The stay here started with a bitter experience initially. As we drove in after an extremely long tiring drive from Delhi we were barred entry at the guest house\ monastery by the police and some army personael. Why? Because the chief of the army's wife wanted to visit the monastery. They stopped our car and asked us to park it away and wait till she was gone. After picking a fight with the cop for misusing their authority we gained entry.
The guest house is absolutely lovely. It's attached to the monastery and the art work shop. The entrance is typical Tibetean style architecture. The guest house has woodwork done by the Tibetean artisans. Beautifull paintings done with intricate appliqué work as well as special Tibetean style adorn the guest house. We had the most exquisite painting on the Walls of our rooms.The fish painting , was so mesmerising I spent hours just staring at it. The compounds of the guest house has the art shop where you can buy the art work done especially by the students . One can walk into their work shop and observe them at work.
They have a very nice doll museum that houses typical Tibetean dolls. The entry is Rs 5. It's worth a look. The dolls depict typical seen from Tibetean life ( royalty as well as ordinary life).
From the entrance of the guest house one Can see the monastery against the snow covered mountains in the back drop. The view is lovely.
The Norling cafe is stylish with cobbled path and lovely greenery leading to it. They have outdoor seating and indoor too. I would recommend one try their Tibetean food. They have a 3 page menu but nothing Ever seems to be available in it no matter when you go. Their breakfast is very good. Awesome pancakes, waffles and omelettes .love their fresh juices.Great coffee and tea. However the service is slow and the cafe closes by 9p.m.
Over all loved this place and it's setting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located within the Norbulingka grounds, Norling Guesthouse is surrounded by lush gardens and flowing streams. We strive to offer our guests all the modern amenities in a setting of traditional Tibetan charm. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Norling Guesthouse Hotel Dharamsala
- Norling House Dharamsala, Asia - India