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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

Reviewed 4 October 2016
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North Richland Hills, Texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am glad my friend took me here, as I found it interesting. There were various shops where in some, people were weaving, etc. There wasn't anything going on in some, like the leather or wood shops. I expected to find more of a verity of items for sale in the building where the things they make are sold. The... More 

Thank stevewilhite
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Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

When we first went here it was closed due to the Tibetan new year, but we decided to go back to Darjeeling after our tour in Sikkim and it was so worth it. The best thing was the photo exhibition which almost made me cry, and walking around in the different work shops. Just a shame that the yarn wasn't... More 

Thank Julia T
Chennai (Madras), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

This place is where most of the Tibet refugees stay and help themselves for their living.They have hand made factory all around the campus and they sell the products handmade.The products are pretty cheap and it gives a feel of peace.

Thank Shaan77
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Reviewed 23 December 2016

Well worth a visit, it was great to see the handicrafts being made and all the craftsmen and women were happy to chat and tell us more about what they were doing. The shop was full of lovely things at amazingly cheap prices - we saw the jewellery pots in other towns in India and Bhutan and they were at... More 

Thank Gordon_sandra
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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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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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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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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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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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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Reviewed 29 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

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