the tibetan indian village of Bylakuppe

Bylakuppe is the largest Tibetan refugee settlement in the world.

 

 Since 1960, in the region of Karnataka (India) around 70000 Tibetan refugees live in the village of Bylakuppe, guests of a country that gives them lands and hopes. 

The Indian government granted asylum to the Dalai Lama, and land was set aside for the waves of Tibetan refugees.

Bylakuppe is a powerful testament to human resilience. The Tibetan people’s will to preserve their way of life, their faith, and their identity, has pushed them so far south, into a place starkly different from where they come from. (atlas obscura)

 

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