Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre

Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre information

Location
Darjeeling , India
Address
Lebong Cart Rd
Opening hours
9am-4.30pm Mon-Sat
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Established in 1959, this refugee centre comprises a home for the aged, a school, an orphanage, a clinic, a gompa and craft workshops that produce carpets, woodcarvings, leather work and woollen items. There’s also an interesting, politically charged photographic exhibition portraying the early years of the Tibetan refugees in Darjeeling.

Visitors are welcome to wander through the workshops. The handicrafts are for sale in the showroom , where proceeds go straight back into the Tibetan community.

The quickest way to reach the centre is to walk steeply downhill from the north side of Bhanu Bhakta Sarani; take the alley down beside the Hotel Dolphin. To return to Chowrasta Sq take a side path 10 minutes to the Bhutia Busty Gompa and climb back uphill from there. A chartered taxi via North Point costs around ₹400/600 one way/return.