Helpful Tips for Travelers planning to attend Dalai Lama Teaching in Bodhgaya 2018

Here are some tips for travelers planning to attend Dalai Lama teachings in Bodhgaya from 5th – 7th and 14th – 16th January 2018, His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s give teaching on Dharmachakra Parivaretan Sutra on The Four Noble Truths (chokyi khorlo korwe do) & Sutra on Dependent Origination(tendrel chi do) and Nagarjuna’s Commentary on Bodhicitta (jangchup semdrel)Gyalsey Thokme Sangpos’s Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva (laklen sodunma).

Bodhgaya is the sacred place where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment and also His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave 5 times  of  the Kalachakra teaching and Initiation in Bodhgaya.


Here are some useful tips and information for those planning to attend the Dalai Lama teaching in Bodhgaya  :

How to get Visa for INDIA  ?

The Government of India has taken necessary steps to help tourists by introducing the e-tourist visa scheme for foreign nationals who visit the country for a short duration. Interested individuals can apply for a visa online and have to carry a printout of the e-Tourist visa at the time of travel. Please visit the Indian govt site: to apply for the e-tourist visa.

When do you register for teaching in Bodhgaya ?                                                                  All the Pilgrims are required to register for Teaching. To obtain a pass and attend teachings, all pilgrims including Foreign national, Tibetans and Indians have to submit copies of their passports or identity cards.

  1. You can register at Bodh Gaya during the teaching.
  2. Kindly ensure that you bring your Passport (for foreigners), Passports or Aadhaar Card or Voter ID (for Indian/Himalayan region) and Green Book or RC (for Tibetan monks and nuns) along with your Registration Form at the registration counter at Bodh Gaya to collect your teaching ID card.

Fee for registration for Teaching?                                                                                          There is no registration fee for Kalachakra Bodhgaya event and the teachings are open to everyone.

Weather in January in Bodhgaya?
The weather in January is generally pleasant in Bodhgaya with average temperatures ranging from 17 – 23 degree Celsius. The nights might get a bit cold with temperatures dipping below 12 degrees, but good accommodation would help you in this

What are my stay options?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Due to regular tourist inflow in Bodhgaya, this place has good accommodation facilities with hotels and guest houses. You can find 2 star to 5 star hotels and the Guesthouses for food and stay in Bodhgaya.                                                                                                                                      However, you have to book your hotel much before the event as it is becomes really hard to find a good accommodation during the event. Guest houses and home-stays are good options for those on a budget.  Another option is to stay in one of Buddhist temple in Bodhgaya which offer lodgings for pilgrim. The organizing committee is will set up camps during the event, for which the information will be available at

Availability and quality of food?                                                                                          Though there are a few restaurants that serve non-Indian food such as Thai, Tibetan, Italian and so on, the cuisine in Bodh Gaya is predominantly North Indian. People who find Indian cuisine too spicy are advised to carry some quantity of food along with them.

What if you fall sick?                                                                                                            Healthcare in India is affordable and there are quite a few multi-specialty hospitals and healthcare centres in and around Bodh Gaya. Moreover, hospitals of excellent standards such as AIIMS, IGIMS and Ford are present in Patna, the capital city of Bihar, which is just over a 100 kilometres away from Bodh Gaya.

What kind of retreat tour package I should choose?

It is advisable to choose tour packages which include Delhi-Bodhgaya/Patna-Delhi air ticket. Please note that the prices of air tickets during peak season could shoot up the roof.

What do I need to carry during the ceremony?

You are advised to carry sun-screen and anti-UV creams, sunglasses, caps, water bottles, umbrellas, a mat to sit on the ground, ready-to-eat food such as cookies, an ID card and passport-size photos. Please remember that mobile phones are not permitted inside the premises.

Does Soulful Tours offer a Retreat and Pilgrimage tour packages?                                   Yes. Soulful Tours offers travel packages along with accommodation, food, travel assistance and tour guides. These packages are carefully designed to help travelers get the best out of Kalachakra teachings at most affordable prices. Please see our below retreat tour packages here:

Tour no 1: Mindfulness retreat tour to Bodhgaya. (11th JAN 2018 TO 21ST JAN 2018) 11-day tour featuring Dalai Lama’s teachings, introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and Pilgrimage to Buddha path.

More detail:

Tour no 2: Mindfulness Retreat in Bodhgaya. (03rd JAN 2018 To 8TH JAN 2018).              A 06-day tour featuring Dalai Lama’s teachings, guided meditation and introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.

For more information please write us at


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