One of my favorite things that I did while In Dharamsala and Mcleod Ganj was visit the Norbulingka Institute. Norbulingka is about one hour from Mcleod Ganj using public transportation. It is as simple as hopping a bus at the Mcleod Ganj bus station and transferring in Dharamsala. The whole ride cost me 15 rupees ($.27) and was incredibly easy! In fact, the biggest interruption of the trip was a goat and sheep crossing:
Norbulingka Institute was established to help preserve Tibetan culture and traditional handicraft practices. Visitors can see and buy Thangka applique, woodcarving, metal working and embroidered clothing. I was able to pick up a pair of black loose fitting pants that will be perfect for our upcoming honeymoon to Morrocco!
One thing that surprised me was the amazing food at the Norbuligka cafe. Although it is expensive by Indian standards, the quality and taste of the food was on par with fine dining in the United States that costs much more. I had the special tofu and egg gyathuk (noodle soup with veggies), which was spectacular. I can’t wait to find a recipe so I can try to replicate it at home!
Norbulingka is incredibly beautiful and peaceful. I highly recommend you putting it on your “To Do in Dharamsala’ list!