Photographs from the Tibetan settlements near Bylakuppe, India.
Tiny Bylakuppe, 5km southeast of Kushalnagar, was among the first refugee camps set up in South India to house thousands of Tibetans who fled from Tibet following the 1959 Chinese invasion. Over 10,000 Tibetans live here (including some 3300 monks), making it South India's largest Tibetan settlement. The atmosphere is heart-warmingly welcoming, and home to much festivity during the Tibetan New Year celebrations.
The area’s highlight is the atmospheric Namdroling Monastery, home to the jaw-droppingly spectacular Golden Temple, presided over by three 18m-high gold-plated Buddha statues. The temple is at its dramatic best when prayer is in session and it rings out with gongs, drums and the drone of hundreds of young monks chanting. You’re welcome to sit and meditate; look for the small blue guest cushions lying around. The Zangdogpalri Temple, a similarly ornate affair, is next door.
Old monk returning back to home from monastery after evening prayers. Monks mostly go by walk only everywhere.
Few more monks returning after prayers with a company :)
Little monks trying to take cover under a single umbrella in rain.
Monks at during prayer time at Golden Temple.
An ealderly person chanting while returning from monastery
The Golden Temple. This temple is a major tourist attraction.
A monk keeping watch of the prayer hall at Sera Monastery