Buddhist Pilgrimage 2017
India and Nepal (with Bonni Ross)Nov 10 to Nov 23, 2017 (14 Days)
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This trip will take you to places on the Gangetic Plains of India and Nepal that were closely associated with the life of Buddha Guatama Siddharthha. Among many places, you will visit Lumbini, where Buddha was born. Bodhgaya, where he got enlightened. You will also visit excavated ruins of Nalanda University and Varanasi.
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Trip Overview

Places on Itinerary
Buddhist Pilgrimage (India and Nepal):
This pilgrimage will take you to places in the Gangetic Plains of Northern India and southern Nepal. This is the area where Buddha lived and taught.

LUMBINI:Birthplace of Gautama Buddha.
UNESCO World Hertiage Site.

BODHGAYA: This is where Buddha attained Enlightenment.
Mahabodhi Temple. Temple of Dalai Lama. Museum.

SARNATH: Where Sangha (as we know/think) came into existence
Dhamekh Stupa. Deer Park. Museum.

RAJGIR: Ancient capital of Magadha.
Buddha as well as Mahvira (Jain) spent considerable time over here.

NALANDA: Site for the excavated ruins of Nalanda Mahavihara (University). .
5th Century AD. Sariputta Stupa. Archaeological Museum.
UNESCO World Heritage Site

VAISHALI: 55 km west of Patna.
Ashoka Pillar. Archaeological Museum. Ruins of Kolhua. Budha Relic Stupa. Peace Pagoda.

KUSHINAGAR: This is where Buddha passed away.
Mahaparinarivana Temple.

ADD ON

(One week before the main trip)

DHARAMSHALA
Your journey will start at Dharamshala, the centre of the Tibetan Government in Exile, and home to the monastery and residence of Dalai Lama. Here you will familiarise yourself with Tibetan Culture and Tibetan Buddhist way of life. You will also visit the temple of Karmapa at Baijnath.

AGRA
Agra is known for the location of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal is one of the finest example of Mughal architecture and was built from 1632 to 1653 by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz.

Features

  • Small Group (max of 10 people)
  • We will try our best to accommodate and be as considerate as possible to the dietary restrictions of our clients if any.
  • Experienced Local Guides
  • Safe Exciting Travel
  • High Quality Amenities
  • Cultural Experience

BONNI ROSS

Conscious development of spiritual community has been a lively part of the engagement she, with her partner Matthew Eades, has with students in Canada and New Zealand. Bonni and Matthew have extensive experience working in the world and this, plus idiosyncratic senses of humour, informs a practical, integrated approach to committed practice. “The world is my cloister” is the motto of Sunshine Coast Retreat House.

Bonni began exploring the teachings of liberation in the early sixties. In the mid 70’s she met her principal teacher, Venerable Namgyal Rinpoche, whose direct, eclectic teaching and example are central to her life. The encouragement of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, teachings from many great Buddhist masters, and innovative westerners like Fritz Perls and Buckminster Fuller have had direct influence, as well as artists, composers, scientists, poets, dancers, philosophers and mystery writers too numerous to mention. Her inspiration comes from “ordinary” people who demonstrate exceptional courage and compassion in the midst of great suffering.

DATES

Nov 10 to Nov 23, 2017 (14 Days)

ADD ON (Dharamshala & Taj Mahal)

Nov 03 to Nov 09, 2017 (7 Days)

Pick Up and Drop Off: New Delhi International Airport (DEL)

Pick Up: Nov 10th, after 3 PM or Nov 3rd.
Drop Off: Evening of Nov 23rd, or morning of Nov 24th.

COST

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: Two people sharing the same room. Separate beds
SINGLE OCCUPANCY: Each person has an individual room

To register/book (confirm your spot) for this trip, you are requested to make a deposit of booking amount for trip package.

Main Package: Nov 10 to Nov 23, 2017 (14 Days)
Booking Amount
Full Amount
Double Occupancy
CAD 1165
CAD 3495
Single Occupancy
CAD 1665
CAD 4995
ADD ON Dharamshala & Taj Mahal: Nov 03 to Nov 09, 2017 (7 Days)
Booking Amount
Full Amount
Double Occupancy
CAD 500
CAD 1500
Single Occupancy
CAD 733
CAD 2200

PLEASE NOTE: This will be a non-refundable deposit.

Price inclusive of:

  • Accommodation while in India and Nepal
  • Cost of all meals, except where otherwise specified (Alcohol Exclusive)
    Dinner for the day 1 and 14 of the main package are not included in the tour cost
  • All Transportation costs within India (Air Travel, Trains & Cars/Taxi)
  • Entrance Fee for Museums and Monuments
  • Permits and other fees incurred while traveling in India
  • Cost of special events like Cooking Evening or a Culture Show

Price exclusive of:

  • International flight to/from India
  • Visa Fees for India and Nepal
  • Room Charges at hotels for snacks and drinks
  • Pay Pal (Transactional) charges, for people not able to deposit the money directly into the bank in Canada.

BOOKING & PAYMENT

To book this trip, please deposit the booking amount (non-refundable) or the full amount, into the bank account of “Journey to Himalayas”. You will be required to deposit the full amount 75 days before the trip starts (Aug 27, 2017). Please read TOS for details.

Delhi – Lumbini – Kushinagar – Vaishali – Nalanda/Rajgir – Bodhgaya – Varanasi/Sarnath– Delhi (14 Days)
ADD ON (before the Pilgrimage): Dharamshala & Taj Mahal (+7 days)

PLEASE NOTE This is a tentative itinerary. The exact route of the journey will be finalized closer to the trip date and it might differ from this itinerary. Weather and road conditions permitting, this trip will include visit to all these places. Pick-up and drop-off place and date will not change. Please read the TOS for more details

DAY 1: Pick Up- New Delhi

Most of the international flights tend to reach India in the night.
*Dinner for this day is not included in the Tour Cost.

DAY 2: New Delhi to Lumbini (Nepal)

Flight from Delhi to Gorakhpur: 2h.
Gorakhpur to Lumbini by road: 125 km, 3-4h.
Border Crossing at Sanauli. Reach Lumbini by evening.

DAY 3: Lumbini

DAY 3: Lumbini

DAY 4: Lumbini to Kushinagar

178 km by car, 4-5 hours. Border Crossing.
Lumbini to Gorakhpur: 123 km, 3-4 hr by car

DAY 5: Kushinagar

DAY 6: Kushinagar to Nalanda

311 km, 7-8 hours
Visit Vaishali enroute (close to Patna)

DAY 7: Rajgir/Nalanda

DAY 8: Nalanda/Rajgir-Bodhgaya

Nalanda-Bodhgaya: 84 km, 2 h 30 min.

DAY 9: Bodhgaya

Visit Temples. Sight Seeing.

DAY 10: Bodhgaya

Day of rest and Practice.

DAY 11: Bodhgaya to Varanasi

Car/Train. Full day of travel.

By Train or by Car: 220 km, 4 hours.

DAY 12: Varanasi

Day trip to Sarnath. 15 km, 30 min from Varanasi

DAY 13: Varanasi

Varanasi Sightseeing.

DAY 14: Varanasi to Delhi

Fly or by Train. Both are comfortable and reliable.

May the merits of this Pilgrimage be shared with all sentient beings.

ADD ON: 7 Days

Dharamshala & Taj Mahal (7 Days)
(Before the Buddhist Pilgrimage with Bonni Ross)

DAY 1: Pick Up at New Delhi
OVERNIGHT: New Delhi*
Most of the international flights tend to reach India in the night.

Please make sure that you reach New Delhi by late night of Nov 3rd. We will be taking an early morning flight to Dharamshala on Nov 4th.
*Dinner for this day is not included in the Tour Cost.

DAY 2-5: DHARAMSHALA

Day 2: Delhi to Dharamshsla
Flight: 1 h 40 m.
Visit the monastery of Dalai Lama in the afternoon.
Stroll the market/bazaar of McLeod Ganj in the evening.

DAY 3: DHARMSHALA
Baijnath: Visit Gyuto Monastery of HH Karmapa.
Norbulingka: Located 30 min from Dharamshala, Norbulingka is an institution for the preservation of Tibetan Handicrafts.

DAY 4: DHARAMSHALA
Tibetan Library
VTIPA (Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts)
Tibetan Museums

DAY 5: DHARAMSHALA
Extra/Buffer Day

DAY 6-7: DELHI & TAJ MAHAL

DAY 6: DHARAMSHALA to DELHI*
Flight: 1h 20 min.
Delhi Sight Seeing.
*Dinner for this day is not included in the Tour Cost.

DAY 7: Day Trip to Taj Mahal.
Delhi to Agra (Taj Mahal): 196 km, Train, 2 hours one way. Overnight in Delhi.

BOOKING & PAYMENT

To register/book (confirm your spot) for this trip, you are required to
1. Register Online (Book Now)
2. Make a payment of the booking amount or full amount of the trip package.
After you register on the website, you will get the banking info in the email.

Payment Options:

    1. BANK DEPOSIT
      You can deposit directly into the “Journey to Himalayas” bank account in Canada (CIBC). You can go to the bank personally or send the money by email transfer or wire transfer. We also accept money through TransferWise. Your order will get confirmed only after we have received money in our bank account.
    1. PAY PAL (JTH Website)
      You can use your credit or debit card to directly make the payment. Please note that processing charges for PayPal will be extra (4% of your cart total).
Buddhist Pilgimage 2017

Basic Package
Nov 10 to Nov 23, 2017 (14 Days)

With Add On
(Dharamshala & Taj Mahal, +7 Days)
Nov 03 to Nov 23, 2017 (21 Days)

To register/book (confirm your spot) for this trip, you are requested to make a deposit of booking amount for trip package.

Basic Package (CAD 3,495.00)
Select Occupancy:
Select Add On:

CAD 1,164.88 CAD 3,495.00

PLEASE NOTE:
Booking Deposit is non-refundable. Full amount for this trip will need to be deposited 75 days before the trip starts (by Aug 27, 2017). Please read TOS for details.

 

ONLINE REGISTRATION: If you are paying by “Bank Deposit”, you will not be required to make any payment through this website. We still encourage/suggest our clients to go through the steps in the “Book Now” section to register themselves online. This helps us to keep your information updated. We will need this information to make hotel and travel bookings in India. Through your account profile, you will also be able to check the status of your payment. Thank You!

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: Two people sharing the same room. Separate beds
SINGLE OCCUPANCY: Each person has an individual room