Dhargyeling Tibetan Settlement

A brief story of Dhargyeling Tibetan Settlement, Tezu


Tezu Dargeyling Tibetan Settlement was established in 1964 to rehabilitated 1240 Tibetan refugees on the total area of 1500 acres of land.


This settlement falls under the sub-division of Tezu, which is also head-quarter of Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh in India, fairly close to the International border of Indo-Burmese. The main town Tezu is at a distance of 5Km from the settlement.

The altitude of the area is about 450ft. above sea level with an average temperature of 108° Fahrenheit in summer time. The average rainfall at the area is around 133 inches. The local inhabitants of the areas are mainly Mizo tribes.

Settlement population:

Population Tezu Tuting Total
Initial population 959 0 959
Present population: 1,543 1,400 2,943

Altitude, Temperature & Rainfall:

Altitude is about 450 meter above sea level with an average minimum temperature of 46°C in summer & minimum 19°C during winter. Average rainfall of the area is around 215 mm in a year.

Settlement Setup

This settlement consists of 5 villages or camps with average of 45 families in each camp.

Tibetans residing in TUTING areas are located in 17 different villages. Out of which 4 villages are located in Tuting itself while 13 are located in scattered places in and around Tuting village.

Settler's livelihood:

Most of the Tibetan families have small piece of agricultural land for their living. Due to lack of irrigation facilities, the rain fed crop agriculture is practised, which is not sufficient to sustain the families on farming alone. Besides agricultural, the settlers are engaged in trading, restaurants, shop keeping, and seasonal woollen business etc..

Facilities in the settlement:

School •  One Creche
•  pre-primary school (CTSA School)
•  secondary school

Boarding facility is also available for students.
Health facilities •  One modern allopathic medical clinic
•  One Tibetan traditional medical center
Monastery There are three Nyingma monasteries:

•  Jangchup Choling monastery.
•  Ugen Choling monastery.
•  Tashi Choling monastery.

(each monastery consists of 10-15 monks.)
Co-operative Society The settlement has a Multipurpose Co-operative Society Registered under the Indian Co-operative Societies Act of 1970. The Co-operative Society provide necessary services to the settlement people and runs following different section to meet the need of the settlement

•  Tractor and Workshop section
•  Flour Mill Section
•  Carpet Center
•  General store section

Administrative setup:

Settlement Officer:
Each settlement has a settlement officer who is the Representative of the Department of Home,Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Dharamsala. Settlement officer is the principle post of the settlement and he is in-charge with overall control of running of affairs in the settlement.

Settlement Officer acts as the liaison between the settlement and the Department of Home (CTA) and it is the main source of information on CTA's policy for the settlers. Daily task for the Representative ranges from adjudicating disputes to communicating with local Assembly,outside authorities, and generally watching over the running of all aspects of the settlement.

Local Assembly:
The structure and functioning or activities of every settlement are similarly to each others. There are 5 villages in this settlement and each of these villages possess an elected local Assembly and they represents the settlers. The local Assemblies 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 settlement. They hold session twice in year and can question the settlement officer during the session. The term of the Assemly is for five year.

Traveling guide:

Nearest Railways Station Tinsukia 120 Km from settlement
Nearest Airport Mohanbari Airport 185 Km from Tezu
Bus and Taxi Services   Available

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