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Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center

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Address: Hillside 27, West Lebong Cart Road, Darjeeling 734101, India
Phone Number: +91 354 225 2552
10:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Following the dramatic escape of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, thousands of...

Following the dramatic escape of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, thousands of fellow Tibetan came to India and establised a Tibetan Carpet manufacturing workshop in 1959 to support their livelihood in India. All the carpets are made of organic materials and all the carpets are hand-made. You can design your own carpet too!

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Interesting photo gallery

Not what we expected but as others said it's very inspiring to visit. The photo galleries are a must. Full of interesting history on Tibet and the Dalai Lama. Craft shops are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 October 2016
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Gurgaon, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

A place for the people who love to discover the history.. here you can see the hand knitting art, silk art, and a gallery of handmade clothes and Souvenirs. love to see the way old people work for their bread with this kind of dignity!!!

Thank swati681
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Not what we expected but as others said it's very inspiring to visit. The photo galleries are a must. Full of interesting history on Tibet and the Dalai Lama. Craft shops are what you would expect and good to see people being trained using the old ways. The shop is a must visit as you can just spend a little... More 

Thank LondonScott
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Travel through the history of Tibetan, and purchase pure non dyed pure wool products and other.......................

Thank Amit R
Kota, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

The tibeatn Refugee center products are 100% made from original products(cotton,sheep wool ) and are hand woven and the making can be seen from the medieval ways only ,the people are too friendly there and live there livelihood by selling the hand made goods many goods are exported to foreign countries, while climbing on the mountain you can see the... More 

Thank Being I
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

if u r looking to buy carpets and other gift items this is the place, the price is very cheaper compared to other shops market

Thank Praveen K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016

A very important place to visit. A clear, and sad, history of a brave people conquered but not subdued. They have kept the flame of freedom alive for over 50 years. Sadly by often having to self immolate in their desperation. There are also excellent good value hand made crafts available to buy. Scarves, jackets carpets etc. These are well... More 

Thank Peter G
Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

You can walk here from the centre of town (1 hour) , you can get a map from the shops. Keep your eye's peeled as signposting along tracks is not great. Or take a taxi for a day to visit places in the area, and add this to your list. There are no guides here, so you have to find... More 

Thank wpfs
Canberra, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2015

We hired a taxi (700 rupees from Darjeeling Clubside) to visit the Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre. It was very odd, because although the shop was open and there were people about no one seemed to take any interest in visitors. The various workshops were not working (it was Boxing Day, but that's not a holiday Tibetan Buddhists observe, is it?)... More 

Thank Peter S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015

A short but rough drive past the zoo you arrive at the camp courtyard with a variety of doors leading off it, including rooms selling Tibetan handicrafts. The camp is closed on Sunday but I was able to climb the stairs and enter the monastery which is small but with the typical accoutrements, including a good vibe. On the same... More 

Thank Paul K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2015

We travelled up a very poorly made up road to reach this place - more like a track. The Centre was not too busy but some workers were at their benches and the little shop was extremely cheap. We bought some small hand painted writing cards for 30 rupees each. There were children playing and some women attending to washing... More 

Thank Philip R

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