Monday, January 21, 2013

Bylakuppe

Bylakuppe in Karnataka is the oldest settlement for the Tibetans-in-exile in India. This refugee settlement established way back in 1961 amid the lush green mountains with dense forests and lush coffee plantations. 



Here there are two settlements, Lugsum Samdupling (set up in 1961) and Dickyi Larsoe (set up in 1969), nestled next to each other. Their main purpose is to preserve the religion, traditions and the way of life of exiled Tibetans. The Government of India granted them land here in 1950 as they had no other place to settle-down. For this people agriculture is the mainstay of life.



Here there are various structures that showcase the Tibetian architecture. The most prominent is Namdroling Monastery which is popularly called the Golden Temple.



How to reach: From Bengalore drive towards Mysore and then go to Kushalnagar. Bylakuppe is approximately 5 kms away from Kushalnagar. 

43 comments:

krishna said...

awesome!!! this is the first time i'm hearing about this settlement!!

Aarti said...

Fell in love with the cute kid monks and the vibrant colours through the monestary...

Ranjana's craft blog said...

Heard of this place many times...should visit...thanks for sharing

http://joshidaniel.com/ said...

beautiful :)

Fun60 said...

A very interesting post Rajesh. I have great sympathy for the Tibetans and their loss of a homeland and culture. I visited Tibet in 2011 and was able to see first hand how their language, religion and traditions were being eroded.Well done to India for providing a home for these refugees.

Une Angevine said...

ce temple est bien coloré

ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ/ Ashwini said...

Its a great place to visit. Have been there once and the experience remains in memory crystallized.

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful collages showing. Wish you a good new week :) Hanne Bente

eileeninmd said...

The lush green forest is beautiful. Lovely images, Rajesh!

George said...

The temple is magnificent. I think it's wonderful that India has made it possible for the Tibetians to preserve their heritage.

ladyfi said...

Lovely temple and such gorgeous scenery.

Sylvia K said...

Such a beautiful, historic place, Rajesh, and your captures are wonderful as always! Hope you have a great week!

Gary said...

Beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Photo Cache said...

a good destination.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Rich lovely green foresty looking land makes quite a contrast to the fascinating architecture and ornate structures.

NatureFootstep said...

beautiful countryside.

Karen said...

What a beautiful place to settle in.

Al said...

That looks like a beautiful area in which to settle.

Carver said...

Very beautiful location and I like the architecture.

Jim said...

Great post. Thanks for showing these photos.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Marvelous!

Krishna said...

nice info and thanks

Shiju Sugunan said...

I find it so incredible that the Tibetans are preserving their rich culture and traditions in a foreign land.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Very informative post...

LifeRamblings said...

i love the lush greenery and the architecture is exquisitely beautiful.

Abe Lincoln said...

I remember when the Chinese took over Tibet and burned many of their holy books and kicked the monks out. And I remember that India was the only nation that would accept them. I am glad that India did this. India is a huge country that is very poor and also very rich and it has abundant land with many natural resources. You have a wonderful country and it and the people are so beautiful.

anthonynorth said...

Gorgeous, as always.

Ash said...

The temple looks amazing. Lovely photos!

Roger Owen Green said...

basically beautiful!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

photowannabe said...

i had no idea there were exiled Tibetans in India. Very interesting post.

LONDONLULU said...

So beautiful and such richness of history here.

Meoww said...

Love this place. And the gorgeous reds and gold.

capturedalive said...

I have been there and up close and personal with them. Lovely and very friendly people. It was nice meeting you at the Indiblogger meet

PhenoMenon, ABCW Team

R Niranjan Das said...

This is an awesome place. Love it. Nice post.

www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.in

Jeevan said...

I heard about this place and wish to visit sometime. Well captured

Joy said...

Looks a very green place. It is good that India gave the Tibetans a chance to save their culture.

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this beautiful place.

roland.theys said...

Very nice photos!
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Neo Prady said...

Always wanted to visit Buddhist monarchy. Great to know its so much in my vicinity.

thetalesofatraveler.com said...

I always consider this to be coorg, never new the original name of the town ...

Anita said...

Loved to be there :)

Anita said...

Loved to visit Bylakuppe, Rajesh :)

Poonam Khanduja said...

This just refreshed the memories of the month gone by! :)