Day 1: Meet in Delhi
Tour Old and New Delhi. Visit textiles bazaar. Optional yoga class.
Day 2: Delhi
Enjoy an interactive session with a monk at the Tibet House in Delhi for a brief talk/ explanation about Kalachakra teachings. We can also visit their museum that displays ritual objects, jewelry, costumes, household articles, thankhas and even ancient weapons.
Day 3-4: Varanasi
Tour the Ganges in a country boat at sunrise. Visit Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon. We join local Buddhists as they chant the words to Buddha's first sermon.
Day 5-10: BodhGaya
We shall tour Bodh Gaya in the mornings and attend the Avalakotieshvera Initiation (Chenresig Wangchen) teachings in the afternoons. Special events include: the Kalachakra Ritual Dance performed by the monks of Namgyal Monastery and a long life empowerment (tsewang) and ceremony offering prayers for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Day 11: Rajgir-Nalanda-Patna
In Rajgir, go to Vulture Peak, where the Buddha spent many years of his life and gave important teachings on the Prajnaparamita - “the heart of the perfection of understanding.” We visit Nalanda University, a renowned centre of Buddhist and Jain learning, founded i 5 BC.
Day 12: Vaishali-Kushinagar
Vaishali holds special significance among Buddhist followers as the place where Lord Buddha announced his impending Mahaparinirvana. Visit the magnificent Ashokan Pillar, with a single lion capital on the top. Made of a single red sandstone block, this pillar is a major attraction of Vaishali.
Kushinagar is the site of Lord Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana (where he left this mortal world.)
Day 13-14: Lumbini
As the historical birthplace of Gautama Siddhartha Buddha, Lumbini is one of the most important religious sites in the world for Buddists. The man, who would later achieve enlightenment under a Bodhi tree, inspiring a global philosophy of peace and reflection, was born under a Sal tree in Lumbini in the month of May in 563 BC. Lumbini is listed in the World Heritage Monument List by UNESCO.
Day 15-16: Sravasti-Lucknow
The Buddha passed the greater part of his monastic life in Savatthi. The site of Jetavana monastery is the main pilgrim destination, with meditation and chanting mainly done at the Gandhakuti (Buddha's hut) and the Anandabodhi tree. Buddhist monasteries from Thailand, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Tibet and China have been constructed at Sravasti.
Day 17: Delhi-Depart
Return to Delhi. Transfer to airport for flight home.