Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama is expected to naugurate a monastery at Chandragiri in Gajapati district of the state where a large number of Tibetans have been staying.
Chandragiri, a Tibetan village inside the heart of Orissa. During the Chinese Aggression of Tibet in 1959, these Tibetan refugees crossed over to India along with the Dalai Lama and were allotted this spot.
This hillside settlement of Tibetans, which is also an ideal health resort, attracts both domestic and foreign tourists from far and wide for its pleasant ambience
Chandragiri is named as “Phuntsokling” by the refugees, which literally means “land of happiness and plenty”. It is also a sacred place of Buddhist pilgrims. Because Tibetan refugees are highly religious their religious traditions, rituals are very much reflected in their day-to-day lifestyle.
At least one member of each refugee family is dedicated to the monkhood. Besides, Tibetan religious monasteries have been established in every settlement including Chandragiri.
Apart from carpet weaving, Tibetan refugees are also experts in weaving textiles, producing clothes, wood carving, painting and metal work. In addition to these, Tibetan herbal medicine have also contributed significantly to the Indian society.
Tibetan cooperative society of Chandragiri now runs a handicraft centre, dairy centre, poultry centre, horticulture centre, health centre, mechanical workshop, an elderly persons home, crèche, schools and monastery.
Bus stop: Lobersing
Where to Stay: Guest House or Hotels at Taptapani
Festivals: Festivals Tibetan new year (February 10th)