Gaden Monastery and Drepung Monastery are located in the Doeguling Tibetan Settlement in Mundgod, in the North Kanara district of Karnataka State, South India, approximately 400km north of Bangalore (Bengaluru) and 600km south of Mumbai (Bombay). The nearest large city is Hubli, which is approximately 45km north.
The Doeguling Tibetan Settlement in Mundgod is one of the largest Tibetan refugee settlements in India, with a current population of approximately 13,400. The settlement consists of eleven camps and includes seven monasteries, twenty schools (from nursery to secondary), two homes for the elderly, several modern allopathic hospitals, a Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute, and a co-operative society engaged in various activities such as farming and handicrafts
Protected Area Permit
Tibetan refugee settlement area which is classified by the Government of India as a Restricted Area. Therefore all foreign visitors to these monasteries are required to have a Protected Area Permit (PAP) please find (PAP) form here from this link
PAP form pdf
By Air to India
The nearest major international airports to Mundgod are:
- Bangalore (Bengaluru) – approx. 400km
- Mumbai (Bombay) – approx. 600km
- Goa – approx. 300km
There are direct flights from major European cities to each of these three cities.
To Hubli and Mundgod
Hubli is the nearest city to Mundgod, 45km away. Hubli is well connected to other parts of the country: it has a domestic airport, a major railway junction, and deluxe bus services to many major cities of South India
The 45km drive from Hubli to Mundgod takes approximately one hour. Private taxis and/or shared jeeps are available from Hubli city, airport, railway station and bus station.
By Air to Hubli
There are direct flights to Hubli are available only from Bangalore (Bengaluru) and Mumbai (Bombay), www.spicejet.com For more information, see: http://www.hubli-dharwad-city-guide.com/Hubli-Flights.html
By Train to Hubli
Hubli is an important railway 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 more information about train routes, fares and seat availability, see: http://www.indianrail.gov.in/dont_Know_Station_Code.html and http://www.hubli-dharwad-city-guide.com/Hubli-Trains.html
By Bus to Hubli
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