The following basic travel information is, to the best of our knowledge, accurate as of March 2015. However, because situations often change quickly in India, we unfortunately cannot guarantee the accuracy of the following information and we deeply apologize for any errors. If you do find errors, please help us improve this section by sending current information to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have not included prices in the information below because costs in India tend to vary greatly during busy events such as teachings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and are therefore unpredictable.
Location and Maps
Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is located in Dickyi Larsoe Tibetan Settlement, in Bylakuppe, Mysore District, Karnataka State, south India, approximately 240km/150 miles west of Bangalore (Bengaluru).
The nearest large city is Mysore (Mysuru), which is approx. 90km/55 miles to the east. The nearest small town is Kushalnagar, which is approx. 8km/5 miles to the north. The centre of Bylakuppe is approx. 1.5km/1 mile to the east. To travel to Tashi Lhunpo from either Bylakuppe or Kushalnagar, auto rickshaws (shared or private) and taxis are available.
There are two Tibetan Settlements in Bylakuppe (Dickyi Larsoe and Lugsung Samdupling) and many monasteries and nunneries, including:
- Tashi Lhunpo Monastery
- Sera Jey Monastery
- Sera Mey Monastery
- Namdroling Monastery (“The Golden Temple”)
- Kagyu Nalanda Monastery
- Ngagyur Nyingma Institute
- Tsogyal Shedrub Dargyeling Nunnery
- Sakya Monastery
- Kamtsang Kagyud Lungtok Tengye Ling Monastery
- Drikung Kagyu Thupten Shedrup Jangchub Ling Monastery
Below is a Google map showing Bylakuppe in relation to Bangalore (Bengaluru) and Mysore (Mysuru). Use the + button to zoom in to Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement. For an easier view, click on “View on Google Maps”.
A satellite map of Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement is available on Wikimaps.
Travel by Air
The nearest international airports are:
- Bangalore (Bengaluru) – approx. 240km/150 miles
- Mangalore – approx. 180km/110 miles
- Calicut – approx. 220km/135 miles
- Goa – approx. 550km/340 miles
- Chennai – approx. 550km/340 miles
As of March 2015, the nearest domestic airport (Mysore Airport, approx. 100km/60miles) is closed and no flights are available.
As most visitors who fly will travel via Bangalore Airport, here are some details concerning that airport:
Taxi from Bangalore Airport: Approximately 6 hour drive to Bylakuppe. There is a pre-paid taxi desk inside the airport. For more information about the pre-paid taxis see here.
24/7 Deluxe Shuttle Bus from Bangalore Airport: Services available to Bangalore city, railway stations, and bus stations from where you can take a bus directly to Bylakuppe/Kushalnagar (see “By Bus” section below). For more info about the Airport Shuttle Bus see here.
Train from Bangalore Airport: There is currently no direct train service from the airport. You can travel via taxi or Shuttle Bus to Bangalore’s Central Railway Station (approximately 45 minutes) to take a train to Mysore.
Travel by Train
The nearest main railway station is Mysore (approx. 90km/55miles), which is well connected with many trains to Bangalore and other cities.
For information about train routes, fares and seat availability between any two cities in India, see: IndianRailInfo.com (enter city names at top of page) and Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry.
Specifically for suggestions of trains to/from Mysore, see InMysore.com.
Travel by Bus
Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is located 1.5 km/1 mile from the centre of Bylakuppe and 8km/5 miles from the small town of Kushalnagar. Both Bylakuppe and Kushalnagar are well connected to Mysore, Bangalore, Mangalore, Calicut, Madras, Coimbatore, Ooty, Cannanore, Panaji (Goa) and many other cities by well-maintained state highways and plentiful bus services. For more info see Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation.
Bus from Bangalore: There are frequent luxury (“deluxe”), semi-luxury (“semi-deluxe”), and ordinary buses from Bangalore to Mysore (approx. 3 hours) and many of these carry on to Bylakuppe/Kushalnagar (an additional 2 hours; total 5 hours from Bangalore). Note: Direct buses to Kushalnagar leave from Bangalore’s Satellite Bus Station (also known as Mysore Road Satellite Bus Station, or MCTC) which is one of Bangalore’s 6 major bus stations. For more info see Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation.
Bus from Mysore: There are frequent luxury (“deluxe”), semi-luxury (“semi-deluxe”), and ordinary buses from Mysore’s Suburban Bus Stand to Bylakuppe/Kushalnagar (2 hours). For more info see Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation. For more information about bus services between Mysore and the rest of south India, see InMysore.com.