Foreign exchange agencies, which convert a variety of currencies, are widely available in India these days, as are ATM’s for your international debit and credit cards. Some ATM’s charge a small fee, and most have a daily withdrawal limit.
There are only two ATM’s/banks inside of Bylakuppe settlement – one near Sera Lachi Prayer Hall and one near the entrance to Camp 1. There are more ATM’s and banks in Kushalnagar (7km from Sera). It may be possible to exchange foreign currency in a Western Union Office – there are several in Bylakuppe Settlement including one near Sera Mey Library.
During the time of His Holiness’ teachings the limited ATM’s may be very busy and sometimes run out of money, so it may be more convenient for you to obtain/change most of your money in larger cities, such as Mysore and Bangalore, before travelling to Sera.
For additional travel tips, see the Visa & Other Advice page.