Today kim and I decided to go the long way to breakfast and nearly got lost, after a walk that would rival mt baldy and asking three different people including two monks we found our favourite little cafe and ordered breakfast. We then headed back to the hotel and got ready to go to Norbulingka Norbulingka Institute We were lucky enough to be travelling with Jan who has a strong relationship with the organisation and so we had a lovely welcome and a personalised tour of all the facilities. When we arrived we were given a cuppa and a piece of cake in the most beautiful and peaceful setting, such a sharp contrast to the rest of India which is very noisy and busy. We then proceeded to have a tour of the place. The institute was created to preserve Tibetan art and culture and they hand make everything on the premises while providing employment to many refugees. They are a self sufficient organisation and the items they create are exquisite but very expensive for India. Having said that having seen first hand the level of detail that goes into the items they are worth every cent! After viewing the different workshops and the beautiful Buddhist temple we had a traditional Tibetan lunch which was absolutely delicious. We then went shopping where I bought a few things but didn't make a decision on whether to purchase a thangka which are around $900 we have been told by Jan we can order one and pay it off and she will arrange to get it to Australia but it is a big purchase and I am not sure I can justify it at this stage.
When we got back we visited a massage shop and booked appointments for a massage that night witht this funny little man called mahinder kapoor and went to dinner at a very cute little Tibetan place where the food was once again huge and delicious.
The massage was amazing I feel fantastic and very tired so the blog is short and sweet will let the photos tell the story.
On the way to the institute we passed the dalai lama in his car and he is going to bless my Mandala bracelet and little buddah s feel very blessed and happy :-)