DAILY PHOTO: The Red Door

Taken March 29, 2014 at Namdroling Monastery in Bylakuppe.

Taken March 29, 2014 at Namdroling Monastery in Bylakuppe.

Doors stir the curiosity. One wonders what’s on the other side–particularly when the door is as pimped out as this one. This isn’t even the main door. It’s a side door, hidden by vegetation and easily missed.

DAILY PHOTO: Padmasambhava Buddhist Vihara

Taken March 29, 2014 at Namdroling Monastery in Bylakuppe.

Taken March 29, 2014 at Namdroling Monastery in Bylakuppe.

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Namdroling Monastery is the largest teaching center of the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. It is located in Bylakuppe in southern Karnataka. Bylakuppe is a series of settlements that constitute one of the largest collections of Tibetans in Southern India (about 20,000 Tibetans live here.) This monastery was established by the Penor Rinpoche in 1963, after the Tibetan diaspora of 1959. The original monastery was a small bamboo temple, from that it has grown to a large campus of buildings.

This, the “Golden Temple”, is a must stop visit for travelers in southern Karnataka. For those with interest in Tibetan Buddhism, one may want to arrange a longer stay. Be aware that there are certain permitting requirements for visits longer than day visits.