Lha depends on the goodwill of volunteers and monetary and material donations for it to provide essential rehabilitation resources to the exiled Tibetan community. Lha is a non-profit organization dependent on monetary contributions from philanthropic corporations and generous individuals. In India, even a little goes a long way, and a lot goes very far!

Account Name: Lha Charitable Trust
Account Number: 2517000101008335
Bank Name: The Punjab National Bank
Branch: Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, H.P

Payable to: Lha Charitable Trust
Lha Office Temple Road, Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, 176219
Distt Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

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About Dharamsala

In March 1959, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and approximately 100,000 Tibetan refugees, fled from Tibet to India. The then Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru granted the Tibetans asylum and later offered Upper Dharamsala as a base for the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), which functions as the Tibetan Government in exile.

Upper Dharamsala, or to use its British name, McLeod Ganj, is perched on the side of a mountain in the Kangra valley, which is a part of the Himachal Pradesh region of the lower Himalayas. It is ideal for the Tibetan community, who are not used to the intense heat and humidity of the Indian plains. After the Dalai Lama took up residence in McLeod Ganj, numerous Tibetans made the long journey from the more southern Tibetan communities to enjoy McLeod Ganj's temperate climate.

McLeod Ganj is a mainly Tibetan locality, immersed in the preservation of its own unique culture, language and lifestyle. The town provides the Tibetan refugee community with educational facilities (from nurseries to adult education centers such as Lha), places of worship, primary health care clinics, hospitals, and access to traditional Tibetan medicinal practices. Several important monasteries in McLeod Ganj house the thousands of monks who have made the treacherous journey, sometimes on foot, across the Himalayas, to be close to their spiritual leader.

McLeod Ganj is now a thriving tourist hill station that receives hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, who come to marvel at the beautiful mountains, streams and waterfalls, and unique Indian town immersed in the culture of Tibet. The town is especially busy when the Dalai Lama gives his famous Open Teachings. The Tibetan community accommodates tourists with an open, gentle manner, friendly smiles, traditional Tibetan cooking (don't miss the momos), and beautiful Tibetan arts and crafts for sale.

Lha is located right in the middle of McLeod Ganj's main bazaar on Temple Road opposite the State Bank of India. Lha utilizes the upper floor of a building owned by the Tibetan Handicraft Co-op (whose shop is at street level in the same building). Lha's rent is paid directly to the Co-op, which is a conglomerate of approximately 400 Tibetan families working together to preserve the diverse handicrafts that originated in Tibet. Hence, even the money paid in rent by Lha finds itself back to the Tibetan community.

Fast Facts on the climate of Dharamsala


Between 1,250 and 1,982 metres.


Maximum 38 degree Celsius in June; minimum 0 degree C. in January.

Annual Rainfall

Varies between 290 and 380cm. Monsoon season is July to September.

For information on how to get to Mcleod Ganj from Delhi, living costs and what to bring see Travel Guide: Guide for Volunteers.

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"Maybe a class organized by the students where they explain Tibetan history and culture, or philosophy or politics to the foreigners. Again this could be covered in conversation but the problem with conversation is everybody is talking about everything at the same time and it's a bit wild, I don't think the foreigners get as much from it than if it were organized that different people speak at different times. And maybe reciprocation from the foreigners point of view, such as their impressions of Tibet, their view on immolations and China's oppression etc. Also maybe culture differences etc".

Liam Berrington (Ireland) 29th October 2014

"I had such a great experience and wish I could come for longer. I was grateful to tutor 2 wonderful women in the mornings during my time there. They were so committed to learn and I could actually see progress just in our week together. I also learned much about the Tibetan experience and it has given me renewed interest in future volunteering".

Deborah McKeown (Canada) 18th October 2014

Lha has the most stable classes of all the educational facilities in Dharamsala. It is only closed for four days during the Tibetan new year, otherwise, we can attend even in the winter time when for some it is school holidays. Without these great people – the staff members, sponsors, volunteers and other any supporters, how would we Lha students gain these opportunities? I am highly appreciative, and, once again, I thank you for all of your work and your devotion to your goals. -Dolker Choedon, 2008

The service provided by the Lha community is very helpful and the staff members working here are so nice and cordial.- Ngawang Dolma.

For me, the way the teachers teach and administrators administrate is going so well. My hearty wish is that the Lha staff members can carry on their good performance continuously for the betterment of society .- Nyitri.

Ahimsa house was great, the hot water, wifi and filtered water was great to have access to. The meal were excellent, I love all the vegetarian options. Breakfast was also excellent and the fruit was always fresh.- Joanna Johnson

The accommodations were great, it was fun to see “American” food incorporated into breakfast and dinner. Volunteering was a great experience, I feel like I learned as much from my partner as she did from me. The sightseeing excursions were very valuable and definitely enhance the experience. - Maggie Hermann

The rooms of Ahimsa were magnificent and well-prepared. Towels, extra sheets, and bathroom were all clean. The library was a great touch. The meals were great.- Joe Signorelli


Lha Charitable Trust has initiated a new project to promote and broadcast the extensive and valuable teachings and writings of Professor Samdhong Rinpoche. This initiative is a part of our project on Preservation and Promotion of Tibetan Culture and Language. These teachings and writings can be found on www.samdhongrinpoche.com

Contact is a recognised and registered publication under the Registrar Office of the Newspaper, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Government of India. The registration number is HPENG/2013/51798. Recognised by Lonely Planet and other international travel resources, Contact has been a popular source of news and information on Tibetan issues, and the Dharamsala community, for over 17 years. www.contactmagazine.net

Tibet Nature is a Tibetan language website which provides information on current environmental issues within Tibet to the Tibetan population across the globe. www.tibetnature.net

Lha’s blog is the place to go for recent news from Lha and its volunteers. At least once a month, a volunteer posts about his/her time with Lha and feedback for the organization. Reading these testimonials is a great way to gain insight into what volunteering with Lha is like if you’re unsure but interested in volunteering.  blog.lhasocialwork.org

Lha Tibet Fair Trade acts as a certified cooperative, offering a wide range of handmade Tibetan craftworks – from handloom textiles to jewelry, home décor and personal accessories to Tibetan art. In addition to being a retailer, LTFT is a licensed import, export, and wholesale company.www.tibetfairtrade.com