Norbulingka Institute


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Norbulingka Institute Overview

Ranked 5 of 54 sightseeing in Dharamshala

Norbulingka Institute is an educational and training institute in Dharamshala which was established for preserving Tibetan culture and art. It was established by Dalai Lama and got its name from his official residence situated at Lhasa. The institute is located amidst gardens, ponds and bridges, featuring separate buildings for library, temple, workshop, studio, college and guest house.

It has been built in traditional Tibetan style and is situated near Dharamshala in the Kangra Valley. This institute is a registered trust, which is managed by Dalai Lama. The main sections of this institute are the Academy of Tibetan Culture, Literary and Cultural Research Centre as well as the Centre of the Arts.

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4th Dec 16

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10th Feb 17

Impeccable Tibet Culture

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30th Jan 17

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Sagar Gant
27th Dec 16

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27th Dec 16

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Monday - Friday:
9:30 AM -6:00 PM
9:30 AM -6:00 PM
9:30 AM -6:00 PM
Public Holidays:
9:30 AM -6:00 PM

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Arpita Dastidar

Arpita Dastidar5.0/5

2 reviews

It offers peace of mind

Though monasteries are the part of my thesis so I visited Norbulingka. And I found so silent and soothing although they have there own workshops. I found every one smiling over there involved in their own job completely. It offers peace of mind. Landscape was the main attraction over there, played well with water body.

Babita Reddy

Babita Reddy3.9/5

1 review

Good experience visiting here

On my way of trip to MadhyaPradesh, I heard about this Institute and went there, after going there I came to know that this is nothing but a Tibetan training institute for crafts but everywhere we can see the Tibetan love for primary colours like Red, a deep Prussian blue, warm yellow - also greens. In Upstairs we can see some students learning "Thangka" painting of Gods and Goddesses, metal craft, woodcraft, etc. Some of those were on sale, but high prices, the temple is also decorated with paintings very nicely. There is also a another attraction inside the institute which is none other than a Doll Museum with very beautiful collections. There is water flowing everywhere, which even drives the prayer wheels, it is really a good experience visiting there.

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Gaurav Vashistha

Gaurav Vashistha5.0/5

12 reviews

Rejevunate yourself here

Norbulingka is one place which one can never review properly in words. No review can ever do justice to Norbulingka and the beauty it possesses. It goes beyond anything. The way they have preserved nature, used the sound of water to maximum use and the artifacts on show, it all culminates into a real masterpiece. You can witness the paintings being made and the sheet metal shop guys making fantastic art pieces. This place is surely a must visit if you are in Dharamshala.

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  • Rejevunate yourself here
  • Rejevunate yourself here
  • Rejevunate yourself here
  • Rejevunate yourself here

Aditya Tamboli

Aditya Tamboli5.0/5

9 reviews

A place worth a visit

This is the best place I have ever visited. It is a summer palace of Dalai Lama. Doll museum is very nice place which depicts various tribes in the Tibetan region.

Zoobie Sidhu

Zoobie Sidhu4.3/5

55 reviews

A lesson in Tibetan arts

Thankgka paintings, wood carvings, Tibetan dresses, monastery, good food, shopping heaven this is what Norbulingka is for me. I make it a point to go there on my each visit to Dhamrashala.

Rakesh Puri

Rakesh Puri4.3/5

11 reviews

Beautiful Temple with great ambiance

A must visit for anyone going to Dharamshala. Lot of greenery around and a nice waterway created as you climb the steps to the Temple. One feels so peaceful while sitting in the complex. It has shops selling Tibetan ware and furniture items.

Manoo Joshi

Manoo Joshi5.0/5

7 reviews

What a Place, just can't describe in words

I had visited this place on December 16, 2014. I normally make a list of places (searching on Tripadvisor) I need to visit while going to a particular city and that's how I came to know about the Norbulingka Institute. I so loved it & visit to this place has deepened my love for the place even more.This place was a dream project of Kelsang Yeshi - Minister of the Department of Religion and Culture and his wife Kim Yeshi. This great work started 1988 (inaugurated in 1995 by HH Dalai Lama) in order to preserve the Tibetan heritage & culture for the generations to come. A place for artists to practice their crafts, where people could come & see the artists and work, know about the Tibetan culture and learn the art too. This place offers rooms to stay. Built in a traditional old Tibetan architectural style, this place has so much to offer - peace, calmness, spirituality, love, beauty, knowledge & much more that words can't describe. However, one needs to be open to receive what this place offers. One has to have a love & appreciation for nature, arts & cultures, without that this place can't be loved, enjoyed, admired & understood.The gardens are designed in Japanese style & looks truly beautiful. The sounds of birds send immense joy to one's heart. They have lovely water streams designed aesthetically. One can spend hours here without getting bored. This institute now has workshops that include Thangka painting, sculpture making, Thangka applique, wood carving, applique, wood painting, tailoring, weaving, and screen printing. They also added a college to contribute to the progress of Tibetan scholastics. The center also provided employment to Tibetan refugees who lost their homes. Not only this, Norbulingka also provides Daycare & Kindergarten facilities to all staff free of cost. There is so much to know, so much to learn & so much to understand.We need to pay 20 rupees at the entrance. The fee goes toward the maintenance of the place. And a free guided tour can be requested at the entrance. You may choose to visit explore the place by yourself which I did. The temple is beautiful. The centerpiece of the temple is a 14ft gilded statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, the largest of its kind outside Tibet, lovingly crafted by Norbulingka artists from hand-hammered copper sheets.The Losel Doll Museum is amazing it has the world's largest collection of Losel Dolls over 150 dolls, all dressed in traditional Tibetan costumes. These beautiful collector's' items are hand-crafted by monks of the Drepung Loseling monastery. The Losel Doll project was started in 1983 as a way of preserving the tradition of Tibetan costumes, while making innovative use of the artistic heritage for which many monks were known in Tibet. There is an entry fee of 5 rupees here.The shop here offers Thangka paintings, hand-crafted furniture, clothes & much more. But I found it expensive so didn't buy anything. Thangka painting have intricate detailing, hence, deserve the price, sadly I couldn't afford it. The cafe Hummingbird, a nice place to relax, sit by the small stream & amidst greenery but every food item is tasteless. So it's not wise to eat there at all. I loved how Dogs surround you and keep following you. The best part of the trip, all Dogs are loving & friendly but these mountain Dogs are even friendlier & warmer. Never wanted to leave them :(In case you wish to book a workshop in order to learn the art/craft deeply, you can contact the center in advance. It offers customized workshops. And at the end of the workshop, you will have a beautiful piece to take home with you, that you yourself created. Isn't that wonderful!!Kids, raised in artistic environment, would too enjoy being here. My 5 year old girl loved our 5-hour visit here. She asked me thousand of questions, inquired about every workshop, spend long time observing how artists did things. She remembers the details to this day. I am glad she showed interest & understood things about a new totally new culture. We really want to visit this place again in 2-3 years.Norbulingka is open 9am to 5:30pm everyday (shop, cafe, doll museum, temple & guesthouse). The workshops & offices are closed on Sundays & second Saturday of each month.So, I hope this post helps you plan your trip in a better way! :)

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Siddharth Ajmera

Siddharth Ajmera5.0/5

56 reviews

Tibetan culture beautifully and elegantly presented

Norbulingka Institute of Tibetan Culture is an institute responsible for the preservation of the Tibetan Culture. The institute is beautifully built and is a great place to know about the Tibetan Culture and tradition.The place also has a small Tibetan Style restaurant which serves Tibetan drinks and refreshments.The institute caters to the needs of students who learn painting, sketching, stitching, etc. Found some really talented artists there.There is also a store which sells Tibetan dresses and a temple as well. Overall, it adds greatly to the experience. A must visit place.

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  • Tibetan culture beautifully and elegantly presented
  • Tibetan culture beautifully and elegantly presented
  • Tibetan culture beautifully and elegantly presented
  • Tibetan culture beautifully and elegantly presented

Vijay Chaudhary

Vijay Chaudhary4.3/5

6 reviews

Beautiful paintings; Awesome place

This temple is having a huge idol of Lord Buddha, majestically carved of bronze metal. It has a restaurant where one experience the taste of Tibetan foods. Its awesome, huge temple, has beautiful painting over the walls which itself explains the hard work of these refugees. Very religious there is an art gallery inside the temple campus which talks loud about their rich culture. It is approachable by cars and taxis are available just outside the temple. Transportation is no issue at all, it was an worth visiting temple.

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6 reviews

The great Budhha

Wonderful monastery gold plated Lord Buddha statue metallic statue with big prayer hall and doll museum.

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