Darjeeling, West Bengal


In the year 1959 Mr. Gyalo Thondup with fund raised through local charity shows, football matches etc. has started this center and registered it as charitable organization under the act of Government of India. At the beginning there were just four workers. Today the center is home for 130 Tibetan family. Over the year the center has undertaken multifarious activities ranging from the production of handicrafts, training of artisans, and craftsmen to the care of the sick, elders and needy destitute.


Tibetan Refugees Self Help Center is located at hillside Lebong in Darjeeling District of West Bengal at an average altitude of approximately 2143m (7000ft) above sea level. The temperature ranges between 17° Celsius-1.5° Celsius, with an average rainfall of 320 cm annually.


The main source of livelihood is base on weaving traditional Tibetan carpet and many other hand made articles.


School 1. One créche
2. One nusery school
3. One pre-primary school up to +2 standard
Health facilities One small dispensary providing free medical treatment

Administrative setup:

The center has board members for the administration. All the important decision were taken through board members.

Traveling guide:

Nearest railway station: New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Near Siliguri
Bus Station: Siliguri bus Station
Airport: Bagdogra International Air port

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