Norbulingka is very beautiful to visit. It was interesting to see the artisans making statues and weaving fabrics whilst we walked through their various studios.
Not only do you pay to enter, but you also have to pay an additional fee to see the Losal dolls. This is definitely worth doing as the dolls are painstakingly made by monks and incredibly beautiful.
The restaurant and coffee shop is clean and it is possible to eat or drink in the gardens. The menu is limited and exactly the same as the Chonar House menu. Items for sale are very expensive, although you can be guaranteed that they are made by local Tibetans howeve similar items available down town at more competitive prices. Norbulingka is not an easy place for people with disabilities as there are many steps of varying treads to climb. We loved the peace and quiet, but unfortunately there were a lot of tourists speaking loudly that disrupted our contemplation.