Norbulingka Institute founded in Dharamshala in 1988 for preserving Tibetan culture, literature, and art. The institute named after Norbulingka, the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas in Lhasa, Tibet. The institute mainly works spreading the Tibetan traditions and heritage by providing training, education, and employment to Tibetans in the region. Norbulingka produces the best quality art objects, clothing, and home furnishings. The institute also has the two-storeyed ‘building of Happiness Temple’ (Deden Tsuglakhang) set amidst the Japanese inspired Norbulingka gardens.
It is especially known for its 1,173 murals of Buddha, frescoes of all the Dalai Lamas, and drawings from the life of the 14th Dalai Lama. free guidance tour of the institute can be taken any day except on Sunday. people interested in studying the Tibetan arts can also enroll in short-term workshops here. Norbulingka’s art studios include Tibetan statue making, Thangka painting, screen-printing, applique and tailoring, woodcarving, wood painting, papermaking, and wood and metal craft.