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Majnu-ka-tilla

A little Tibet within Delhi

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Tucked between the very busy Outer Ring Road (National Highway 1 bypass) and the River Yamuna is a small Tibetan enclave, the home of many Tibetan refugees.

It is a Tibetan microcosm with three Buddhist temples, numerous shops, hotels and restaurants serving a Tibetan clientele and an increasing number of foreign visitors. There are bookshops specialising in books from Buddhist teachings to big colourful coffee-table books on Tibet. Tailors run up traditional Tibetan clothing and make the colourful banners that decorate the temples. Gold and silversmiths crouch over flames and anvil fashioning jewellery while pavement stalls offer Tibetan relics, jewellery, singing bowls, temple artefacts and CDs of Tibetan music. While you’re here wander into a cafe and try the traditional butter tea and momos (steamed dumplings).

Coaches from here ply to McCleod Ganj, near Dharamsala, where the Dalai Lama has his official residence.

Metro: Vidhan Sabha on Line 2, then autorickshaw

Also nearby: Flagstaff Tower & The Ridge


At A Glance

Address:
Outer Ring Road, North Delhi
Delhi Delhi 1100054
Price:
free
Hours:
always open

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