Norbulingka is dedicated to handing down tradition and restoring standards by providing training, education and employment for Tibetans. It supports an environment in which Tibetan community and family values can flourish. It reconciles the traditional creatively and respectfully with the modern, and seeks to create an international awareness of Tibetan values and their expression in art and literature. A visit is must to experience.
The library was founded by His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama on June 11, 1970 and is considered one of the most important libraries and institutions of Tibetan works in the world. The library contains sources which were relocated from Tibet during the 1959 escape, including important Tibetan Buddhist manuscripts and archives related the Tibets history, politics, culture and even art. It possesses more than 80,000 manuscripts, books and documents, over 600 thangkas and statues and other artefacts of Buddhist heritage, 6,000 photographs, and many other materials.
Naam Art Gallery
The permanent exhibition in ‘NAAM ART GALLERY’ shows paintings by Elsbeth Buschmann - watercolors and acrylics - and oil paintings by Alfred W. Hallett.
Temple Rd. This is the largest Tibetan temple outside Tibet, and it has a large meditation hall containing some beautiful statues and thangkas, as well as a Kalachakra temple with beautiful murals. It is the monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and is located just in front of his residence. On the basement level of the complex you will also find the Namgyal Cafe, which is run as a work-training center for Tibetan youth.
Small but interesting museum on the history of Tibet and its people. Tibetan Library, near the Tibetan Government in Exile, with a small but interesting museum.
Bhagsunag fall has many waterfalls, an ancient temple, numerous slate quarries and a fresh water spring. This place is at a distance of around 11 km from the Dharamshala, it is easily approachable by road from
Kunal Pathari is the temple for the local Goddess, at a distance of around 3 km from the Dharamshala. This temple is very famous in local public and people come to this temple every day. Everyone come here to visit the temple and to pray to the Goddess.
An easy walk down Bhagsu Rd through the village of the same name, then 1 km up to the waterfall itself. Despite a sign advising visitors not to venture further, the path to the waterfall is in reasonable shape, except for the final 50 m which are distinctly dodgy, especially in slippery weather.
If you are in for a brisk walk, climb the hill beyond Dharamkot to Triund. Provides a beautiful view of the first peaks of the Himalayas and a wide view over the plains. As the peak is 2,875 m, make sure to wear good shoes, carry water, some food if you and an extra vest or coat.
Meeting the Dalai Lama:
Meeting (or at least getting to see) the Dalai Lama is the dream of a lifetime for many people, an intensive spiritual experience for Buddhists and a memorable moment for people of other faiths. It's also very difficult to pull off, so don't plan on it. It requires a good deal of luck.