Tibetan Settlement of Bylakuppe, Kushalnagar, Karnataka

Tibetan Settlement of Bylakuppe, Kushalnagar

Tourists who are visiting Coorg and are interested in learning about all the various cultures which enrich this country should mark Bylakuppe on their map. Located at a distance of 6 km from its twin town of Kushalnagar, Bylakuppe is situated to the west of the district of Mysore, in the state of Karnataka.  This town is also home to the second largest settlement of over 7000 Tibetan people, including students and monks, called the Tibetan Monastery, outside the country of Tibet.

The establishment of this settlement was done in 1961 by Lugsum Samdupling after the Chinese govt. assumed control of Tibet. Tourists who visit this area will see a number of camps situated close by with monasteries, like the Tashilunpo and the Namdroling monasteries.  Tourists will also see the golden statues of Buddha, called Amitayus and Padmasambhava, which are 40 feet tall. Tourists can also check out the markets near these monasteries to pick up souvenirs and handicrafts for themselves.

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