Center for Living Buddhist Art

Village : Kandi, P.O. : Khaniyara,
Tehsil : Dharamsala, District : Kangra,
Himachal Pradesh - INDIA - 176216

Phone : Sarika Singh - +91 (0) 94186 55401

Email : sarikalochoe@hotmail.com

How to reach us

ORIENTATION
Dharamshala and McLeod Ganj are situated in the Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh, around 480 km north of New Delhi. Center For Living Buddhist Art is in Dharamshala, about 20 minutes by private car/taxi from McLeod Ganj.

GETTING HERE

  • BY AIR Direct flights operate between Delhi and Gaggal airport, Dharamshala. From Dharamshala airport is around 25 km/1hr by taxi (from Rs.600).
  • BY RAIL The closest railhead is Pathankot, around 80 km/3hrs from Dharamshala by taxi (from Rs. 2,000).
  • BY ROAD Dharamshala is a 480 km/12 hr drive from Delhi. Overnight buses depart from Delhi every day, usually at around 6 p.m. and arrive in Dharamshala at around 5 a.m. the next morning (AC Semi-Sleeper bus costs Rs. 1,300). Taxi is approximately INR 10,000.

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Miscellaneous Information

Climatic Conditions

Located in the foothills of the mighty Dhauladhar range of the outer Himalayas, the climate in Dharamshala stays pleasant throughout the year. The summer months from April till June see the maximum temperatures that rarely go beyond 30 degrees Celsius. Maximum precipitation is experienced during the monsoon months between July and September, making Dharamshala one of the wettest places in the state. The autumn months of October and November see the most pleasant climates that range between 16-17 degrees with occasional showers. The winter months from December till February see sudden drop in temperatures to being 7-5 degrees Celsius.

Best Time to Visit

Dharamshala can be visited during all times of the year except for monsoons which can experience rainfall upto 120 inches. The best time to visit is usually the autumn months of October and November which also mark the beginning of the festive season in India. Snow is common in the upper reaches of the town which also attracts several tourists during the winters.

Attractions/Things to Do here

The town is divided into 2 areas, each separated by a short distance of 10 kilometers. The upper Dharamshala is known more commonly as McLeod Ganj and is the home of the Tibetan community in exile. It is the center of all the tourist activities and most information related to Dharamshala mostly refers to McLeod Ganj. The lower Dharamshala contains all the commercial centers, educational institutions and hospitals. One can also find a few tea gardens and the bus station in lower Dharamshala.

Bhagasu, Dharamkot, Tsuglagkhang Complex, Tibet Museum, Bhagsunag falls, Dal Lake, Indrahar pass, Triund and meeting the Dalai Lama are few of the attractions.

F.A.Q's (Frenquenty Asked Questions)

What should I bring?

  • Appropriate clothes depending on the season. Should have some comfortable clothes that you can sit cross-leg in. Bring warm cloths and a raincoat for any season because the weather can change anytime.
  • Flip-flops/sandals, hiking books (if you plan on trekking)
  • Any medication you need
  • Laptop or any kind of computer for study and research
  • Adapters for electric plugs if foreigner
  • Water bottle
  • Torch
  • Book
  • Bathroom supplies

Bring any bathroom supplies, books, notebooks, pens, pencils, general art supplies, and basic needs items you need, otherwise a lot of these can be bought in town.

What is the weather like?

Dharamshala has distinct seasons. September to December is a beautiful fall season with mild weather getting colder as winter approaches. January and February are quite cold. March - June is a nice spring season with very comfortable weather. July and August are the monsoon season.

Is there internet service?

Our village is remote. The only service we can get is though individual devices we supply that can be recharged by the student for varying amounts of data and prices as required.

What are rooms like?

Students will get their own room furnished with a bed, desk, and bathroom. Each bathroom has a water heater and shower.

What is the daily/weekly schedule?

  • 8:30-9:30 AM Breakfast.
  • 9:30-1 AM First Working Session
  • 1-2 PM Lunch
  • 2-5 PM Second Working Session
  • 5-7:30 PM Free Time or Optional Working Session
  • 7:30-8:15 PM Dinner
  • 8:30 PM Work Review and Short Film

This is the schedule Monday-Friday. Saturday is an optional workday although students are advised to visit nearby Buddhist sites. It is recommended to take off Sundays, but the studio is open for those who wish to use it.

Do I need to bring art materials?

It is not necessary to bring anything. If you have pencils, erasers, drawing supplies you like using bring them. If you are planning on doing a painting we supply the colors and have brushes, but if you have good brushes bring them. Small watercolor and inking brushes are best. Round brushes from 00 to 6. Natural hair brushes are the best for working with mineral pigments. You can also buy good brushes at a good price in town. The most important brush is your inking brush. If possible buy a Winsor Newton Series 7 size 0 and 1 before you come. They are a little expensive, but are very good for inking.

Do I need drawing/painting experience?

No. No experience is required. Anyone can come. Artist or not. The way the training works, anyone with interest, dedication, and a good work ethic can learn.

What costs are there outside tuition?

Internet recharges, taxi rides, bathroom/personal supplies you buy from town, outside food. Mostly you will spend money only when you go out.

How long should I stay?

People stay anywhere between 1 day to 2 years. At least 4 months are required for a painting. Anything less and you will only be able to cover sketching. If you plan on staying for a long time, plan about 4 months for each painting.

How many students are there?

There can be up to 6 students, but on average there are about 3 or 4 students.

What is the food like?

We serve simple vegetarian Indian food, rice, dhal, chapatti, and vegetables. Students are welcome to help cook or cook their own style of food on Saturdays.

What is the school environment like?

Our village in 15 minutes by car outside the main town. Settled on the beginning of the Himalayas our school is a quiet place with scenic views. Thangka training needs heavy concentration and effort that can only come from a peaceful environment. Although the training is tough, the lifestyle is relaxed. You work at your own pace, the quality of your learning is dependent on you.