The best place to learn about Tibetan culture and art is this Norbulingka institute. It is situated at a distance of 8 kms from Dharamshala and the very first spot which you will encounter in your journey. The whole architecture gives you the complete image of Tibet once you step inside of the complex. The complex tries to preserve the roots of Tibetan culture from ancient times in India. Norbulingka's art studios include Tibetan statue making, thangka painting, screen-printing, applique and tailoring, woodcarving, wood painting, papermaking, and wood and metal craft. The institute also provides an option to stay in Tibetan style but it is not very cheap.At the entrance, you will be asked to pay a small fee of Rs. 50 for locals. From there, you will be able to observe Tibetan artisans, wooden bridge, stone carved paths, tiny waterfalls and the main complex of the temple Deden Tsuklagkhang.
Just another day spent by seeing the fluttering flags.The prayer flags are generally seen in the set of five colors white, yellow, red, green and blue representing the five basic elements of earth, water, fire, sky and wind.It is said that they emit positive spiritual vibrations and the prayers are carried by the wind like silent prayers.That's the reason they are put high above the roof so that they flutter in the wind....#awesomehimachal #dharamshala
If you love art & Architecture, then must visit this place, they have a free guided tour of artiste making various form Tibetian art, which is so colorful & facinating. It's on the way to Mcleothganj from Airport, so you can save money by stoping by for an hour or so, rather than coming back for it all the way for 45 min or see it while leaving.
Norbulingka Institute was founded in 1995 for preservation of Tibetan culture. In addition to having amazing restaurants which serve mouth watering food, the institute is a heaven for photographers and people who want to have a little peaceful time. The Seat of Happiness Temple and everything around is so aesthetically beautiful that I spent considerable amount of time capturing images and videos.
Our first monastery was the Norbulingka Institute. It has an open air garden restaurant, shady trees and prayer flags all around. The gardens are japanese style with water streams. One can experience the pure form of Tibetan culture.There is a doll museum also. The place has beautiful architecture, paintings on walls, stone structures too. One should never miss rotating the churning prayer wheels.