Located in Lodhi Road, Delhi, the Tibet House museum can be found in the Institutional Area alongside famous tourist destinations such as the India Habitat Centre and the Lodhi Gardens. This area is largely exclusive being found in an elite neighborhood located in the center of the city where big, influential Indian companies and organizations can be found.
Tibetan migration to India has caused great concern for young people in keeping traditional and cultural Tibetan identity. To keep the culture alive, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has sought communities, governments and influential people to create places where they can keep the Tibetan identity alive. Efforts have also been made to provide Tibetan and Buddhist studies after the political upheaval in Tibet that exiled many people in different countries all over the world.
In response to the 14th Dalai Lama’s message, the Tibet House was created in Delhi among others in countries such as the United States, Mexico, Germany and Spain. The five-story building was created in Delhi, similar to those built in other countries.
Established by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1965, the building houses a private museum that features the rich and fascinating Tibetan culture. To preserve their culture from extinction in Tibet, Thangkas or painted scrolls made by Tibetan monks in the 15th century are housed in a library. Wooden sculptures, carpets, Tibetan ritual objects, old religious and prayer objects, musical instruments, old currency notes, collection of Buddha figurines, jewelry and many more can be seen in the museum. Some of the items in the museum were collected from Tibetan monasteries while others were created in many different Tibetan settlements in India.
The Tibet House also has a library with many books about Tibet, its history and cultural heritage. The library has a collection of nearly 5,000 volumes of manuscripts and books. There are informative lectures available as well as seminars and discussions that are held regularly. Organizers of the Tibet House also host a number of conferences, exhibitions, international Buddhist festivals, Tibetan festivals and film showings. They offer workshops in language, art, heritage, Buddhism, history of Tibet, issues and peace education and environment. Those who are interested in knowing more about Tibet, its people and culture should definitely find time to visit this place.
Visitors and tourists can buy medicine, incense, clothes, jewelry, curios and handicrafts made by Tibetan settlers who came to India during the great Tibetan Diaspora in the museum shop. It is open on weekdays only at 10AM-1PM and 2PM-5:30PM. Visitors may also see the wonders of Tibet’s rich culture for an affordable fee, without any fees for children.
The building also has a conference hall, a resource centre, a bookshop and a gallery. The bookshop sells limited edition and hard to find books published by the Tibet House. With an increasing number of people getting interested in Tibetan and Buddhist studies, the Tibet House has plans of expanding to continue its mission in preserving the past and contribute to the future of Tibet. The Tibet House in Delhi is then surely a gateway to Tibetan culture.