A Visit to Norbulingka Institute, Dharamshala

Norbulingka Institute is a hidden haven established for the preservation of Tibetan Arts and Crafts. It is located in Sidhra, about 7 km away from Dharamsala on the Palampur Road. 

The calming premises has been constructed in the shape of the the thousand arms of Avalokitesvara, the Tibetan deity of compassion. According to the official Norbulingka webpage,

"The temple would be his head, while in the middle would be a water spring, representing his heart, emanating kindness to all living beings. In the beginning, most of the artists were employed for the actual construction of the institute, which was designed in traditional Tibetan architectural style."

The beautiful stone made buildings along with the hand-painted frescoes are a testimony to the awe-inspiring talent of the Tibetan artists. 

The institute currently has a separate building dedicated to each of its workshops of thangka painting, statue making, thangka applique, woodcarving, wood painting, tailoring, weaving and screen printing.

They also have an in-house cafe as well as a store where you can buy all the beautiful arts and crafts made here.

Norbulingka is an incredibly serene and beautiful place. In all, you must include it in your 'Top things to do in Dharamshala' list.

Few pictures from my visit:

Norbulingka Institute, Dharamshala

A woodpainting artist at work

Library of Buddhist holy texts

Doll Museum depicting Tibetan culture

Furry Little friend!

For more details on visitation or volunteering and to book accommodation, please visit the official Norbulingka website.

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