Transportation

The following basic travel information is, to the best of our knowledge, accurate as of May 2014. 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: jangchuplamrim@gmail.com.

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.

The Jangchup Lamrim Teaching Organizing Committee deeply regrets that we are unable to assist further with the travel arrangements of the tens of thousands of expected attendees.  If you require additional advice or assistance to make your travel arrangements, please contact a travel agent, your hotel, or the members of the monastery housing where you will stay. They will be able to assist you personally.

Location and Maps

The 2014 Jangchup Lamrim Teachings will take place at Gaden Monastery in Doeguling Tibetan Settlement in Mundgod, in the North Kanara district of Karnataka State, south India, approximately 400km/250 miles north of Bangalore (Bengaluru) and 600km/370 miles south of Mumbai (Bombay). The distance between Gaden and Drepung Monasteries is approximately 7km/4miles.

The nearest large city is Hubli, which is approximately 45km/28 miles north. Hubli is well connected to other parts of the country: it has a domestic airport, a major railway junction, and deluxe bus services to/from many major cities of south India. The drive from Hubli to Mundgod takes approximately one hour. Taxis are available from Hubli city, airport, railway station and bus station.

Maps

Below is a Wikimapia satellite map of Mundgod Tibetan Settlement. Use the + or – buttons in the top left corner to zoom in or out. For an easier view, click on the red button in the top right corner, which will re-direct you to Wikimapia.

Below is a Google map of Mundgod in relation to major cities of India. Use the + button in the bottom right corner to zoom in to Mundgod Tibetan Settlement.  For an easier view, click on “View Larger Map” in the bottom left corner, which will re-direct you to Google Maps.


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Travel by Air

The nearest international airports are listed below.  There are direct flights from major European cities to each of these three cities:

  • Bangalore (Bengaluru) – approx. 400km
  • Mumbai (Bombay) – approx. 600km
  • Goa – approx. 300km

The nearest domestic airport is Hubli Airport (approx. 55km/35 miles from Mundgod). As of May 2014, direct flights to/from Hubli are available only via Bangalore (Bengaluru) and Mumbai (Bombay) on Spice Jet Airlines.  There is a pre-paid taxi booth inside of the Hubli airport where you can arrange your taxi to Hubli city or Mundgod.

WARNING: Please be aware that Hubli airport is currently closed for renovations. While Hubli airport is planned to re-open in December, it is not 100% certain that it will be open by the 2014 Jangchup Lamim Teachings, so we advise you to book your travel with caution. Spice Jet is currently selling tickets for flights to Hubli in December 2014, but there is a possibility that these flights will be cancelled at a later date.  (This information posted 10 October 2014.)

Travel by Train

The nearest major railway station is Hubli Junction (approx. 50km/30 miles from Mundgod), which is an important junction with daily express trains to:

  • Bangalore – approx. 9-11 hours
  • Mumbai – approx. 15-16 hours
  • Goa (Vasco Da Gama) – approx. 5-7 hours
  • Delhi – approx. 38 hours
  • as well as Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai (Madras), Ahmedabad, and many other cities.

For information about train routes, fares and seat availability between any two cities in India, see: IndianRailInfo.com (enter city names in top left corner) and Indian Railways Passenger Reservation Enquiry.

Specifically for suggestions of trains to/from Hubli, see the Hubli Dharwad City Guide.

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR PURCHASING TRAIN TICKETS: When purchasing train tickets, it is advisable to use a travel agent. Though train tickets can be purchased on-line by individuals, this is usually a difficult process requiring an Indian credit card and an Indian mobile/cell phone number. Indian trains are often booked out months in advance, so you are advised purchase your train tickets as soon as possible. As of September 2014, train tickets can be booked up to 60 days in advance.

Travel by Bus

The nearest large city, Hubli, has a prominent place on the road network of south India and therefore there are numerous services (including deluxe/AC/sleeper buses) to/from many major cities in south India, including:

  • Bangalore – approx. 7 hours
  • Mumbai – approx. 14 hours
  • Goa – approx. 6 hours
  • Mangalore — approx.10 hours
  • Mysore – approx. 12 hours
NOTE: Similar to purchasing train tickets, when purchasing bus tickets it is advisable to use a travel agent. Though bus tickets can be purchased on-line by individuals, this is usually a difficult process requiring an Indian credit card and an Indian mobile/cell phone number.

Other Tips

For information about Mundgod food, weather, money, health, and Monastery etiquette, see Visa & Other Advice.