Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre, West Bengal

Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre

A rehabilitation centre for the Tibet refugees, Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre was established in the year 1959 to help those people, who escaped from Tibet and followed Dalai Lama to India during the Chinese invasion.

Located on the hill Lebong, this place is situated at an altitude of 7031 ft above the sea level. This place is locally known as Hermitage and was started by Mr. Gyalo Thondup. The 13th Dalai Lama had spent some time of his life here from the year 1910-1912; therefore this place holds special significance amongst the Tibetans.

Production of Tibetan handicrafts is regarded as the main activity here. The woolen items, carpets and woodwork, which are produced in this centre, are famous all over the world. This place has become a home for the Tibet residents in exile and houses more than 130 Tibetan families. The main motive of this center is to take care of elders, needy and sick people.

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