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Where Gods come to spend their sabbatical ..

Mundgod, tucked far away amongst low hills and farms .. The mammoth sized monasteries and the maroon robed monks complete this quaint little Tibetan settlement .. One must know about this place, for it is hard to simply stumble upon it.

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Mundgod is a town in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka. Known as the “Mini Tibet”, this is one of the proposed settlements for the Tibetan refugees that the Tibetan administration set up with the help of the Indian Government in the 1960s. Filled with colourful monasteries, stupas, red-robed monks and serene chanting of prayers; today, this Tibetan settlement is called the Doeguling Settlement and comprises of almost 20,000 refugees.

After the Chinese took over Tibet in the early 1950's, the Dalai Lama was forced to leave Lhasa and seek refuge in India. The Central Tibetan Administration, in the 1960's, requested the Indian Government to grant them settlements for the refugees, to which the Government agreed. Presently, this settlement in Mundgod is documented to be the largest concentration of Tibetan refugees in the world.

This Tibetian colony in Mundgod, hosts several monasteries spread over different villages. The most popular of them, the Gaden (also Ganden) Jangtse Monastery features a 25-ft tall statue of Sakyamuni Buddha coated in gold. Visitors are welcome to take a tour of the camps. Rightfully named Mini Tibet, the Doeguling Tibetan Settlement showcases the rich culture, tradition and life style of Tibetan people and their relentless efforts of freeing Tibet.

At a distance of 19 km from Mundgod lies the Attiveri Bird Sanctuary, which is famous for being a breeding site for numerous migratory birds from Central Asia, Northern Africa and various other European countries. The agricultural fields surrounding the sanctuary attract a variety of aquatic birds and amphibians. Other tourism destinations in its proximity include Yellapur, Haveri, Hubli and Dandeli.

Mundgod does not have a railway station, and the nearest station is Hubli, at a distance of 45 km. From Hubli, buses go to Mundgod (50 kms) from where, shared jeeps operate to the settlement. The nearest airport is at Goa..

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