Retracing Buddha Path & attending the 35th Kagyu Monlam
February 26, 2017 – March 5, 2018
LTT is pleased to announce 21 day retreat tour
February 19 – March 12, 2018
In addition, the group will attend The Kagyu Monlam is a major international prayer festival held annually in Bodhgaya, India, one of the most sacred sites for Buddhists worldwide. Thousands of people gather together in order to listen to Buddhist teachings and to pray for peace and harmony on earth and the well-being and happiness of all the world. His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, presides over the festival.
From 26th February 2017 – March 5 2018. His Holiness The 17th Karmapa orgen trinley Dorje will give Buddhist teaching at the Bodhgaya, India. At the end of each day’s teaching, we will visit other important Buddhist sites.
Ven Lama Stanzin Wangdan
Studied at Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Studied English language at English in India – British Council, Studied Buddhist Philosophy at Gomang University, Lives in Atlanta, Georgia
From Ladakh, India
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|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||New Delhi – New Delhi|
||Delhi – Jaipur – Agra-Taj Mahal – Varanasi – Bodhgaya – Patna – Kushinagar – Lumbini – Sravasti – Delhi-Dharamsala|
|TIME||19 Nights / 20 Days|
|WEAR||Comfortable warm clothings, gloves and sunscreen.|
Retracing Buddha Path:-
The Buddha lived and traveled along the Gangetic plains in Northern India. Besides New Delhi, the pilgrimage visits two states of northern India, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
India’s cities stand in large contrast to her villages and have their own interesting (if seemingly chaotic) lifestyle. Varanasi and Bodh Gaya are both significant pilgrimage sites, having their own distinct character and personality. In these places we get a closer view of how modern and traditional India co-exist. Kushinagar, Sravasti and Rajgir are smaller towns and relatively quiet, giving the pilgrims the opportunity to absorb the nuances of the local culture and society.
In Delhi, we will visit the place where Mahatma Gandhi, the father of India, lived his last days. This is a wonderful place to begin the pilgrimage. Gandhi reminds us of the Buddha in our living memory, and personified a unique way
of peaceful living and politics. He was a man open to all cultures and religions but with deep faith in his own.
Our journey will take us across the plains of the river Ganges to Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha attained enlightenment, and the Deer Park at Sarnath, where he gave his first teachings. We will visit his favorite meditation places such as Vulture Peak in Rajgir, the Jeta Grove at Sravasti (where he spent 24 rainy season retreats), and Kushinagar, where he passed away. We will also visit Lumbini, where he was born, and the palace at Kapilavastu, where he spent his childhood. Aside from visiting the places where the Buddha lived, we will visit monasteries, temples and shrines. The trip includes visits to homes of locals in cities and villages, a gentle walk to the Dungasiri Mountain (Mahakala Cave) where the Buddha practiced his austerities. We would meet environmental and social activists and visit the homes of both the homes of the poor and the privileged to get a sense of contemporary India. We would combine this with the underpinnings of the Buddha’s teachings, and some of the places he lived and visited so we can examine what we are witnessing and experiencing both from an external and internal perspective. In Varanasi we will also take a boat ride on the Ganges at sunrise.
At each pilgrimage site along the way, our tour teacher will tell stories of the Buddha’s life and give teachings to help us understand the Buddha as a human being, the drama of his life and the significance of what he taught. We will schedule time for daily sitting and walking meditation, regular discussions, and contemplative time for ourselves.
The creation of a traveling sangha will be an important aspect of this trip, giving the journey a greater cohesiveness and building a sense of support for those seeking to deepen their practice.
19th February 2017: Delhi Arrival
Arrive Delhi Airport, meet & greet at airport then transfer to Hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Delhi
20th February 2017: Delhi – Agra: (05 hrs , 205 Kms)
After breakfast at hotel then drive to Agra, arrival & transfer to hotel. After lunch at hotel, visit the world famous Taj Mahal “(its closed on every Friday). Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan for his Empress Mumtaz Mahal. The construction believed to have taken 22 years to complete with over 20,000 craftsmen working round the clock. After sightseeing of Tajmahal visit magnificent Agra Fort, built in the bank of Yamuna River, is situated in the center of the town, (Taj mahal & Agra Fort both UNESCO World Heritage sites) evening free for shopping /own activities, Overnight at Hotel.
21st February 2017: Agra-Lucknow- via Sankasya: (09 – 10 hrs)
Early morning, after breakfast drive to Lucknow with packed lunch enroute visit Sankasya, where Lord descended from heaven after giving sermon to his mother after 7 years of her dealth. Later continue drive to Lucknow, on arrival check-in at Hotel, Dinner at hotel.
Overnight at Hotel, Lucknow.
22nd February 2018: Lucknow – Varanasi: (7 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Varanasi, Check-in at Hotel . Lunch at hotel. Later Visit SARNATH (where Buddha delivered his first sermon) Sarnath – where Buddha preached his first sermon after he had attained enlightenment at Bodhgaya. Next visit to Dhamekha Stupa, The Dhamekha Stupa is the most remarkable and massive structure at Sarnath. Built partly in stone and partly in brick, the Dhamekha Stupa is 28 meter in diameter at the base and 43.6 meter in height. The stone facing the lower part is decorated with delicate floral carvings of Gupta period. Tour continues to visit Deer Park.. Evening free for local shopping etc. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
23rd February 2018: Varanasi – Bodhgaya: (5 hours)
After breakfast drive to Bodhgaya. Check-in at Hotel. Lunch at hotel. Rest day free for own activities. Evening visit Mahabodhi temple – The Bodhi tree, situated in the premises of the temple, is the one under which Buddha attained enlightenment, Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bodhgaya.
24th February 2018: Bodhgaya – Rajgir – Nalanda – Bodhgaya
Early morning, after breakfast drive to Rajgir. Reaches Rajgir at 2:30 hrs (from Bodhgaya which is 85 kms) Rajgir is a site of great Sanctity and significance for Buddhists. Afternoon visit Gridhakuta Hill, Bimbisara jail & Ajatashatru’sFort.
Drive to Nalanda, which is 12kms. Drive (15 minutes), and It was one of the oldest Universities of the World & International Centre for Buddhist Studies., Nalanda was one of the greatest monastic universities of the ancient world University established in 5th century BC. It is believed that Lord Buddha and also the founder of Jainism religion Lord Mahavir taught at this university for years. There is even a look monument to facilitate Chinese traveler monk and writer Hiuen Tsang who studied at this university in the 7th century A.D
Lunch at Nalanda Cafetaria. Evenining drive back to Bodhgaya (105 KMS, 02.5 Hrs Drive) on arrival check in at hotel. Dinner at hotel and overnight at Bodhgaya.
25th February 2018: Bodhgaya
Early morning visit Mahabodhi temple to offer Gee Rice Pooja (Kiripidu Dhana). Thereafter return to hotel.
Lunch at hotel. After lunch visit to Sujata Village, Niranajana River, various monasteries, etc, Evening free for local shopping or own activities, Dinner & over night at hotel.
Day 8 to 13, 26th February 2018 to 5th March 2018
Attending the 35th Kagyu Monlam
26th February 2018 to 5th March 2018
6th March 2018: Bodhgaya - Vaishali – Kushinagar: (10 hrs)
After early breakfast morning drive to Kushinagar. Lunch on the way at local restaurant. Visit Vaishali. After visit Vaishali drive to Kushinagar. Visit Parinirwana Temple (where Buddha took his last breathe). Check in at hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel.
7th March 2018: Kushinagar – Lumbini: (191 kms, 05 hrs drive).
After breakfast, morning visit Rambhar Stupa (cremation site of lord Buddha), then drive with packed lunch to lumbini. While going to Lumbini, stop at India/Nepal border for Visa/Immigration formalities. Later check-in at Hotel.Evening visit Lumbini, the Birth place of Lord Buddha.
Over night at hotel – Lumbini.
8th March 2018: Lumbini – Kapilvastu – Saravasti
After break6fast leave for Sravasti, enroute visit Kapilavastu – where Lord Buddha’s childhood was spent & also visit ruins of the Palaces. Later continue drive to Sravasti & on arrival check-in at hotel . Later visit Sravasti, where Buddha spent his 24 monsoons, visit Jetvana and Ananda Bodhi Tree. Dinner and overnight at Hotel – Sravasti.
9th March 2018: Sravasti – Lucknow – Delhi: (4-5 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Lucknow. Lunch at Lucknow. Thereafter transfer to airport to board flight to Delhi, Dinner on Board, Arrive New Delhi and transfer to Hotel.
Overnight at Delhi.
10th March 2018: Delhi
Breakfast at hotel. Later Proceed for sightseeing of delhi including India Gate, Parliament House, President House. Evening drive to Dharamsala.
11th March 2018: Dharamsala Local Sightseeing
– Norbulingka Institute is dedicated to increasing international appreciation of traditional Tibetan culture, as expressed in its arts and literature. To this end, it provides, training, education, and employment to Tibetans who produce high quality traditionally crafted art objects, clothing, and home furnishings. It also operates two guesthouses, and offers workshops on traditional Tibetan arts.
— The “Seat of Happiness Temple” (Deden Tsuglakhang), is located in Norbulingka’s Japanese-inspired gardens. Built in 1985, it contains 1,173 murals of the Buddha, frescos and drawings of the Dalai Lama and his predecessors, and a 4-meter high gilded copper of Shakyamuni Buddha.
— The Library of Tibetan Work and Archives (LTWA) is one of the world’s premier repositories dealing with Tibet’s history, politics, and culture. Its collections include over 80,000 manuscripts, books, and documents and over 600 thankas, statues, and other Buddhist artifacts.
— DolmaLing Nunnery and Institute, inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2005, is the first institute dedicated to advanced Buddhist education for Tibetan nuns from all traditions, and is fully supported by the Tibetan Nuns Project. At present 238 nuns devote themselves to study, practice, work at the nunnery and self-sufficiency projects.
12th March 2018: Evening Drive back to Delhi.
Early morning, we will visit Nachung Monastery, Bhagsunath Hindu Temple, and the Tibetan Children’s Village School. We may also receive teachings from other great Masters or Rinpoches in Dharamsala
Evening drive back to Delhi.
13th March 2018
Day for Shopping & Get ready for Departure Home
Retracing Buddha Path & attending the 35th Kagyu Monlam
February 19 – March 12, 2018 (20 days)
Single Accommodations: $3,3150.00
Double Accommodations: $2,800.00
|Full board in double room throughout the tour|
|Flights Delhi / Leh / Delhi|
|Tour guide assistance of a English-speaking guide throughout the stay|
|All transfers from the airport / hotel to the hotel / airport.|
|All transport on the circuit|
|Entries on all sites mentioned in the program|
|Entries on all sites mentioned in the program|
|• Mineral water (one bottle per person per day)|
|International flights France / Delhi. We can advise you when booking your tickets. As a rough guide, it is necessary to count between 500 and 700 € for a round trip in economy class and the prices vary according to the date of purchase|
|The Visa Fee for India (You must yourself make the process for obtaining your visa).|
|Meals in Delhi|
|Tips for guides and drivers|
- International airfare (although we can and will be more than happy to help you decide on arrangements)
- Indian visa fee (e-Tourist visa is about $60USD; we can advise on other types on visas)
- Travel insurance (required)
• All nights in 4 **** hotel.
• All internal flight.
• In comfortable SUV CAR for all the sites.
• The proposed route may be subject to change depending on weather and / or technical hazards.
• This stay is organized for a small group to encourage immersion in the country visited as well as personal interactions.
• The exceptional people you meet and who will accompany you during your stay are sometimes solicited by the local community, please note that your program may be modified according to their obligations
Building Love – Agra, the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
Agra was the capital of the great Mughals. Emperor Akbar, was the main architect of the Agra Fort. His grandson Shah Jahan built the beautiful monument to love, the Taj Mahal, as a mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Both these monuments are UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The Exquisite Caves – Ajanta & Ellora
Ajanta is situated near Aurangabad. Beginning in the 2nd century BCE and continuing for 900 years, twenty-six caves were chipped out of a horseshoe shaped cliff. The early followers of the Buddha created an isolated haven, shrouded in the darkness of the caves where they could meditate in peace. The exquisite Buddhist paintings and sculptures created by using simple tools in the glow of lamps rank among the world’s most important cultural treasures and the area has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Although the Jataka Tales form the main theme of the paintings, also depicted are scenes from contemporary courtly life all demonstrating a startling degree of sophistication. In the Ajanta paintings we see the brilliant union between sacred and secular art.
Ellora Caves: Nearby is Maharashtra state’s most phenomenal ancient monument, the Ellora caves which carried on the legacy of Ajanta from the 7th century AD and was subjected to Buddhist, Jain and Hindu influences. The sculptures at Ellora are massive in form and the entire spectrum of carvings pulsates with life and energy. The phenomenal rock cut Hindu temple of Kailash which is carved out of a hillside is the world’s largest monolith and the site’s principal attraction. Ellora too, is a World Heritage site declared by UNESCO.