Please be aware that the following is all of the information that the Jangchup Lamrim Teaching Organizing Committee has about accommodation. We deeply regret that we are unable to assist further with the accommodation arrangements of the thousands of expected attendees.
Hotel/guest house accommodation in Sera Monastery
There are only a small number of guest house rooms in Sera Monastery and in the other monasteries/nunneries of Bylakuppe. These rooms are already fully booked by the monasteries/nunneries for their usual guests.
Hotel/guest house accommodation in Kushalnagar and neighboring towns
In the nearest town of Kushalnagar (8km from Sera) there are some options for accommodation. Because these rooms are limited, if you wish to book a room in Kushalnagar, then we suggest that you arrange this in advance with the help of a local friend or travel agent.
Accommodation may be available in Hunsur Rabgayling Tibetan Settlement (1.5 hour drive from Sera) where Gyumed Monastery and Dzongkar Choede Monastery are located. (Note: in order to stay there, your PAP must include Hunsur Rabgayling Tibetan Settlement; a PAP only for Sera is not sufficient to stay in Hunsur Tibetan Settlement.)
The neighboring district of Coorg (Kodagu) is a popular tourist destination so there is also accommodation available there, such as in the town of Madikeri which is approx. 40km/25 miles from Sera.
Private accommodation in the monasteries
During teachings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the monastery rules concerning visitors are changed and all visitors (including nuns, lay men and lay women) are permitted to stay in the monks’ personal residences. Therefore, if you have friends in Sera or one of the other Bylakuppe monasteries, nunneries, or camps, you are encouraged to request their assistance in arranging private accommodation within the monasteries, nunneries, or camps. If you have friends in other monasteries/nunneries outside of Bylakuppe, such as Gaden and Drepung Monasteries, these friends may also be able to assist you via their contacts in their corresponding khangtsens in Bylakuppe.
Please note, because private accommodation is very limited, it is usually only possible to arrange private accommodation through a local friend. You will probably not be able to arrange private accommodation by phoning or emailing the monasteries/nunneries unless you personally know someone living in that monastery/nunnery, as the rooms must be reserved for their usual guests.
Maps & Other Tips
For maps of India and Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement see: Transportation.
For information about food, weather, money, health, and Monastery etiquette see: Visa & Other Advice.