement and news articles on self immolation, etc. More than the shop, what matters to understand is what these people go through for their freedom under their leader HH Dalai Lama.
Written May 4, 2013
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shajukutty
Pune, India143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Family
Visiting the Tibetan Refugee Self help centre is a unique experience.It gives us a flashback of the history regarding the Tibetan crisis during the 60's.

Reflects the hardwork & self respect of the Tibetans. Also, captures the relationship with Dalai Lama & Tibet from the times in the 70's. All the framed pics are nostalgic.

Good place to purchase woollen carpets - quality and amazing varieties.

Must visit place esp. if you are a history lover.
Written January 20, 2019
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Aravind Mohan
Mumbai, India261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
A visited this place strictly to buy a thangka as souvenir. However the life and conditions of helpless Tibetan refuges made me commit a little more budget for them. They great every customer coming to their centres of carpet weaving and so on. You can see the gratitude in their faces and best way to buy cheaper items from their shop in the center. Otherwise products in market of chaurastha are expensive.
Written November 24, 2018
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