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Norbulinka - Dharamshala


Best Time to Visit

Throughout the year

Dharamshala is a beautiful hill station in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It is located in the Kangra Valley and is known for its stunning natural beauty, serene atmosphere, and cultural significance. Norbulinka Institute, located near Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, India, is an important cultural and educational institution dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan art, culture, and heritage.

Norbulinka's primary mission is to preserve and promote Tibetan culture, art, and traditional craftsmanship. It provides a platform for the continued practice and transmission of these cultural traditions, which are in danger of disappearing.

  • Art Studios: The institute houses various workshops and studios where Tibetan artisans and students work on traditional crafts, including thangka painting, wood carving, statue making, and traditional Tibetan clothing.
  • Thangka Painting: Thangkas are intricate Tibetan scroll paintings often depicting religious and spiritual themes. Norbulinka's thangka painting studio is one of the most renowned in the region, and you can watch artists at work.
  • Wood Carving: The institute is known for its wood carving, which includes intricately designed wooden panels and structures, reflecting Tibetan motifs and themes.
  • Tibetan Architecture: Norbulinka's buildings and structures are constructed in traditional Tibetan architectural style, showcasing the beauty of Tibetan design and craftsmanship.
  • Dolls and Clothing: The institute's doll-making studio creates handmade Tibetan dolls dressed in traditional clothing. You can also find traditional Tibetan clothing and accessories in the institute's store.
  • Gardens: The beautifully landscaped Norbulinka gardens are not only aesthetically pleasing but also offer a serene place for visitors to relax and explore. You can see various species of plants, including medicinal herbs and native trees.
  • Temple: The institute features a temple known as the Deden Tsuglagkhang, where you can attend prayer sessions and experience the spiritual aspect of Tibetan culture.
  • Museum: Norbulinka has a museum that exhibits Tibetan art, artifacts, and historical items, providing a deeper understanding of Tibetan culture.
  • Craft Store: There is a craft store on the premises where visitors can purchase handcrafted Tibetan products, including thangkas, wood carvings, clothing, and more.
  • Learning Opportunities: The institute offers courses and workshops in Tibetan art and craft for those interested in learning and preserving these traditional skills.