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Chonor House: a little slice of Tibet

Sometimes, you can hear his holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings from the hotel…

By Tsultrim Dorjee
General Manager of Chonor House

Chonor House is run by the Norbulingka Institute, which was set up by Tibetans exiled to India. The aim of the institute is to preserve our culture and pass it onto the younger generation, be it wood painting, weaving or carving. When you stay at Chonor House, the money goes back into Norbulingka and protects our heritage. The hotel itself is a showcase of Norbulingka artists, with carved rosewood furniture, hand-knotted carpets and murals based on Tibetan themes such as animals and mythology. Guests love the ambience of the rooms, they’re a little slice of Tibet and unlike anything else in Dharamshala.

We built Chonor House to host dignitaries and diplomats who came to McLeod Ganj to see his holiness the Dalai Lama. We’re just a 10-minute walk from Thekchen Choling Temple Complex, his holiness’ residence – you can even hear his teachings directly from the hotel. Many dignitaries have stayed in our Sultan Suite, which is dedicated to the King of Tibet. Guests enjoy being so close to the spiritual heart of town and having views of the mountains and gardens outside their window. Lots of visitors come for home-cooked Tibetan food at our famous Hummingbird Restaurant, which serves our signature dumplings and Tibetan noodles.

At Chonor House, we want guests to experience typical warm Tibetan hospitality. Norbulingka aims to provide employment for younger generations, so 99 percent of our staff are Tibetans that we’ve trained up to deliver exceptional service. When you arrive, you’ll be given a Tibetan scarf for good luck and throughout your stay you can chat with the staff, drop by the kitchen or read in our library – we want you to feel at home here. All guests get the chance to visit the Norbulingka Institute for free, where you can join wood painting workshops and learn more about Tibetan culture.

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Alfred & Tsultrim Dorjee

Tsultrim Dorjee comes from Darjeeling and has enjoyed a long career in the hospitality industry. He joined the Norbulingka Institute in 2010, where he has worked in various sales and managerial roles since. Tsultrim is currently managing three Norbulingka hotels in McLeod Ganj, including Chonor House, and is passionate about preserving Tibetan heritage.
Tsultrim Dorjee, manager of Chonor House