Tibetan refugees' turn settlements to tourist spot

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Mysore, Jan 20 (UNI) The Tibetan settlements at Bylakuppe in Mysore district is emerging was one of the tourist attractions in the state, bearing testimony to the hardwork of the refugees residing there.

Bylakuppe is one of the settlements, built by the Tibetan refugees, who fled their country when the 14th Dalai Lama went in exile after the Chinese invasion in 1959.

More than 85,000 refugees are scattered in 34 settlements spread over ten states in the country.

Even after their four-decade-long stay in the country, they share an identity that they stamp on every official document-- Tibetan refugees.

Bylakuppe had become one of the tourist spots in the district with a number of tourists visiting the settlements on their way to Coorg.

These settlements had fringe majestic monasteries, hospitals, shopping complexes, parks and restaurants spread out over 3,000 acres.

Talking to UNI, office bearers of the Tibetan youth wing expressed satisfaction over their stay here and acknowledged the aid extended by the Indian Government right from the beginning.

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