Travel Guide to Drepung Gomang

About Mundgod

Gaden Monastery (known also as Lama camp no. 1) and Drepung Monastery (known also as Lama camp no. 2)  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 Hubballi, which is approximately 45km north.

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The Doeguling Tibetan Settlement in Mundgod is one of the largest Tibetan refugee settlements in India, with a current population of approximately 15,000. The settlement consists of eleven camps and includes eight monasteries, three schools (from nursery to secondary), two homes for the elderly, three modern allopathic hospitals, two Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute, and a co-operative society engaged in various activities such as farming and handicrafts.

 

Temple Visiting hours:

Temple/Prayer Hall visiting hours:

                                                   Weekly: 8.30 am to 11 am and 2.00 pm to 5 pm. 

                                                   MONDAYS ARE WEEKLY HOLIDAYS FOR THE MONASTERIES.

                                                   (above mentioned timing is for our monastery's temple/prayer hall only)

Important notice: monasteries doesn't have specified tour guide as such or car or bike rental system, guest houses are managed by different monastery management. Rooms are issued on first come and first served basis, most of rooms are simple single bed room.

There are plenty of local taxi and autos available in the settlement.

When prayer session is going on at the prayer hall, we request visitors to keep proper silence to respect the sanctity of the temple/prayer Hall.

Indian tourist or pilgrims doesn't need any special permit to enter this settlement.

 

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

 

 

Transportation

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 Hubballi and Mundgod

Hubli (Hubballi) is the nearest city to Mundgod, 45km away. Hubballi 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 Hubballi to Mundgod takes approximately one hour.  Private taxis and/or shared jeeps are available from Hubballi city, airport, railway station and bus station.

 

By Air to Hubballi

 There are direct flights to Hubli /Hubballi 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 Hubballi

Hubli or Hubballi is an important railway junction with daily express trains to:

  • Bangaluru – 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 Hubballi

Hubli/hubballi 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:

  • Bangauru – approx. 7 hours
  • Mumbai – approx. 14 hours
  • Goa – approx. 6 hours
  • Mangalore -- approx.10 hours
  • Mysore – approx. 12 hours