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The Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre in Darjeeling, is a rehabilitation Centre for the Tibetan refugees in the Darjeeling Himalayan hill region. It was established in 1 October 1959, after they followed Dalai Lama and escaped from Tibet. The production of Tibetan handicraft is the centre's main activity.

The place initially provided emergency relief to Tibetan refugees who had come through a hazardous trek over the Himalayas into India. The Hill-side had a special significance for Tibetans, because of the fact that Thirteenth Dalai Lama had spent his exile in India from 1910 to 1912 following the Chinese invasion of Tibet at that time.

The center was registered as charitable organization under the act of Government of India. Starting off with just four workers, today the center is the home for more than130 Tibetan family. The center has been a part of multifarious activities which ranges from handicrafts, training of artisans, and craftsmen.
The production of handicrafts continue to be the centre's main activity. Today the centre has been exporting to more than 36 countries all over the world. Besides traditional items such as Tibetan carpets, wood, metal and leather works, the centre have also experimented in finding new production lines incorporating traditional Tibetan motifs which would find a ready market both in India and abroad.