The wonder of education at Druk Padma Karpo School

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Since opening in 2001 this has become a multi-award winning school of over 800 pupils founded by Drukpa Thuksey Rinpoche and designed in association with Arup with a vision to supply the contemporary education needs of children in an environment of constant change, whilst determined to preserve the cultural heritage of Ladakh.

This school is a not-for-profit institution and receives no direct public funding.

Education at DPKS

Providing quality education in an exceptional learning environment for girls and boys aged 4 to 16 years.

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Funding Needs

Expansion of school facilities, seismic upgrade of buildings and landscape & gardens -  please help us to do much more

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Award-winning school

A solar powered and passively heated building project at the cutting edge of design in the 21st century. A structure that celebrates and enhances local values, while at the same time making the most of cutting-edge technology and construction methods from the West.

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DPKS has a visitor centre for those interested in ground breaking education, sustainable and ecological design, the Dragon Garden project, and ‘Rancho's school’ (3 idiots film). 3 idiots IMG 20210413 WA0006
Visitor Centre details:
DPKS Visitor Centre and Rancho’s Café 
(next to the Shey stupa field)
Shey-Leh, 194101, Union Territory of Ladakh, India

Peak season, May to September opening hours 8.00am-6.00pm
Closed over winter, November to end-March.
April & October, opening times vary so ring school before arrival..
Phone: +91 1982 267 255 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.