Mundgod: The Tranquil Heart of Tibetan Culture in India
Mundgod's Unique Appeal:
- Initial Population: 4,302
- Present Population: 13,400
- Total Tibetan Refugees in India: 85,000
Mundgod is a notable hub for monastic education, with the Doeguling Monastic University mirroring Tibet’s historic Doeguling Monastic University, destroyed by the Chinese in 1959. Here, over 4,000 student monks from various countries receive rigorous Mahayana-Buddhist theological education while leading a simple monastic life. The settlement boasts more than 8,000 resident monks.
The Journey of Doeguling Tibetan Settlement
Plan Your Visit to Mundgod
Explore the picturesque lanes and streets of Mundgod, filled with beautiful monasteries featuring exquisite statues of Buddha and Tibetan deities, incense sticks, and colorful chanting drums. Engage with the warm Tibetan community, observe children studying and playing, and witness monks in prayer and study.
One striking aspect you’ll notice is the industrious and cheerful spirit of the Tibetans. However, like young people worldwide, the youth in Mundgod are eager for change. They seek to embrace modern lifestyles, pursue higher education, and, in some cases, explore opportunities beyond the settlement.
Visiting Mundgod and staying with one of the families will transport you to Tibet, allowing you to experience the unique culture and resilience of the Tibetan people in the heart of India.