Norbulingka Institute in Dharamshala

Get an insight on Tibetan traditions and heritage here.

Get an insight on Tibetan traditions and heritage here. | Photo credit: Wnorrix/wikimedia

Norbulingka Institute Overview

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Norbulingka Institute was founded near Dharamshala in 1988 for preserving Tibetan culture, literature and art. The institute is named after Norbulingka, the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas in Lhasa, Tibet.

The institute primarily works towards carrying on Tibetan traditions and heritage by providing training, education and employment to Tibetans in the region. Norbulingka produces high quality art objects, clothing and home furnishings.

The institute also has the two-storeyed 'Seat of Happiness Temple' (Deden Tsuglakhang) set amidst the Japanese inspired Norbulingka gardens. It is especially known for its 1,173 murals of Buddha, frescoes of all the Dalai Lamas and drawings from the life of the 14th Dalai Lama.

You can take a free guided tour of the institute on any day except on Sunday. Those interested in studying the Tibetan arts can also enroll into short-term workshops here. Norbulingka’s art studios include Tibetan statue making, Thangka painting, screen-printing, applique and tailoring, woodcarving, wood painting, papermaking, and wood and metal craft.

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Norbulingka Institute, PO Sidhpur, (Nr Dharamshala), Distt Kangra, HP 176057 | Phone: +91 98160 36410 | Email: info@norbulingka.org