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“beautiful grounds”

Norbulingka Institute
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$112.00*
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Dharamshala Tibetan Heritage and Nature Day Tour
Ranked #2 of 57 things to do in Dharamsala
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Owner description: This institute is dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan culture.
Reviewed January 1, 2014

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.

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Visited this place sometime in Nov 2011 but writing a review today... Peaceful and a nice place to be in Dharamshala.... Easily one of the best Places in dharamShala... You feel that you have come to a completely different place when you enter the place.. There is a huge buddha temple and you feel at peace as soon as you enter it.. You can click snaps in the temple as well... Not much people around when we visited... There is a coffee shop as well within the institute and you can sit and enjoy for as long as you want.. Would definately come back to this place..

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Reviewed December 29, 2013

That's exactly what it is to enter Norbulingka Institute in Dharamsala. We were a group of around 20 girls who were very excited by the descriptions of the place.

The place has a very nice feel to it that is mix between the modern world and very rustic charm. We went to the monastery and saw the paintings being made and were shown around by a man named Tashi. The staff was very help.

We asked for a guide because we were on a tight time schedule and were promptly provided one who was more than happy to answer our questions and doubts. He also took the extra effort of answering the cross questions and explained both Buddhist philosophy as well as Tibetan practices/way of life.

It is a well maintained place and has an aura of serenity around it. There is a museum that has dolls depicting life in Tibet and is a must visit. The handicrafts shop is however very costly and in terms of a souvenir one can only buy a card or a postcard maybe. Hospitality and services are excellent.

1  Thank Utkarsha
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Reviewed December 29, 2013

Peaceful and nice place to be in.the ambience adds inner peace to you and is a different experience by itself.The cafe is a nice place for excellent coffees, cakes and savouries.It also houses a Doll Museum which is a must see.The curio shop is good if you like Tibetan Art

Thank Anshita68
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

It's one of those places which get you engrossed ! It's keeping the Tibetan Arts and Crafts alive by training the next generation besides providing genuine info about the history of the Tibetan people. The Doll Mueseum is excellent ! The handicraft section is great however their prices are on the higher side. The temples inside the Institute are beautiful. The place is serene.

Thank SUNNYAADI
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