Tibetan Golden Temple ,Tibetan refugee settlement, Bylakuppe in Coorg
Tibetan refugee settlement, Bylakuppe:
Tibetan refugee settlement, Bylakuppe: is in Near by Kushalnagar Town, Kodagu. is a major tourist spot on the way to Coorg. The main attractions here are various monasteries. This place is home to thousands of Tibetans living in exile, making it a huge center for Buddhism in South India. Some of the most popular monastic institutions here are Sera Ja Monastery, Sakya Monastery and Tashi Lunpho Monastery. There is a Golden Temple which is the most revered of all. This temple houses the 2 statures of Buddha, both 40 Feet tall and are called - Padmasambhava, Buddha and Amitayus. The interiors of the temple are worth looking at. Though Bylakuppe can be visited all through the year, the best time is during the September to May, when the famous festivals are held. Located peacefully in serene ambiance, the settlement was establishes in the year 1961 and is around 50 km from Mysore near Kushalnagar. Foreign visitors are required an entry permit letter for visiting Bylakuppe. There are certain options for applying entry permit letter. Foreigners can apply the entry permit through the Indian Missions in their respective countries simultaneously while applying entry visa for India. They can also apply the entry permit letter directly to the Rehabilitation Section, Ministry of Home Affairs at Delhi. The other option for acquiring entry permit letter for Bylakuppe is through Bureau Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at New Delhi. And most importantly, they should apply it 3 months before their visit.