Norbulingka Institute / Norbulingka Monastery, Dharamshala - Timings, History, Best Time to Visit

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Distance (From Dharamshala): 7.5 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1-2 Hours

Place Location: On The Way To Gyuto Karmapa Temple

Transportation Options: Cab

Travel Tips: This place is one the way to On the way to Gyuto Karmapa Temple / Chamunda Temple and can be visited together.

At a distance of 7.5 km from Dharamshala Bus Station and 12 km from McLeod Ganj Bus Stand, Norbulingka Institute is an educational and training institute situated at Dharamshala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

Norbulingka Institute was founded in 1988 for preserving Tibetan culture, literature and art. It was established by Dalai Lama and is named after Norbulingka, the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas in Lhasa, Tibet.

It has been built in traditional Tibetan style located amidst gardens and ponds. The main sections of the institute are the Academy of Tibetan Culture, Literary and Cultural Research Centre as well as the Centre of the Arts. The institute also has the Seat of Happiness Temple set amidst the Japanese inspired Norbulingka gardens. It is especially known for more than 1000 murals of Buddha, frescoes of all the Dalai Lamas and drawings from the life of the 14th Dalai Lama.

The institute primarily works towards preserving 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. Free guided tours of the institute are available to visitors every day except 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 metal craft.

The Academy of Tibetan Culture, established in 1997, offers a three-year course of higher education in traditional Tibetan studies, as well as English, Chinese, and world history. The institute also runs two guesthouses - Norling Guesthouse and Chonor House. The Losel Doll Museum has displays of traditional Tibetan scenes, using miniature Tibetan dolls in traditional costumes.