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Delhi’s other Tibets

The Tibetan experience beyond Majnu ka Teela. There are other places in the Capital where you can have a feel of Tibetiana. Here is our guide.

entertainment Updated: Jul 19, 2010 00:51 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi

Don’t think that Delhi’s Tibet is confined to Majnu ka Teela, the refugee camp for Tibetans since the ‘60s. There are other places in the Capital where you can have a feel of Tibetiana. Here is our guide.

Buddha Park, West Delhi
Built to commemorate 2,500 years of the attainment of nirvana by Lord Buddha, this park was dedicated to the 14th Dalai Lama in 1993. You will find lovers engrossed in their own world. The large statue of the Buddha here may actually make you long for a visit to the real Tibet, but since it’s too far, go to the Indraprastha Millennium Park, next to Sarai Kale Khan ISBT. The 30m-high Vishwa Shanti Stupa here was unveiled by the Dalai Lama in 2007.
Where: Near Dhaula Kuan

Tibetan Market, Janpath
This 40-year-old market is for those who want to deck up their drawing room with the mystic mood of Lhasa’s Potala Palace. It has all the Tibetan trinkets you can dream of — from necklaces and prayer bells to masks and little Buddhas.

Tibet House, Lodhi Road
Tucked away in a leafy zone, this five-storey complex has a museum of Tibetan art and artefacts, and a library (no membership required) with over 5,000 manuscripts and books. A must-visit for any serious Tibetologist.
Where: 1, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road Time 10 am to 5.30 pm (1-2 pm lunch). Closed on weekends.