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Tibetan Settlements in Karnataka

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Overview: I have always been overwhelmed with the welcoming smile and warmth of the Tibetan people. There are a few pockets in Karnataka where we can find Tibetan settlements, or we can call them 'Mini Tibet'. One of them is the popular Bylukuppe in Mysore district. The Namdroling Monastery of Nyingma, which is also popular as the Golden Temple, is the biggest monastery here.
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Further south of Bylukuppe is the Dhondenling settlement at Odeyarpalya in Chamarajanagar district, where few of the prettiest monasteries can be seen in the backdrop of the BR Hills. The biggest monastery here is the Dzogchen Monastery.
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Moving a few hundred kilometres towards North of Karnataka is the Doeguling Tibetan Settlement of Mundgod in Uttara Kannada district. One can see Tibetans chanting their prayers and living peacefully in these areas.
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The monasteries are a place where the Buddhists offer their prayers, so it is better to maintain silence while visiting these places. A friendly talk with the monks also makes them happy and will also help understand their culture more.

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  1. Interesting to note 3 Tibetan settlements in Karnataka!

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  2. I went to this place many years ago :) It's really lovely :)

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  3. Thank you sharing this post about Bylukuppe! We dint know that there is a Tibet settlement near Mysuru, would love to visit this place someday...:)

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