Dekyiling Tibetan Settlement, Sahastradhara

A brief story on Dekyiling Tibetan Settlement, Dehradun

Arrival of the 2nd batch of Tibetan Refugees from Bhutan in 1982


Dekyiling Tibetan settlement is situated at Sahastradhara road in Dehra Dun District of Uttarakhand state. It was started mainly for the rehabilitation of the 2nd batch of Tibetan refugees from Bhutan and unsettled Tibetans in the district of Dehra Dun. This settlement was established in 1981 with initial population of 720 settlers on a total land allotment of 30.66 acres. The land allocation is meant for housing only. For the employment of settlers, a handicraft was started where they manufacture Tibetan carpets, colourful Tibetan women's apron, shoulder bags and Tibetan jacket (Yata) materials.

Areas under the jurisdiction of Dekyiling T.S.O. are (4 Major Settlements & 5 Scattared Communities)

  1. Dekyiling
  2. Dhondupling & Chanderbhani
  3. Lingtsang, Munduwala
  4. Tsering Dhonden
    1. Rajpur
    2. Mussoorie
    3. Nainital
    4. Haridwar
    5. Saharanpur

Settlement Location

Dekyling Tibetan settlement is located at 12km away from the Dehradun city of Uttarakhand state. The settlement is at a height of 2730.10ft above mean sea level. The average temperature of the place is 22.05 to 33 Celsius during Summer and 21 to 8.05 Celsius during Winter with average annual rainfall of 15-20 cm per year. SAHASTRADHARA, a famous pilgrimage place for Indians is about 6 km away from it.

Travel from Dehradun to places like Delhi, Nepal, Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Dharamsala, Bodh Gaya, Varanasi etc. are fairly at reasonable reach.

Settlement Population

Initial population 720
Present Population 1987

Settler's livelihood

The main source of livelihood of the settler's are their handicraft centers where they manufacture Tibetan carpets, colourful Tibetan women's apron, shoulder bag and Tibetan jacket materials. Beside that they engage in small seasonal petty business.

Facilities in the settlement

School One main primary school upto 10th standard
Health facilities One modern allopathic hospital
One Tibetan Medical and Astro institute
Monastery 1. Lhodrak dhonnyi monasteries
2. Lhodrak Thikche monasteries
3. Sakya tsun monasteries
Co-operative Society The settlement has handicraft center with few public service section, shops, Telephone Booth. 

Administrative setup

The settlement officer who is appointed by the Central Tibetan Administration, Dharamsala is the over all incharge of the settlement in all spheres ranging from maintaining law and order to development and poverty alleviation works. He acts as a link between CTA, state and central government agencies and any other concerns. Under him, each camp has an elected camp leader who is assisted by group leaders. All development works are implemented through the camp leaders. Settlement officer takes all major decisions in consultation with the camp leaders and is the most important link between the settlement office and the community.

NGOs and Others

  1. Local Highcourt
  2. Tibean Freedom Movement Office
  3. Tibetan Youth Congress
  4. Tibetan Women's Association
  5. Local Democratic Association

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