Phuntsokling Tibetan Settlements, Dalhousie

A brief story on Phuntsokling Tibetan Settlement, Dalhor

Central School for Tibetans, Dalhousie, District Chamba, Himachal Pradesh


The Tibetan refugees in Dalhousie were initially moved from various bordering areas of India and Tibet just after unfortunate and tragic escape of Tibet in year 1959. During its inception, there were lots of monks as well as lay men and women numbering around 2500 or even more. These people were sheltered in tents and later shifted in rented houses and they were engaged in job oriented training in various handicrafts particularly untraditional carpets weaving and thanka painting which had continued even to this day though the number of working strengths had reduced on various reason. The Phuntsokling Tibetan refugees handicraft Centre was registered as Charitable Society in 1973 with the governing bodies consisting of the elected members who makes major decisions in running the Centre and the manager of the Centre implements them in accordance with the resolution of the board.


Phuntsokling Tibetan refugees handicraft Centre is located at Dalhousie, district Chamba of Himachal Pradesh. The Centre is at middle of Bakrota, which is 7500 ft. from the sea level surrounded by thick forest where the winter temperature fall below minus 10° C with average snowfall of 5 ft. The nearest town with rail links and transporting agencies is Pathankot at a distance of 80 Km from the Dalhousie and 86 km from the Handicraft Centre.


Present population: 1438


Administrative setup

CTA Representative
Tibetan Welfare officer Cum Managing Director of the Handicraft Center is sole representative deputed by the Central Tibetan Administration, Dharamsala at the area. He is the overall incharge of the maintaining law and order to socio-economic development at the region in all aspects under policy and guidance of CTA. This office also acts as a liaison between CTA, settlers and other outside authority.

Local Assembly
The Tibetans at the area possess an elected Local Assembly members and these members represents the Tibetan settlers. The local Assembly members hold session with CTA Representative twice in year and during the session they can raise questions and discuss on important issue in the assembly. CTA Representative takes all major decisions in consultation with the local Assembly members.

Facilities in the settlement

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