Majnu-ka-tilla is officially called New Aruna Nagar Colony, Chungtown, and Samyeling. It is part of North Delhi district and is located at the bank of the Yamuna River near ISBT Kashmir Gate.
The historic name of the area, literally means the hillock of Majnu, after the tilla or mound were during the reign of Sikander Lodhi (r. 1489–1517) on Delhi Sultanate, a local Iranian Sufi mystic Abdulla, nicknamed Majnu (lost in love), met Sikh Guru, (Guru Nanak DevJi) on 20 July 1505
Tibetan settlement: 1950’s to present(Majnu-ka-tilla)
Majnu Ka Tilla area has three main residential settlements with total 3000–3500 homes,Aruna Nagar, New Aruna Nagar and Old Chandrawal village, which was built up in the early 1900s
Just as Aruna Nagar was developing, the 1959 Tibetan uprising took place in March, most residents of Majnu-ka-tilla left Tibet in 1959-60, when the Dalai Lama too went into exile to Dharamshala. Soon, a small Tibetan refugee camp up acrosroad, on the Yamuna riverbed. Tibet refugees and is also known as Samyeling, through colloquially as “Little-Tibet” or “Mini-Tibet’.
The economy of Majnu-ka-tilla centres around hotels, guest-houses and restaurants. Another important aspect of the economy is home rentals as a large population is cramped in closely built houses, several floors high and approachable through narrow bylanes. In addition, there is a market of retail stalls, including bookshops, curio shops, metalsmiths, and a beauty parlour; internet cafes, and travel agencies.The neighbourhood is popular among foreign and domestic tourists as well as among Delhi University students.
Over the years, (Tibetan refugee settlement) has emerged as popular destination for foreign tourists and students from North Campus Delhi University. It houses a small monastery and Buddhist temple, besides the numerous restaurants specialising in Tibetn food, curio shops selling Tibetan handicrafts and stores selling the latest fashionwear and gadgets.
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