Norbulingka Institute
Norbulingka Institute
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TMBom
Mumbai, India700 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
Norbulingka institute exceeded our expectations. It was such a fantastic feeling to see all the things the Tibetans are making. It’s now a self sustaining unit. There is a free guided tour. You must take that tour to really understand the place. You may have to wait for 10-15 min but it’s worth it. We had a young man who explained it very well to us. Can’t recollect his name. Maybe Probhu or Thengru. Maybe I’m wrong. But he showed us the entire place with so much interest. The temple part has 11 ft tall Buddha and even a Thanka which is beautiful. There are 1173 small Buddhas painted on the walls and looks fascinating. He explained the different forms of Buddha. You must visit the Doll museum , the carpentry area and the place where Thankas are painted. It was extremely impressive. It took us more than an hour to enjoy this beautiful institute. As a contribution to the institution, we decided to buy from the store. Everything was extremely expensive. We saw an embroidery art which was for Rs 4200:- ( art of yaks) but we decided to buy it. There were 2 copies of the same art. When we tried to buy it we were told by the lady that it’s not in stock so not for sale. We found it very odd as they had an extra piece of the same . Anyways it was their loss and was disappointing to know that the sale didn’t matter much to them
Written March 9, 2023
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lotusdiamond
Chandigarh, India1,258 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
One of the best place to visit in Dharamsala. Located not far from the city. Parking and clean washroom available. You need to buy tickets ₹20/- each. You can see working on wood carvings, painting, tailoring, metal art, sculptures making etc. awesome landscaping. You can buy these items at a shop near Temple inside. On the last steps you visit Beautifully maintained Buddhist temple. Must visit place and good for photography. Dolls museum is big attraction. One restaurant and one cafe also available inside, rates reasonable. Norbling house hotel situated inside have 7 rooms, rate approx ₹3000/- plus with all facilities a good option for stay and relax. You need 2-3 hours to appreciate everything inside and must visit for all age groups. This is centre to preserve and promote Tibetan culture and arts .
Written January 8, 2023
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labal
Chennai (Madras), India321 contributions
Feb 2023
The institute offers an insight into the way of life of Tibetans. Can see them at work sculpting, cutting, doing carpentry, etc. entry fee of 50 rupees to be paid. Can purchase items as souvenirs.
Written February 13, 2023
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Ila I
Mumbai239 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
It’s aesthetically very pleasing to see the garden, landscaping and architecture even as you see the local arts and crafts being taught.
The cafeteria here has a varied menu and everything we ate was excellent.
The butter tea was the best.
It’s worth spending a few hours here and feeling good that being Indians we have done our bit to encourage the Buddhist culture and take care of the Tibetan refugees.
Written May 22, 2022
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Christopher A
Portland56 contributions
Oct 2022
Amazing place to visit. We went twice in one week. So peaceful to walk around the grounds. Excellent food. Watching the Tibetan artisans make Thangka's, wood carvings, and really amazing skills. Rare to get a glimpse in to the Tibetan historic culture in this way. The cafes and restaurants were excellent.
Written December 14, 2022
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Sujata752
New Delhi, Delhi, India142 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Its a great place with a peaceful temple. One can see various craft workshops in progress like wood carving, wood painting, metal sculpture, thanka painting etc. Normally they would take in students for training but not now, due to the pandemic. They have a shop also, though overpriced. I loved the temple here and the vibes. One can sit here quietly and meditate. It also has a cafe, which was quite decent. The place closes for lunch 1-2 pm. Overall, the vibe of this place is very positive and refreshing, with water fountains flowing around.
Written July 19, 2021
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Akshay Sharma
New Delhi, India10,039 contributions
May 2022
This is a monastery of Tibetians located in Dharamshala. It has beautiful statues of Lord Buddha, a well maintained natural garden with a running stream, a doll museum and a cafe. The place is very serene and a must-visit on the list.
Written May 5, 2022
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ron0266
Cabarita Beach, Australia234 contributions
Oct 2022
definitely worth a visit if you are in the area, it showcases everything Tibetan. And young people are learning the skills to carry on the traditions. Surrounded by very pretty gardens, good cafes and the temple is a nice spot to sit and reflect
Written November 3, 2022
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Shrinidhi Hande
Chennai (Madras), India931 contributions
Jan 2020
Worth a visit to understand Tibetan culture. Entry fee applicable, stay options also available upon request. Visitors can see woodwork, painting, metal shop and other forms of creativity and design activities. A temple, shop and a cafeteria are available. Approx time to spend 1- 2 hours. Well designed campus that makes use of naturally flowing water
Written January 27, 2020
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Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy89 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
Norbulingka Institute is amazing place for hardicraft lovers. This institute offers students to learn Tibetan artistic traditions . Paintings, Buddism paintings , handicraft wood , on clothes and many other . There is also a Buddha temple. Well organised with tour guide for whole institute. Beautiful place also for photography. Must go there to have a look on Tibetian Culture.
Written July 11, 2020
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