Bylakuppe

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Bylakuppe
ಬೈಲಕುಪ್ಪೆ
བ་ལ་ཀུ་པེ
Town
Golden statues of Gautama Buddha, Padmasambhava and Amitāyus
Golden statues of Gautama Buddha, Padmasambhava and Amitāyus
Nickname(s): Mini Tibet
Bylakuppe is located in Karnataka
Bylakuppe
Bylakuppe
Location in Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 12°24′15″N 76°01′42″E / 12.404270°N 76.028400°E / 12.404270; 76.028400Coordinates: 12°24′15″N 76°01′42″E / 12.404270°N 76.028400°E / 12.404270; 76.028400
Country  India
State Karnataka
District Mysore
Named for Tourism, pleasant climate
Area
 • Total 4 km2 (2 sq mi)
Population (2011)(estimated)
 • Total 70,000 (including Tibetans)
Languages
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 571104
Telephone code 08223
Vehicle registration KA-45
Nearest city Kushalanagar
Lok Sabha constituency Periyapattana
Climate Tropical wet and dry (Köppen)

Bylakuppe (Kannada: ಬೈಲಕುಪ್ಪೆ Bailakuppe, Tibetan: བ་ལ་ཀུ་པེ་ Balakupé) is a town in Karnataka which 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 Kushalanagar is about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from Bylakuppe.

Population[edit]

The town is mainly inhabited by Tibetans who, according to a demographic survey carried out by the Central Tibetan Administration's Planning Commission[1] in 1998, accounted for 10,727 individuals at that time. However, it is unclear whether these figures included the Vajrayana Buddhist monks living there. Today, an estimated 70,000 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 and temples in all the major Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Most notable among them are the large educational monastic institution Sera Monastery, the smaller Tashilunpo Monastery (both in the Gelug tradition) and Namdroling Monastery (in the Nyingma tradition). Bylakuppe also has many Buddhist universities for advanced practices.

Facilities[edit]

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.

Accessibility[edit]

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, Bangalore, Mangalore, Chennai, Panaji, etc. Following are the distances between Bylakuppe and other cities in kilometers: Mysore (82), Bangalore (222), Mangalore (172), Mandya (122), Chennai (582), Hassan (80), Madikeri (36), Kasaragod (145).

Main attractions[edit]

Entrance of Namdroling Monastery
  • Namdroling Monastery[2] (Golden Temple)
  • Ingalakere
  • Rangaswamy temple, on the rangaswamy betta (hill)
  • Other Buddhist monasteries, schools and settlements

Climate[edit]

Köppen-Geiger climate classification system classifies its climate as tropical wet and dry (Aw).[3]

Climate data for Bylakuppe
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 26.1
(79)
28.3
(82.9)
30.6
(87.1)
31
(88)
29.6
(85.3)
25.5
(77.9)
23.8
(74.8)
24.3
(75.7)
25.5
(77.9)
26.5
(79.7)
26.2
(79.2)
26
(79)
26.95
(80.54)
Daily mean °C (°F) 20.1
(68.2)
21.1
(70)
23.9
(75)
25.5
(77.9)
24.9
(76.8)
22.4
(72.3)
21.3
(70.3)
21.5
(70.7)
22
(72)
21.6
(70.9)
20.9
(69.6)
20
(68)
22.1
(71.81)
Average low °C (°F) 14.8
(58.6)
16
(61)
17.7
(63.9)
19.1
(66.4)
19.3
(66.7)
18.3
(64.9)
17.9
(64.2)
17.8
(64)
17.6
(63.7)
17.8
(64)
16.7
(62.1)
15.1
(59.2)
17.34
(63.23)
Precipitation mm (inches) 2
(0.08)
3
(0.12)
11
(0.43)
76
(2.99)
135
(5.31)
124
(4.88)
255
(10.04)
197
(7.76)
114
(4.49)
169
(6.65)
49
(1.93)
12
(0.47)
1,147
(45.15)
Source: Climate-Data.org (altitude: 866m)[3]

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