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Location: 4-km from Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh
Exhibits: Wooden Carvings & Thangka Paintings
Main Attractions: Nunnery, Temple & a Museum

Just 4-kms from Dharamsala is Norbulinka. This place has heavy Japanese influence. The shady paths, wooden bridges, small streams tiny water falls make this place look like heaven.

The Norbulingka Institute of Tibetan Cul ture was founded by the Department of Religion and Culture to preserve and promote Tibetan art and culture in exile. It derives its name from the His Holiness the Dalai Lama's beautiful summer residence, the Norbulingka (Jewel Garden), set in parkland two kilometers from 'Lhasa' or Macleod Ganj.

Fearing for the future of Tibet's cultural heritage, the Seventh Dalai Lama, Kelsang Gyatso, established institutes of arts and science there in 1754.

Today, with occupied-Tibet undergoing the bleakest period in its history, the Norbulinka Institute in Dharamsala has taken the initiative to preserve the roots of Tibetan culture in exile. When completed, it will include a Centre for Higher Tibetan Learning.

The Norbulinka Institute and its gardens include a traditional temple and museum buildings housing thangka paintings, ornately carved woodwork, carpet weaving and other crafts. The visitor can see craft demonstrations and buy examples in the institute's boutique.

There is a nunnery close to the institute where women are taught the advanced levels of Buddhist philosophy. Norbulinka can also be approached from McLeod Ganj.

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