Visiting The Monastery

Restricted Area

Dzogchen Monastery is located within the Dhondenling Tibetan settlement, Kollegal, South India.

All Tibetan settlements in India are located within government-restricted areas and Indian law requires that all foreign nationals possess a Protected Area Permit (PAP) before visiting.

Located within the beautiful countryside of Karnataka state, close to the borders of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, Dzogchen Monastery is surrounded by an impressive mountain range, coffee plantations and an animal reserve that protects many endangered species of wildlife.

You are welcome to visit Dzogchen Monastery to experience its spiritual environment, however, all visitors must obtain permission from the monastery office, before planning a visit.

Further more, in accordance with Indian law, all foreign visitors (non-Indian and non-Tibetan nationals) are required to have a Protected Area Permit (see the 'restricted area' box).

Please be aware that the process of applyng for a PAP can take 3 - 5 months.

To request permission to visit Dzogchen Monastery please download and complete the Visitor Application Form (click here) and email it to

Please allow at least two weeks for your application to be processed.

Visitors will not be permitted to stay if they have not received prior permission from the monastery office and do not have the mandatory PAP.

gate of dzogchen monastery monk in practice shedra stupa (detail)
Guru Rinpoche statue monk in front of temple
location of dzogchen monastery
monk stupas