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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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Hillside 27, West Lebong Cart Road, Darjeeling 734101, India
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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
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
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
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
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
Reviewed 22 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
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Although a little out of town, just north of the zoo, this place is well worth a visit. You get a chance to see various crafts with work in progress. Afterwards you can visit the shop which we found by far the cheapest in Darjeeling...More

1  Thank Northern_Baggie
Reviewed 3 May 2017

It's a pleasure and learning to see that the senior ladies of tibetan refugee weaving the carpet or fabric. beautiful product are made our of that. You can get Jacket, coat, cap, bags and many other product for yourself or gifting others. Your purchase help...More

1  Thank debjani2017
Reviewed 17 April 2017

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...More

Thank stevewilhite
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