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9010
14 Days
Delhi
Ladakh & Dharamsala
Max People : 12

Tour cost: $ 2250 USD PER PERSON

Early birds offer till 1st May $1999 USD

Tour Date:  August – September 2020

Please note: We are waiting for official date announcement of H.H Dalai Lama teaching in Dharamshala 2020 . The changes in the schedule date and timing will be reflected on our website, as and when it announced.

Tour Details

This tour is a lifetime opportunity for everyone, not only will you be visiting the sacred places but you will witness the precious teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We cordially invite people from every corner of the world to participate in the journey to awaken the pure soul inherent within each one of us by indulging in the teachings on Tibetan Buddhism by the learned scholar, followed by visiting monasteries to really visualize or to feel the aura of peace within. With the guidance of your teacher you will also participate in Green Tara Puja, which helps one in disturbing mind desiring to stay in peace or solace.

Also participate in offering prayer flags, which is considered as a very sacred tradition from centuries in Tibetan tradition. Still in today’s date Tibetan’s are following the same tradition of offering prayer flags on high places so to spread the scripted sacred mantras to the space and to once family, to uplift once luck and others too. We also arranged you a consultation with Amchi, Tibetan doctor. This is a very organic approach towards once health. The medicines are made of herbs collected from mountains, which are very rare and precious with no side effect at all. This tour incorporates a peaceful means yet an effective to once mind and body.

In Ladakh, a little visited land rich in spiritual tradition, practice yoga and meditation in a variety of stunning locations surrounded by high mountains and historic monasteries. Explore some of the best destinations in Ladakh, and gain insight into local culture and beliefs. A journey in Ladakh is an authentic experience like no other.

We are willing to do further venture on your way back to home, once reaching Amritsar you can spent short sightseeing at Amritsar by visiting the famous Sikh temple ‘Golden Temple’. This is one of the most revered spiritual sites of Sikhism. Entering to this temple will definitely give you a feeling of entering to a whole new culture. People with bare feet, wearing scarf on the head both male and female, queued to seek blessings inside this magnificent temple.

We are willing to do further venture on your way back to home, once reaching Amritsar you can spent short sightseeing at Amritsar by visiting the famous Sikh temple ‘Golden Temple’. This is one of the most revered spiritual sites of Sikhism. Entering to this temple will definitely give you a feeling of entering to a whole new culture. People with bare feet, wearing scarf on the head both male and female, queued to seek blessings inside this magnificent temple.

Arrival Location

New Delhi Indra Gandhi International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Location

New Delhi Indra Gandhi International Airport

Price Includes

  • Assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation on Twin sharing basis
  • 02 nights’ hotel accommodation in Delhi
  • 04 nights’ hotel accommodation in Leh in Ladakh
  • 02 night in Nubra valley in Ladakh
  • 06 nights’ hotel accommodation in Dharamsala
  • Guidance of Geshe la meditation and teaching in Dharamsala
  • All the tour are escorted by Mr. Tenzin Tsogyal
  • Local Live guide at Golden temple(Amritsar)
  • Domestic flight ticket from Delhi to Leh & Leh to Delhi
  • Domestic flight ticket from Delhi to Dharamsala & Amritsar to Delhi
  • 01 mineral water bottles per person per day
  • All the local sightseeing tour and Airport pickup and Drop at Delhi by non- Ac car(As per itinerary )
  • Environment fee / Entry fee to all sites
  • All applicable present government taxes
  • FM radio for live teaching translation(Dalai Lama teaching)

Price Excludes

  • Single room supplement (If you wish to stay a single).
  • *Medical and Travel Insurance (Compulsory)*
  • International flight ticket
  • Visa fee (You must obtain your own Visa)
  • Any type of Natural Crises, Road Blocking and Flight Delay Charges
  • Any Kind of Personal Expenses, Optional Tours
  • Tips for Escort, Guide and other
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusion
  • Extra meals above Itinerary, Laundry, Telephone Charges
  • Any type of Natural Crises, Road Blocking and Flight Delay Charges
  • Optional tour

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • FM radio for teaching translation
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
A 14-days tour featuring Dalai Lama’s teachings in Dharamsala and pilgrimage tour to Ladakh.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR:

  • To Attend His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings onBuddhapalita’s Commentary on the Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way (drel-pa Buddhapalita)
  • Explore some of the best destinations in Ladakh, and gain insight into local culture and beliefs..
  • Circumambulation of the Temple, Stupa and Mani wall to purify our negative karma and generate the seeds of enlightenment.
  • Offering of prayer flags to spread the scripted sacred mantras to the space and to once family, to uplift once luck and others too
  • Special oracle healing session at Ladakh
  • Recapitulate the daytime teachings followed by discussion (at Dharamshala)
  • Waking up to a brewing cup of Tibetan herbal tea.
  • Meditation to free oneself from disturbing mind.
  • This tour is lead and escorted by Tenzin Tsogyal
  • Participate in Green Tara Puja, which helps one in disturbing mind desiring to stay in peace or solace.
  • Participation in Chod Prayer withspecial ritual with chanting, music, prayers and offerings performed by Yogi
  • Private consultation with Tibetan Amchi (Doctor) & Astrologer (Optional and own payment)
Itinerary

DAY 1: 25th August 2019Arrive in Delhi

• Arrival at Indra Gandi International Airport and our representative will escort to hotel and check into respective hotel.
• If you prefer to arrive a day early (Before 11:00 am IST), we can arrange the extra night.

DAY 2: 26th Aug 2019 DELHI - LEH BY FLIGHT

• After an early breakfast, you are transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Leh Ladakh (GoAir Flight 715: 8:35 AM- 9:55 AM)
• This must be one of the most sensational flights in the world. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif.
• Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. You would take a little time to settle in and acclimatize since you have gone from a relatively low elevation in New Delhi to over 11,000 feet! You’ll spend the day acclimatizing and enjoying the beautiful landscapes.
• Evening brief introductory meeting with tour Escort and your fellow travellers.
• Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner provided(B+L+D)

DAY 3: 27th Aug 2019LEH – ALCHI – LIKIR - LEH (SHAM VALLEY)

• Our morning starts with a brewing cup of Tibetan medicinal herbal tea, followed by prayer and meditation for 45 minutes from 7:30 AM. Thereafter we’ll proceed for breakfast.
• breakfast drive to the sham valley, to visit Likir Monastery, Basgo Castle and Alchi. Likir Gompa, built in the 11th century, is known for the 75 m tall Buddha statue and Basgo is a historical town situated on the bank of the Indus River in Ladakh. It was once an important cultural and political center and Basgo is famous for its castle and historical ruins and Alchi is famous for the existence of one of the oldest monasteries in Ladakh (a national heritage) Alchi temple mainly known for its magnificent, and well-preserved 11th- or 12th-century wall paintings, all in an Indo-Himalaya style
• Overnight stay at Leh
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided

DAY 4: 28th Aug 2019LEH - HEMIS - THIKSEY-LEH (INDUS VALLEY)

• Our morning starts with a brewing cup of Tibetan medicinal herbal tea, followed by prayer and meditation for 45 minutes from 7 AM. Thereafter we’ll proceed for breakfast.
• After breakfast we will drive to Thiksey and Hemis monastery. Thiksey monastery is perched on a rock-strewn hill, resembles the Potala in the Tibetan capital Lhasa. The monastery housed a big statue of the Maitreya Buddha, the purity of whose gaze invites reflection and silent meditation. Hemis monastery is the most famous and largest monastery of Ladakh and it belongs to Drukpa order of Tibetan Buddhism. In the evening continuation teaching on loving kindness followed by meditation
• Evening oracle session
• Overnight stay at Leh
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided• A fresh start to the morning with a warm glass of Tibetan herbal tea, followed by an hour of prayer and meditation.

DAY 5: 29th Aug 2019 LEH -NUBRA VALLEY

After breakfast starts our journey to Nubra valley. After winding and bumpy ride up the Khardunglha pass 18380 ft, enjoy the spectacular view of the surrounding mountain ranges.
• Our lunch would be en-route and after lunch visit Disket monastery and grand statue of Miteriaya Buddha (Future Buddha / Galwa Jampa).
• On arrival in Hunder, there will be an hour of free time. Followed by gentle walk around the village or to the sand dune. If the weather permits, one can meditate amidst the sand dune.
Overnight in Nubra valley. (B+ L+ D)
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided

DAY 6: 30th Aug 2019 NUBRA VALLEY

• Again a fresh start to the morning with warm cup of Tibetan herbal tea, followed by prayer and meditation and breakfast thereafter.
• After breakfast, we’ll drive to Yarab Tso (Vision Lake), visit this sacred Lake where according to local legend, the fine movements of the waves inspire visions in visiting pilgrims. Over there, you can hang the prayer flags and participating in special smoke prayer (Sang sol) under the guidance of your tour teacher, for the sake of peace, harmony, and the happiness to all the sentient beings.
• After that we are going to visit Ensa monastery (ancient retreat centre), in Ensa we’ll do self-meditation and prayer recitation of heart sutra in the monastery.
• Overnight is in Nubra valley. (B+ L+ D)
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided

DAY 7: 31st Aug 2019NUBRA VALLEY - LEH

• Again a fresh start to the morning with a warm cup of Tibetan herbal tea, followed by prayer and meditation. Followed by Breakfast. Drive back to Leh via Khardungla Pass.
• After arrival at Leh for Lunch and after lunch you are free for shopping and stroll down the Leh market.
• Local dinner at Tenzin home
• Overnight in Leh. (B+ L+ D)
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided

DAY 8: 1st September 2019 LEH - DELHI - DHARAMSHALA (BY FLIGHT)

• Early Breakfast transfer to Leh airport and fly to Delhi. (GoAir Flight 204: 8:20 AM -9:55AM)
• After arrival at Delhi airport to change the terminal and fly to Dharamsala.( Spicejet Flight SG2746: 2:30PM – 3:50 PM)
•After arrival at Dharamsala airport drive to Mcleod Ganj and check into hotel
• At evening, there will be a meeting with fellow participant and retreat teacher
• Overnight stay at Hotel in Dharamsala
• Breakfast and Dinner provided

Day 9: 2nd September 2019DHARAMSALA , MCLEOD GANJ

• Morning starts at 7:00am with brewing cup of Tibetan medicinal herbal tea, followed by guided meditation for 45 min
• After breakfast, and do the registration for teaching.
• Walking tour or circumambulation (Kora) of Dalai Lama’s residence at McLeod Ganj and Visit to Tsuglag Khang (Dalai Lama temple)
• Lunch at Hotel
• After lunch short introduction on Buddhism by Geshe la.
• Tea break
• Later there will be an introduction on His Holiness teaching and panel discussion with Geshe la.
• Dinner
• Overnight stay at Hotel in Dharamsala.
• Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner provided(B+D)

Day 10: 3rd September 2019DHARAMSALA , MCLEOD GANJ

• Morning starts at 7:00am with brewing cup of Tibetan medicinal herbal tea, followed by guided meditation for 45 min
• Teaching by His Holiness on Buddhapalita’s Commentary on the Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way (drel-pa Buddhapalita)
• Lunch at Hotel
• Visit to Tibetan Medical & Astrology Museum and Library of Tibetan Works and Archives after lunch. Meeting and private consultation with Tibetan Amchi, Tibetan traditional doctor (on your own accord) followed by a brief introduction to the Tibetan medical system and its practice. It is a very organic and holistic approach to once health and life which emphasis on the balance of elements within you.
• Spent the evening meditation followed by teaching review and panel discussion
• Overnight at Hotel in Dharamsala
• Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner provided(B+L+D)

Day 11: 4th September 2019DHARAMSALA , MCLEOD GANJ

• Morning starts at 7:00 am with brewing cup of Tibetan medicinal herbal tea, followed by guided meditation for 45 min
• Breakfast
• Continues teaching by His on Buddhapalita’s Commentary on the Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way (drel-pa Buddhapalita)at the Main Tibetan Temple.
• Lunch at Hotel
• Attend Green Tara Puja at noon held especially for the group. This prayer is done to remove any obstacles in your life, be it spiritual or mundane. Participation in these rituals may benefit you from clearing the obstacles that abstain you from achieving success
• Evening meditation followed by recapitulation of daytime teachings and panel discussion with your tour teacher.
• Overnight stay at Hotel in Dharamsala
• Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner provided(B+L+D)

Day 12: 5th September 2019DHARAMSALA , MCLEOD GANJ

• Morning starts at 7:00am with brewing cup of Tibetan medicinal herbal tea, followed by guided meditation for 45 min
• Breakfast
• Continues teaching by His on Buddhapalita’s Commentary on the Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way (drel-pa Buddhapalita)
• Lunch at Hotel
• After lunch visit to Norbulingka,the Tibetan Culture Institute and also Gyuto monastery in the afternoon.
• Evening meditation followed by recapitulation of daytime teachings and panel discussion with your tour teacher.
• Overnight stay at Hotel in Dharamsala
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided(B+L+D)

Day 13: 6th September 2019DHARAMSALA , MCLEOD GANJ

• Morning starts at 7:00am with brewing cup of Tibetan medicinal herbal tea, followed by guided meditation for 45 min
• Breakfast
• Continues teaching by His on Buddhapalita’s Commentary on the Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way (drel-pa Buddhapalita)at the Main Tibetan Temple.
• Lunch at Hotel
• After lunch you are free for own shopping or tour
• Evening meditation followed by recapitulation of daytime teachings and panel discussion

Day 14: 7th September 2019DHARAMSALA - AMRITSAR - DELHI

• Early breakfast
• Drive to Amritsar and short visit to Golden Temple from Amritsar fly to Delhi
• Lunch at AC restaurant at Amritsar
• After arrival at Delhi check into hotel
• After dinner late night transfer to airport and fly back to your home.
• Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner provided (B+L+D)

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Hans Warner ( Aruba , Netherland)

Family Traveller

we dealt with Soulful Tours, Tenzin Tsogyal, in 2017 for a teaching of HHDL in Dharamsala. Tenzin picked us up at the International Airport in New Dehli at 4.30 am, and that says a lot about his service which continued on the same level all through our stay. The Hotel in New Dehli, well chosen, the flight to Dharamsala well organised, the Hotel in McLeod Ganj very well chosen (simple but great people and more importantly for us the food was just great since Rita cannot eat anything whatsorever spicy. The care during the teachings was tremendous and Lhamo’s attention to our needs was just outstanding. The tibetan Geshe-La was a superb choice for explanations and meditations and any other questions. We would recommend Soulful Tours and Tenzin Tsogyal for anyone that goes to India for the first time, you will have a true and trusted tour leader.

November 13, 2018

Terry John Van Gelder USA

Solo Traveller

This trip with Soulful Tours to Dharamshala is very hard to put into words, when you first see the Himalayan mountains it takes your breath away! Soulful tours set us up in an amazing Tibetan owned hotel where Tibetan food was the main staple, and it was amazing! This is my second tour with Soulful tours (first was to Bodh Gaya), and again nothing to disappoint. My experience and knowledge gained about Buddhism( middle way philosophy) , the Tibetan people and India have expanded greatly.
I cound’t recommend a better tour and pilgrimage experience then Soulful tours. Its safe, well taken care of, good hotels, great drivers and especially great teachers. Highly recommend for your first or even second or third trip to India.

October 31, 2018

Morten Blok

Solo Traveller

Soulful Tours and Tenzin Tsogyal deliver on all fronts. Warm, accommodating and professional hospitality is the basis of Tenzin Tsogyals work and I cannot recommend his company enough. If you want to go sight seeing he will ensure you’ll have plenty of opportunities of doing so, but there was another experiential level to my stay in Bodh Gaya that
he helped facilitate, and I think this may be what sets Soulful Tours apart from other traveling agencies. Our travel group had the fortune of spending time with Geshe Champa Tonyo as part of the tour package, and the in depth talks about buddhist practice, politics and life, and the laughs around the dinner table made you realise you were among friends. You can’t buy that experience, but Soulful Tours will go to great lengths to set up the framework for making it happen if you open yourself to it.

March 13, 2018

Sofie

Solo Traveller

I only have good things to say about Soulful Tours! I had a great experience and a great time in Bodh Gaya with Tenzin Tsogyal, the man behind Soulful Tours, our exceptionel guide, Geshe Champa Tonyot, and our small group. We attended teachings of The Dalai Lama, meditated, got more insight into tibetan buddhism and had the opportunity to ask questions about everything we heard and experienced during the day. The hotel and the food was also great. Tenzin Tsogyal is professionel, service minded, well connected and a really nice guy! He and Soulful Tours have my best recommendations!

March 4, 2018

Shubha Vilasini

Solo Traveller

It has been such a privilege, honour and Blessing to receive the Teachings and Blessings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

I wish to thank and express my appreciation to Tenzin Tsogyal from Soulful Tours for making the trip Enriching , Well Organised., ensuring a Safe, Comfortable Stay at Bodhgaya and Varanasi, India.

The Early Morning Meditation Sessions brought a Fresh Mindful Start to the day whilst the evening discussions with ‘Geshe la’ rendered insights and address queries.

Thank you Soulful Tours for bringing us All Dharma Friends together .

January 26, 2018
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