Norbulingka Institute
Norbulingka Institute
4.5
Art GalleriesSpeciality MuseumsLessons & WorkshopsReligious SitesGardens
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Norbulingka Institute believes in the preservation and continuation of Tibetan art through self-sustaining means. Under the guidance of talented masters, we endow artists and craftspeople with ancestral knowledge, providing jobs to a community of over 300 Tibetans. We invite visitors to come and explore our beautiful campus and witness firsthand the splendor of Tibetan art.
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  • Sunil T
    Ahmedabad, India145 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cultural Oasis in Dharamshala
    Norbulingka Institute in Dharamshala offers a cool ambiance and amazing vibes, providing a unique opportunity to learn and understand Tibetan culture. The presence of a monastery adds a spiritual touch, while the classy shopping centre inside the institute allows for a cultural shopping experience. The cool cafe complements the overall atmosphere, making it a delightful place to spend 2-3 hours exploring the diverse facets of this cultural haven. I found this to be the best place to visit in Dharamshala.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 November 2023
  • GVK
    Bengaluru, India306 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bliss among woods
    Very quite and scintillating place. A must visit for everyone who visits Dharamshala. This monastery is having a large section to exhibit local art and craft. One can see local artisans in action. Lot of artifacts are on sale. There is a lodging facilty too inside the campus. This monastery is about 1 Km away from city centre. Try to visit in the early hours to experince the nature. There are plenty of eateries around if one intends to have food.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 February 2024
  • Rosie H
    Ipswich, United Kingdom130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth stopping to see
    Interesting perspective on Tibetan culture, arts and crafts. You can see some very skilled artisans at work and book whole or half day courses to have a go in person if you want to. The institute is supported by a shop where much of the handiwork is for sale at very reasonable prices, particularly when you have seen the amount of time and work that has gone into making many of the items.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 March 2024
  • gary
    49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice treat
    We were staying local and just wandered into the village and stumbled across this place. It doesn’t look much but once in.. wow! Beautiful manicured gardens, ponds etc. There are workshops where apprentices learn their trade, great to watch. The temple itself is gorgeous
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 March 2024
  • Andrew S
    Berkhamsted, United Kingdom216 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-visit destination
    The first place to visit on our list - and we weren’t disappointed. Beautiful grounds, and the handicrafts work on display were incredible - watching the master and the apprentices at work was breathtaking. The temple is another attraction, and there’s a nice cafe (good coffee for those to whom that’s important) - the gift shop is low key, but there are some lovely items to buy.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 March 2024
  • Kapil Sood
    Bengaluru, India414 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit in Dharamshala
    Glad that we had this on our schedule. Very serene environment, excellent Darshans of Buddha and a place to spend some time. It's very well maintained, clean and organised. Also happy to see that they do not put restrictions on cameras etc. They have 2 nice restaurants inside this place. The handicrafts, paintings and clothes that they sell here are very expensive. There is no specific dress code for visiting this place. This is in Dharamshala on the outskirts on the opposite side as McLeod Ganj. There is paid public parking available near the entrance.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 March 2024
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OnAir797513
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The 1 hour tour is very knowledgeable. The Tibetan guide speaks fluent English and Hindi. We learn a lot more about Tibetan art.
Written 29 May 2024
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Kapil Sood
Bengaluru, India414 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Glad that we had this on our schedule. Very serene environment, excellent Darshans of Buddha and a place to spend some time. It's very well maintained, clean and organised. Also happy to see that they do not put restrictions on cameras etc. They have 2 nice restaurants inside this place. The handicrafts, paintings and clothes that they sell here are very expensive.
There is no specific dress code for visiting this place.
This is in Dharamshala on the outskirts on the opposite side as McLeod Ganj. There is paid public parking available near the entrance.
Written 22 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Andrew S
Berkhamsted, UK216 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
The first place to visit on our list - and we weren’t disappointed. Beautiful grounds, and the handicrafts work on display were incredible - watching the master and the apprentices at work was breathtaking. The temple is another attraction, and there’s a nice cafe (good coffee for those to whom that’s important) - the gift shop is low key, but there are some lovely items to buy.
Written 15 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

gary
49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We were staying local and just wandered into the village and stumbled across this place. It doesn’t look much but once in.. wow! Beautiful manicured gardens, ponds etc. There are workshops where apprentices learn their trade, great to watch. The temple itself is gorgeous
Written 14 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rosie H
Ipswich, UK130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Interesting perspective on Tibetan culture, arts and crafts. You can see some very skilled artisans at work and book whole or half day courses to have a go in person if you want to. The institute is supported by a shop where much of the handiwork is for sale at very reasonable prices, particularly when you have seen the amount of time and work that has gone into making many of the items.
Written 11 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Travel54437205623
Chandigarh, India27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Amazing place to stay if you are an explorer,love nature and appreciate tibetian view of life.Simple interesting food ,slow paced life and happy people following the Buddhist way of life.
Written 1 March 2024
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GVK
Bengaluru, India306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Very quite and scintillating place. A must visit for everyone who visits Dharamshala. This monastery is having a large section to exhibit local art and craft. One can see local artisans in action. Lot of artifacts are on sale. There is a lodging facilty too inside the campus. This monastery is about 1 Km away from city centre. Try to visit in the early hours to experince the nature. There are plenty of eateries around if one intends to have food.
Written 5 February 2024
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Sunil T
Ahmedabad, India145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Norbulingka Institute in Dharamshala offers a cool ambiance and amazing vibes, providing a unique opportunity to learn and understand Tibetan culture. The presence of a monastery adds a spiritual touch, while the classy shopping centre inside the institute allows for a cultural shopping experience. The cool cafe complements the overall atmosphere, making it a delightful place to spend 2-3 hours exploring the diverse facets of this cultural haven. I found this to be the best place to visit in Dharamshala.
Written 26 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Vipin Guleria
Naddi, India1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Good institute,good location,well maintained, all over good 😊👍Good cleaning, Entry fee per person 50 RS
Written 20 July 2023
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Monika Kaushik
Pune, India16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
It's really a worth visiting place having many studies, research work as well as arts ,crafts learning and creating going on there.
Written 21 June 2023
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