Tourists can find some of the finest carpets, leather products and woolen garments made by skilled Tibetan craftsmen. Such is the reputation of its products, the centre now exports its merchandise to over 36 countries! You can pick up a wide range of clothes, wooden artefacts and more for reasonable prices here. Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre is home to 650 refugees, all engaged in handicrafts and weaving. It also houses an old age home, a school, an orphanage, a clinic and a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, and also hosts craft workshops regularly. Not only that, it has a vibrant photographic exhibition that displays Tibetan history.

The centre was created in 1959 to rehabilitate displaced Tibetans, who followed His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This was a direct result of the refugees� need to become entirely self-reliant, as they adjusted with grace and adroitness in a foreign country.

The centre can be approached via the Lebong Cart Road, and is located on a top of a hill, overlooking a green valley. In the beginning, the community primarily raised funds through donations, charities and even the occasional football match. Subsequently, a committee was set up for the development and maintenance of the centre, Tenzin Norgay being one of the first members of the group.

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