Situated at a distance of 4 km from Dharamsala, Norbulinka Institute has a mission to preserve and promote. It is a picture of old rural Tibet with all its shady paths, wooden bridges, small streams and tiny water falls, along with wooden carvings, Tibetan Thangka paintings, Tibetan handicrafts and arts. The setting of the institute makes it look paradisiacal. Department of Religion and Culture founded the Norbulinka Institute of Tibetan Culture.
The aim behind his was to keep the coming generation of Tibetan
refugees, living in exile, in touch with their culture. The name
'Norbulingka' means 'Jewel Garden' and it has been derived from the
Summer Residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, situated at Mcleodganj.
Today, with occupied-Tibet undergoing the bleakest period in its
history, the Norbulinka Institute in Dharamsala has taken the initiative
to preserve the roots of Tibetan culture in exile.
The institute comprises of a traditional temple as well as museum
buildings, housing thangka paintings, ornately carved woodwork, carpet
weaving and other crafts. The visitor can see craft demonstrations and
buy souvenirs in the institute's boutique. There is a nunnery close to
the institute where women are taught the advanced levels of Buddhist
philosophy. The blooming gardens of the institute further add to its