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Pilgrimage and Loving-Kindness Retreat Bodhgaya, Varanasi 2019

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Availability : 6
New Delhi
Bodhgaya
Min Age : 18+
Max People : 15

Tour Date:  24th Dec  2019 to 6th Jan 2020.

Note: The above price is base on twin sharing occupancy.

BRIEFING:Our Journey will begin with the magnificent Ganga Arti in the ancient town of Varanasi. You will get to witness the world-known phenomenon of sacred fire ritual offered to the holy Ganga river as the sun sets behind the horizon. From there, we will take our spiritual expedition to Bodhgaya and Sarnath. You will get to learn the secrets of Buddhism, explore the ancient Stupas and meditate in the land of Buddha’s First-Teaching.

Next, you will be attending the Loving-Kindness Retreat in a Buddhist Monastery at Bodhgaya , Pilgrimage to Nalanda and Rajgir, our journey will head towards its end as we travel to Patna to catch a flight to Delhi. In Delhi, we will do some local sightseeing before you head back to your home with memories enriched of a beautiful journey.

Tour Highlights:

Join us for a life-changing experience in one of the most sacred spiritual places of enlightenment (Bodhgaya)

 

  • Waking up to a brewing cup of Tibetan herbal tea.
  • Meditation to free oneself from disturbing mind.
  • Circumambulation of the Mahabodhi Temple and Bodhi – where Buddha to achieve 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
  • 3-day Healing Metta/Loving-Kindness Retreat in a Buddhist Monastery with Geshe La 
  • Recapitulate the daytime teachings followed by discussion.
  • Recitation of Green Tara Puja
  • Eyewitness the evening Ganga Arti; one of the five rituals performed for the worship of sacred river Ganges
  • Enjoy evening boat ride around Manikarnika Ghat viewing city’s most wonderful scenes, Ganga Aarti on the banks of the sacred Ganges.
  • Explore the Sarnath; an important Buddhist pilgrim spot, where Buddha made his first sermon after getting enlightenment
  • Pilgrimage by cycle with this Eco-Friendly tour, we’ll roam around villages and monastery in Bodgaya.

Geshe Champa Tongyut  (Tour Teacher)

Geshe Chamba Tongyut was born in Ladakh, at the age of 11, he took novice ordination vows(Getsul) from Kybje Ling Rinpoche, one of the great tutors of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 1981 he joined Drepung Gomang monastery to pursue Buddhist Philosophy. In 2003, he has conferred a title of Geshe ‘Lharampa’ Degree which is equivalent to Ph.D., the highest spiritual degree in Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhist. He joined Gyuto Tantric college in Dharamsala at the end of the year 2003, he studied tantric and served as Vajra master from 2008 to 2009. He was also appointed as the discipline master (Gegu) of Drepung Gomang monastery.

Since 1992, Geshe La traveled around the world to preach, to spread the word of wisdom, love, compassion and universal responsibility. Geshe La has led the First and second Mindfulness retreat tour organized by a Soulful tour in Dharamsala. His presence has led such a positive feedback from the participants and led a huge difference in making the soulful tour life-changing moments for the participants.   Fortunately, this time also Geshe Chamba la will leading for upcoming mindfulness retreat in Bodhgaya from 26th Dec 2018 to 6th Jan 2019.

Itinerary

DAY 1: 24Th Dec 2019 DELHI (D)

• Arrival at Indra Gandi International Airport and check into respective hotel.
• If you prefer to arrive a day early (Before 11:00 am IST), we will arrange the extra night.
• Overnight at Hotel in Delhi
• Dinner provided (D)

DAY 2: 25Th Dec 2019 DELHI LOCAL SIGHT SEEING

• After Breakfast visit to National museum and India Gate.
• After visit back to hotel (Breakfast provided )
• Overnight at Hotel in Delhi

DAY 3: 26Th Dec 2019 DELHI - VARANASI

• After breakfast transfer to airport and fly to Varanasi
• After arrival at Varanasi check into the hotel.
• Eyewitness the evening Ganga Arti; one of the five rituals performed for the worship of sacred river Ganges
• Witness the rituals performed by local Brahmins and sadhus, devotees walking down to the Ghats to offer their prayers to the Mother Ganges.
• Overnight at Hotel in Varanasi
• Breakfast and Dinner provided(B+D)

DAY 4: 27th Dec 2018 VARANASI - SARNATH

• After breakfast enjoy a boat ride along the sacred river and bask in the stunning sceneries of the city and its vibrant cityscapes
• Explore the Sarnath; an important Buddhist pilgrim spot, where Buddha made his first sermon after getting enlightenment.
• Visit Temples, stupas and monuments, famous tourist attraction and pilgrim spots.
• Listen to heartwarming stories of the around famous temples, these stories will help you understand the Sarnath and the life here.
• Overnight at Hotel in Varanasi

DAY 5: 28th Dec 2019VARANASI - BODHGAYA

• After Breakfast drive to Bodhgaya
• Check into Bodhagaya hotel
• Overnight at Hotel in Bodhgaya
• Breakfast and Dinner provided(B+D)

DAY 6: 29th Dec 2019 BODHGAYA

• Morning starts at 6:00am with brewing cup of Tibetan medicinal herbal tea, followed by guided meditation for 45 min
• After Breakfast walking tour or circumambulation of Mahabodhi Temple.
• After Lunch introduction on Buddhism by Geshe la followed by tea break.
• Overnight at Hotel in Bodhgaya
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided(B+L+D)

• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided(B+L+D)

DAY 7-9: 30th Dec 2019 – 1ST Jan 2020 RETRAT IN BODHGAYA

6:45 – 7:15 Morning begins with a cup of cleansing Tibetan medicinal herbal tea
7:15 – 7:30 morning prayer
7:30 – 8:30 silent meditation in the meditation hall
8:30 – 10:00 breakfast
10:00 – 11:30 st study session
 led by the main teacher — Mr Geshe Chamba Tongyut
11:30 – 12:00 break
12:00 – 13:30 2nd study session 
led by Mr Geshe Chamba Tongyut
13:30 – 15:00 lunch
15:00 – 16:00 free time
16:00 – 18:00 walking meditation or circumambulation of Mahabodhi Temple.
18:00 – 19:00 Q&A with Mr Geshe Chamba Tongyut
19:00 – 20:00 dinner
20:00 free time for self-reflection, journaling, meditation and rest
lights off (Good night)
Overnight at Hotel in Bodhgaya
Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner provided(B+L+D)

DAY 10: 2nd Jan 2019Bodhgaya relax day

• Full day relax and free day
• Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner provided(B+L+D)

DAY 11: 3rd Jan 2019Bodhgaya

• After Breakfast Pilgrimage by Cycle
Pilgrimage by Cycle is mainly a very short cycling tour around Bodhgaya area. By keeping the main motive of our tour, this cycling tour also exemplifies something peaceful but this time towards the environment we belong and the air we inhales. With this Eco-Friendly tour, we’ll roam around villages and monastery in Bodhgaya.
• Overnight at Hotel in Bodhgaya
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided(B+L+D)

DAY 12: 4th Jan 2019Bodhgaya – Nalanda- Rajgir – Patna

• After early breakfast drive to Nalanda and Velture peak.
• Offering of prayer flags which will be hung on the hill of velture peak accompanied by traditional rituals and offerings.
• Lunch at Restaurant at Nalanda
• Pilgrimage to Nalanda: Nalanda had a Buddhist Center of learning established in 450 BC, and was the largest University in the world during its era. The remains of the University is spread over 14 Acres and is located at a site about 88 kilometres south east of Patna. The University accommodated over 10,000 students and 2000 faculty at a time. Much about it were discovered from the writings of Chinese Traveller Hiuen Tsang.
• After pilgrimage drive to Patna (2 hours)
• Overnight at Hotel in Patna
• Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner provided(B+L+D)

DAY 13: 5th Jan 2019Patna-Delhi

• After breakfast drive to Patna and after noon flight from Patna to Delhi.
• After arrival check into hotel at Delhi
• Breakfast and dinner provided

DAY 14: 6th Jan 2019Delhi

• After breakfast drive to Patna airport and fly to Delhi.
• After arrival check into hotel at Delhi
• Breakfast and dinner provided

Late evening transfer to International airport

Departure & Return Location

Indira Gandhi International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Accommodation on Twin sharing basis as per listed above
  • 03 nights’ hotel accommodation in Delhi
  • 01 nights’ hotel accommodation in Varanasi
  • 05 nights’ hotel accommodation in Bodhgaya
  • 01 nights’ hotel accommodation in Patna
  • 10-Breakfast, 10-Lunch and 11 Dinner
  • Complementary Tibetan herbal tea
  • 01 mineral water bottles per person per day
  • Environment fee / Entry fee to all sites
  • All applicable present government taxes
  • Guidance of teacher for meditation and teaching in Bodhgaya
  • All the tour are escorted by Soulful Tour staff
  • Local Live guide at Varanasi, Sarnath, Nalanda
  • Guided cycling pilgrimage tour in Bodhgaya
  • Cushion for meditation and teaching
  • Complementary FM radio for teaching translation
  • Domestic flight ticket from Delhi to Varanasi & Patna to Delhi
  • All the local sightseeing tour and Airport pickup and Drop at Delhi by non- Ac car(As per itinerary )
  • Well maintenance bicycle with helmet for cycling pilgrimage in Bodhgaya

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 Kind of Personal Expenses, Optional Tours
  • Tips
  • 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
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Terry Van Gelder

Solo Traveller

When I first decided to travel to India, all I heard was it’s really complicated and hard to do. My experience was not this way because Soulful Tours guided me through the process and made my travel plans very easy and accommodating.
While in India, Tenzin (owner of Soulful Tours) greeted me at the airport in Bodhgaya and everything from there on out was amazing! Tenzin was amazing, he helped navigate everything, and his confidence made me feel really comfortable in country. The teachers, as well as Tenzin, brought along are also multi-lingual and very, very knowledgeable in matters of Tibetan Buddhism. My pilgrimage and tours was so amazing and so stress free, I will easily be using Soulful Tours again!! Highly recommended

March 14, 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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