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Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center

Hillside 27, West Lebong Cart Road, Darjeeling 734101, India
+91 354 225 2552
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Hillside 27, West Lebong Cart Road, Darjeeling 734101, India
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+91 354 225 2552
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"photo exhibition"
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"refugees"
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"handicrafts"
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"workshop"
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"weaving"
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"yarn"
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"survival"
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"fled"
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"tragedy"
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"art"
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"dalai"
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"purchase"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

God fearing old and hard working artisans produce variety of items including woolen garments.One can buy these reasonably priced things at the shop.

Thank Shinde51
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

You can take a taxi. But walking is more enjoyable as you will walk amidst the locals in serene surroundings. Youncan always return from TRSHC by shared jeep by paying ₹20. It's a must visit place for any pure traveller. Reach the mall ground. Locate...More

Thank iamArnabPal
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

I loved visiting this place. I loved and appreciated the photographic story presented that helped me learn about the migration and the surrounding story. I enjoyed the sights in each of the workshops. I thought the shop was lovely and was excited about the purchases...More

Thank AIW77
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

This place provides handicrafts and textiles and other such Tibetan artefacts. I felt that the products were the same rate or cheaper than what was found in the markets outside. Must visit if you want to pick souvenirs.

Thank ishraque k
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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

Tibetan refugees, instead of asking for aid, decided to start their own survival. They not only broaden our options and introduce us to new culture but also survive by themselves. Gentle, humble and religious people command respect rather than pity. Variety is vast.

Thank swamiji_drupad
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Reviewed 5 January 2018

1) This centre was started as a self-help centre for Tibetan refugees so that they can create and sell various Tibetan handicraft items, artefacts to sustain. 2) They sell various woollen items including beautiful Woollen Carpets, which are made as per order and delivered all...More

Thank Sanjeev M
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

This place was a vibrant and active and impressive self help center for Tibetan refugees years ago. It still functions, but on a much depleted level, as many of the artisans have died of old age. The center worked, in that the Tibetan children got...More

Thank SESNoVA
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Reviewed 26 November 2017

A lot of Tibetans fled after the annexation to Darjeeling, they were given land in 1959 which was turned into the Self Help Center. There are houses and workshops where people weave carpets and material which is sold in the shop. This is a self...More

Thank ACL3112
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Reviewed 23 November 2017

The range of responses in these reviews paint an accurate picture of this facility. If you visit with the mind that you are viewing a historic place which has grown past its original purpose you will be able to appreciate it. For decades it functioned...More

Thank Robert B
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

I posted a review in June 2015 as my carpet had not arrived in the UK. I am happy to confirm that my beautiful carpet arrived later that year. It was worth the wait!! The carpet is exceptional in quality and beauty and provides me...More

Thank Stuart W
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