Bir Chauntra Tibetan Settlement (Nangchen)

A brief story of Bir Chauntra Tibetan Settlement, H.P.


Nangchen Tibetan Settlement is established in 1966 on a total areas of 93.56 acres of land.

Settlement Location

This settlement is located in North India of Himalayas ranges in the State of Himachal Pradesh which is about 60-70 Kms away from Dharamsala. Baijnath and the Jogindernagar is the nearest town to the settlement. The altitude of the place is about 1300 meters away from the sea level. The maximum and minimum temperature of the place is 6 to 31degree Celsius with average annual rainfall is 310 cm.

Settlement Population

Initial population 568
Present Population 771

Number of villages

The settlement consist of two villages.

Settler's Livelihood

The major source of income for the settlers were depend on carpet weaving and sweater selling during winter.

Facilities in the settlement

School 1) Days school up to class V
1) Nursery & Creche
1) Central School for Tibetan, Chauntra (Boarding School)
1) Tibetan Children Village, School (Boarding School)
Health Facilities 1) modern allopathic hospital
1) Tibetan Medical and Astro institute (Doctor from the Bir branch Mentsekhang visit the settlement twice in month)
Monastery 1) Aewam Choegarten Chog gyur meyling. Nyingma Gonpa
Old Peoples Home Dhonden Old Peoples' Home initially at Palrabling Settlement (Kullu) with kind support from the Help Tibet, London was shifted to Chauntra on October 2007 and started running from 1st November 2007 but Officially inaugurated on 8th April 2008. There are about 20 elders.

Administrative Setup

The settlement officer who is appointed by the Central Tibetan Administration, Dharamsala is the over all incharge of the settlement in all spheres ranging from maintaining law and order to development and poverty alleviation works. He acts as a link between CTA, state and central government agencies and any other concerns. Under him, each camp has an elected camp leader who is assisted by group leaders. All development works are implemented through the camp leaders. Settlement officer takes all major decisions in consultation with the camp leaders and is the most important link between the settlement office and the community.

Group Leaders:
Each of the 6 villages possess an elected group leaders whose job is to act as an intermediary with relevant authorities, pass on information, settle disputes and collect money. Group leaders are not elected for their policy-making idea, nor do they campaign on certain issue. These group leaders are chosen on the basis of their strength of personality and once ability to stand before the interest of their village. The duty of the leader is more or less like the representative, but on smaller and more personal scale.

Traveling Guide

Nearest Railway Station Aeju 4
Nearest Airport Gaggal 75
Bus and Taxi Services Yes  

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