Rato Dratsang is a Tibetan Government monastery, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at its head. A small monastery comprising of a basic temple, kitchen and monks room was established in 1983 in Karnataka.
A larger plan to construct a bigger block for monks, a kitchen and dining block, administrative building and a temple was started in 2008. The design methodology has been planned around locally available materials with simple building techniques. Simple low cost sustainable technologies are being used. These technologies will reduce dependence on fossil fuels, improve the quality of life and enable use of natural resources such as rain water, wind and sun