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Location: Dharamsala to Norbulingka

Today we woke up at 8 am and ate breakfast at the monastery. We then packed up our taxis with all of our luggage and headed to Norbulingka. After an hour-long drive, we arrived at the Norbulingka Institute and had time to settle into our hotel rooms. Norbulingka is known as the “heart of Tibetan culture” and is a place where Tibetan artists can study and practice Tibetan art and culture. After we ate lunch, we went on a tour of the institute. We got to see a wood carving studio, a metal workshop, a temple and a doll museum. After the tour, about half the group went to a nearby monastery while the other half stayed at the hotel because they were exhausted. The monastery was very interesting for it is a replica of a monastery in Lhasa, Tibet. We got a little bit more free time before dinner, which was nice because it gave us time to relax and, for some, to catch up on sleep. After dinner, we got our phones, which many people were really excited about. Tomorrow is another travel day, and I know many of us are not excited about the long car drive to Amritsar.