Tashi Palkhiel Tibetan Settlement was established in 1962 with the generous and kind support of Swiss Red Cross, Government of Nepal, the Swiss Government, Services for Technical Co-operation Switzerland and other voluntary associations with the objective to secure food and shelter for the Tibetan refugees, to provide health care facilities, education and to preserve Tibetan culture and religion.
The settlement is situated at Hemja, around 5km northwest of Pokhara which serves as the headquarter for Kaski District, Gandaki Pradesh. The region has a humid subtropical climate with temperatures in summer ranging between 25 and 35 degree Celsius and in winter between -2 and 15 degree Celsius.
No of Villages in the settlement:
The settlement of consist of only village with 182 families.
Tashi Palkhiel Tibetan Settlement is home to around 620 people with 312 male and 308 female residents. Majority of the population are involved in small handicrafts or souvenirs business within or outside the settlement. Some people run grocery shops and restaurants while some are engaged in services.
Facilities in the settlement
|School||Mount Kailash School upto class VII
One Nursery & Creche
|Health facilities||One modern allopathic dispensary
Branch of Mentseekhang
Dhondupling Ngakpa Monastery.
|Age care||1 OPH managed by Jangchup Choeling monastery|
Each settlement has a settlement officer who is the Representative of the Department of Home appointed by Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), Dharamsala. Settlement officer is the principle post of the settlement. He is charged with overall control of running of affairs in the settlement. Under the Representative there are chief executive officer Co-operative society, appointed by CTA, Manager of the workshop and other small handicraft and also village leaders.
Representative acts as the liaison between the settlement and the Department of Home (CTA) and is the main source of information for the people in the settlement. The roles of Chief Diplomat, Chief Justice and Head of the settlement are all combined in one post. Daily task for the representative range from adjudicating disputes to communicating with group leaders and outside authorities, and generally watching over the running of all aspects of the settlement.
The functioning or activities of every settlement are more or less similarly to each other. The settlement peoples elected their 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.
|Nearest railways station||Gorakhpur||250 kms|
|Nearest Airport||Kathmandu (Int.) & Pokhara (Dom.)||200 kms and 10 Kms|
|Bus and taxi services||Available|
Tashi Palkhiel Tibetan Refugee settlement
P.O. Box. No. 7,
Hyangja, Pokhara, Nepal