Tibetan treasure house
India has a lot of wonderous sites packed in, but there is something extra exotic about the north-eastern mountain regions. Tibet House give us a glimpse of this world. The activities of this centre reach beyond the circle of Tibetologists and Buddhist Masters, it integrates laypersons as well as scholars of many disciplines, artists and social activists.
Founded in 1965 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibet House started as a cultural centre for Tibetan and Buddhist studies, and the museum and library house some fabulous and precious art and artifacts, and religious books brought from their homeland.
Located in the Institutional Area of Lodhi Road, the five-story facility houses nearly 5,000 volumes of manuscripts and books, a resource centre, a conference hall, a gallery and a bookshop. One of the major attractions is a collection of Tankhas, which are painted scrolls illustrating the life of Buddha, dating back to the 15th Century.
Tibet House offers incentives and resources for research and translation projects and publishes important texts and research results. It hosts lectures, organizes conferences, exhibitions, film shows, and festivals. These programmes focus on Indian and Tibetan Buddhist history, religion, philosophy, art, literature and culture, and bear witness to the vital and evolving heritage of the Tibetan people. There is also a shop selling Tibetan clothes, jewelry, and curios.