|Buddha Shakyamuni, Padmasambhava and the Buddha Amitayus|
|• Total||2 km2 (0.8 sq mi)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Nearest city||Bylakuppe and Kushalanagara|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Periyapattana|
|Climate||Tropical monsoon (Köppen)|
Bylakuppe (Kannada:ಬೈಲಕುಪ್ಪೆ, Tibetan:བལཀུཔེ )is home to two of the many Tibetan settlements in India, established by Lugsum Samdupling (in 1961) and Dickyi Larsoe (in 1969). It is located to the west of the Mysore district in the Indian state of Karnataka. The twin town Kushalanagara is about 6 kilometers from Bylakuppe.
The town is mainly inhabited by Tibetans who According to a demographic survey carried out by the Central Tibetan Administration's Planning Commission in 1998, accounted for 10,727 individuals at that time. However, it is unclear whether these figures included the Tibetan Monks population in the monasteries. Today an estimated 20,000 Tibetans live in the settlements, these were established on land leased by the state government to accommodate some of the Tibetan expatriates who came to resettle in India after 1959. Bylakuppe consists of a number of agricultural settlements, colonies are close to each other, and has number of monasteries, nunneries and temples in all the major Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Most notable among them are the large educational monastic institution Sera, the smaller Tashilunpo monastery (both in the Gelukpa tradition) and Namdroling monastery (in the Nyingma tradition). Bylakuppe also has many buddhist universities for advanced buddhist practices. Some of them are serajey, seramey, nalanda,etc.
Bylakuppe is a small town. It has a police station, commercial banks, a telephone exchange, a post office, lodges and hotels. Transport facilities such as buses, auto-rickshaws and taxis are also available.
Bylakuppe is situated on the state highway 88 and is well connected to most of the major cities in south-India. Bus facilities are available from major towns like Mysore, Bengaluru, Mangalore, Chennai, Panaji, etc. Following are the distances between Bylakuppe and other cities in kilometers: Mysore (82), Bengaluru (220), Mangalore (172), Mandya (122), Chennai (585), Hassan (80), Mercera (36), Kasaragod (145).
- Namdroling Monastery (Golden Temple)
- Rangaswamy temple, on the rangaswamy betta (hill)
- Other Buddhist monasteries, schools and settlements
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bylakuppe.|
- Brief description of Dickyi Larsoe
- Brief description of Lugsum Samdupling
- Sera monastery
- Namdroling monastery
- Buddhism and Reaching Bylakuppe
- One of the houses at Sera Jey Monastic University
- Photo Gallery: Golden Temple, Sera and Namdroling Monastery near Bylakuppe