Bylakuppe Buddhist Golden Temple OverviewRanked 6 of 146 sightseeing in Mysore
Tibetan refugees have sought dwellings in India after leaving their hometowns and have created a settlement which has the tranquillity and peace of any Buddhist village. One such settlement in India which is close to Mysore is Bylakuppe.
To ensure that they follow their religious traits and beliefs, they have their “Golden temple” which is one of the largest centres for teaching Tibetan Buddhism. The Golden Temple has become a favourite among travellers for its peaceful air. Tibetan festivals are celebrated with great gusto at the monastery and are a treat for tourists.
While approaching it, the monastery appears like a movie set over the horizon and one is transported into a different region, almost as though one has travelled to a distant land. There is a distinct difference in the architecture of this settlement from the surrounding towns. The quaint houses here have tiled roofs and there is a feeling of peace and tranquillity while strolling down the meandering roads. The way to the monasteries are filled with prayer flags which have been tethered to the lamp posts and all signboards are in their own script.
Bylakuppe was established in 1961 and it houses amongst its population several Vajrayana Buddhist monks. This small town has the basic amenities like banks, post office, telephone exchange and public transport system. The settlement can be easily approached by road.
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- Length of visit: 1-2hrs
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