After spending some time in the dam, we headed to the famous Namdroling Monastery. It was noon and it was hot during the day. When we reached the place, it was already crowded which was a let down for me as I preferred a bit less crowd always. We went inside and sat for 15 mins before heading to Madikeri. On the way we had lunch at a local restaurant.
This monastery is the largest teaching center of the Nyingmapa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. It's home to 5000 monks and nuns renowned as a center for the pure upholding of the teachings of Buddha.
Where to Eat –Bylakuppe has tons of eateries where you can savor authentic Tibetan food and there are also some vegetarian cafes in vicinity. We went to Buddha Café and Potala Kitchen and were not disappointed.We left Bylakuppe for our homestay which turned out to be another major highlight of the trip. School Thota is a part of more than 300 acres of Coffee Estate and has its own history to tell. Built in the 19th century, School Thota boasts of German architecture and exudes a heritage charm the moment you step into the place. You can take a stroll in the plantation, go for fishing, sit beside the fireplace with a book or relax in one of the multiple sitting rooms, there is no dearth of activities. We spent our evening talking to our very warm & hospitable hosts and listening to the many anecdotes of this place.
The next morning, we woke up early and headed to the Golden Temple. I wanted to go particularly early to listen to them praying and chanting. We had to be there by 5:45-6 AM. And we made it. While my friend went around taking photos with his camera, I sat at the foot of the shrine and listened to them chant. They use a combination of instruments and chanting in any prayer of theirs. Some type of trumpet or wind instrument along with some percussion instruments.The Buddhist kids were adorable! Especially the one who felt he was too cool to pose in a selfie with me. “Bahut galat, bahut galat,” he said, as he walked away shaking his tiny head.
This is a Buddhist Monastery. How to go: Take a bus from KSRTC Bus Station, just the lane down from the Private Bus Station. From the stop take an auto.