Kunphenling, Ravangla

Settlement Profile

Kunphenling Tibetan settlement was established in 1978. The Ministry of Home and Rehabilitation of the Government of India provided the necessary assistance to rehabilitate 1000 Tibetan refugees in the developing area in south Sikkim. Initially 600 acres of Reserve Forest land was allowed for Tibetan Rehabilitation and later 300 acres of Reserve Forest Land was issued. In addition to that 28.5 acres of land was issued from Animal Husbandry Department, Govt. of Sikkim and Temi Tea Estate, Govt. of Sikkim. Kunphenling Tibetan Settlement area is 328.5 acres in total.

Location of the settlement

This settlement is situated at Ravangla 66 Km from Namchi Dzong, South Sikkim.

Settlement Population

Initial population
Present population

Altitude, Temperature and Rainfall

The altitude of the settlement is 2134 meters above sea level with an average temperature of 20.43° Centigrade.

Livelihood of the Settlers

Each family has one or more member presently serving in army or ex-army members within the family. The source of income is either from the salary of their army members or from the housewives engaged in winter seasonal business.

Settlement Setup

The settlement office is the principle post and only representative of the Department of Home, Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Dharamsala. The settlement officer is the charge with overall control of running affairs and the welfare of the settlement people. This settlement diversified into seven village with average of 45 family in each village.

Facilities available

School: Sambhota Day School upto 5th standard
Health: 1 Tibetan primary health care clinic
1 Men-tsee-khang
Monastery: 1 Thupten Dhargyeling Monastery.
1 Lelung Monastery
Co-operative Society: The settlement has a Multipurpose Co-operative Society Registered under the Indian Co-operative Societies Act 1970. The Co-operative Society provide necessary services under the folowing different section to meet the need of the settlers such as: Fair Price shop, Carpet Center, Workshop, Restaurant and Guest house
Nearest Railway station New Jalpaiguri Station 120.02 Km from Settlement
Nearest Air port Bagdogra 127 Km from settlement
Bus and taxi services Yes