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 10 km2 (4 sq mi)
Population (2011)(estimated)
 • Total 70,000 (including Tibetans)
Languages
 • Official Kannada
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 571104
Telephone code +91 8223
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 an area in Karnataka which is home to the Indian town Bylakuppe and several Tibetan settlements (there are several 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 (Indian) town Kushalanagar is about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from Bylakuppe. It also shares the border with Eastern part of Coorg district.

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 50,727 individuals at that time. However, it is unclear whether these figures included the Vajrayana Buddhist monks living there. Today, an estimated 7,000 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 Buddhist 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. PAP (Protected Area Permit) is mandatory for foreigners to stay here overnight, which can take up to three months to be issued.

Accessibility[edit]

Bylakuppe is situated on the state highway 88 (now NH 275) and is well connected to most of the major cities in south-India. Bus facilities are available from major towns like Mysuru, Bengaluru, Mangaluru, Chennai, Panaji, etc. Following are the distances between Bylakuppe and other cities in kilometers: Mysuru (82), Bengaluru (222), Mangaluru (172), Mandya (122), Chennai (582), Hassan (80), Madikeri (36), Kasaragod (145), Kozhikode (190).

Main attractions[edit]

Entrance of Namdroling Monastery
  • Namdroling Monastery[2] (Golden Temple)
  • Ingalakere: Largest lake in Mysore district
  • Rangaswamy temple, on the rangaswamy betta (hill): Ancient temple built around 12th Century by Hoysalas.
  • 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)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 2
(0.08)
3
(0.12)
11
(0.43)
76
(2.99)
135
(5.31)
224
(8.82)
315
(12.4)
297
(11.69)
214
(8.43)
169
(6.65)
49
(1.93)
12
(0.47)
1,507
(59.32)
Source: Climate-Data.org (altitude: 1014m)[3]

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