Our Location

Our Location in the quiet fields of the spectacular Dhauladar range places us close to the significant teachers of all the four Tibetan Buddhist traditions, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa, Kamtrul Rimpochee,Tai Situ Rimpochee, and Dzongsar Kyentse Rimpochee to name a few. Whatever Buddhist tradition you consider yourself to belong to, you will be close to significant teachers. Living in this area gives you the unique opportunity to receive teachings and participate in a whole calendar of Buddhist events conducted by Eminent Lama’s.

A Tibetan Community and an Indian Village

Sidhpur for the most part is a rural Indian village made up of Indian farming families, chai shops and dabas (simple Indian restaurant). There is a growing Tibetan population based mainly around the Norbulingka Institute, which is a centre for Tibetan art and cultural preservation.

Sidhpur itself is ringed by Drolmaling Nunnery and Khamtrul Rinpoche’s Monastery. Gyuto Monastry, the residence of His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa is also only a short walk away. As a result you will often see monks and nuns around town as they make their way to different teachings and ceremonies at other monasteries and nunneries in the local area.

In terms of shopping there are a few small grocery shops that will cover all your basic needs. Small restaurants are beginning to take off serving both Indian and Tibetan food. There are also a growing number of internet stations for the technology dependant where you can cheaply access email and download.

If you are craving a bit more action and more western food McLeod Ganj, the home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is a short bus or taxi ride away. Here almost anything is available in terms of food and social activity.

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Thosamling Nunnery, Institute and Retreat Center.