Bylakuppe is a town that is 80 km to the west of Mysore in the state of Karnataka. It is renowned for its Tibetan settlement which is the second largest in the world outside of Tibet. Bylakuppe ...Read More.
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Bylakuppe is a town that is 80 km to the west of Mysore in the state of Karnataka. It is renowned for its Tibetan settlement which is the second largest in the world outside of Tibet. Bylakuppe has a number of agricultural settlements, a number of monasteries and temples that follow all the major Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Near Bylakuppe, a town called Kushalnagar is present on the state highway which is connected to almost all major cities.
The ideal time to perk up your knowledge about Buddhism is between the months June-November. To visit Bylakuppe, you can travel to Mysore Airport if you are taking a flight, catch a train to the closest railway station i.e. Krishnarajanagar Railway Station or Mysore Railway Station and then travel by bus or cab to Kushalnagar and then Bylakuppe. Auto rickshaws are the only means of local transport for commuting between the camps. Lugsung Samdupling, oldest of all Tibetan settlements in India came into existence in 1961 in Bylakuppe and in 1969, Dickyi Larsoe- another settlement started off. The biggest and the grand Monastery that is every tourist's place of interest is the Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery. Present inside this Monastery is the Namdroling Golden Temple that has excellent architecture with ornate designs. Inside the temple, you will find yourself in front of three 40 ft. high golden statues of Buddha Sakyamuni, Amitayus, and Guru Padmasambhava. You can sit in solitude and witness the beautiful wall murals and other Tibetan cultural aspects like prayer wheels, prayer flags, drums, etc. You may also see prayer rituals that are performed by monks inside this temple taking place at 1 p.m. every day. Please do turn the prayer wheels in the clockwise direction as Buddhists believe that turning in a clockwise direction is equivalent to actually saying the prayer. Outside of the Monastery, there are several shopping centres near the temples provide tourists the opportunity to purchase traditional Tibetan items like costumes, statues, carpets, and jewellery. The other fascinating monasteries you can visit in Bylakuppe are Sera Mey and Sera Jay monasteries which are close to the vicinity of the Namdroling Monastery. A delicious way to experience the Tibetan culture, you can go to the Tibetan tuck shops nearby and have the famous Tibetan flat noodle soup called the Thukpa with Dim-sums. If you desire a peaceful holiday with some serenity and culturally rich surroundings, Bylakuppe is the destination.