Kunphenling Tibetan settlement was established in 1978. The Ministry of Home and Rehabilitation of the Government of India provided the necessary assistance to rehabilitate 1000 Tibetan refugees in the developing area in south Sikkim. Initially 600 acres of Reserve Forest land was allowed for Tibetan Rehabilitation and later 300 acres of Reserve Forest Land was issued. In addition to that 28.5 acres of land was issued from Animal Husbandry Department, Govt. of Sikkim and Temi Tea Estate, Govt. of Sikkim. Kunphenling Tibetan Settlement area is 328.5 acres in total.
Location of the settlement
This settlement is situated at Ravangla 66 Km from Namchi Dzong, South Sikkim.
Altitude, Temperature and Rainfall
The altitude of the settlement is 2134 meters above sea level with an average temperature of 20.43° Centigrade.
Livelihood of the Settlers
Each family has one or more member presently serving in army or ex-army members within the family. The source of income is either from the salary of their army members or from the housewives engaged in winter seasonal business.
The settlement office is the principle post and only representative of the Department of Home, Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Dharamsala. The settlement officer is the charge with overall control of running affairs and the welfare of the settlement people. This settlement diversified into seven village with average of 45 family in each village.
|School:||Sambhota Day School upto 5th standard|
|Health:||1 Tibetan primary health care clinic
|Monastery:||1 Thupten Dhargyeling Monastery.
1 Lelung Monastery
|Co-operative Society:||The settlement has a Multipurpose Co-operative Society Registered under the Indian Co-operative Societies Act 1970. The Co-operative Society provide necessary services under the folowing different section to meet the need of the settlers such as: Fair Price shop, Carpet Center, Workshop, Restaurant and Guest house|
|Nearest Railway station||New Jalpaiguri Station||120.02 Km from Settlement|
|Nearest Air port||Bagdogra||127 Km from settlement|
|Bus and taxi services||Yes|