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: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html 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.
- You can register at Bodh Gaya during the teaching.
- 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 and what to take
His Holiness teaching and our retreat will takes place from early January, winter time when the weather is pleasantly dry, warm and sunny. During the day, the temperature is usually somewhere between 20-30ºC (68 to 86ºF), but early mornings and evenings it can drop as low as 4 or 5 ºC (40ºF). Bring layers of clothing to wear and a pair of new slippers or thick socks to wear at the Temple.
Make sure that your vaccinations are up-to-date, especially for Hepatitis. Bring an adequate supply of prescription medicines, over the counter medications such as ibuprofen and nutrient supplements if you use them. Have your doctor recommend a basic travel medical kit.
You should bring sun screen lotion, moisturizer, and lip balm and a good quality hand sanitizer, Pepto-Bismol tablets, sun hat, and oral rehydration sachets. You will be able to buy purified water for drinking, cleaning your teeth etc. A thermos bottle and a heating coil (with the proper adaptor) can be very handy, especially if you bring packets of instant soup or coffee or tea bags. The bottle and coil allow you to refresh in your hotel room.
Sleeping bags are recommended for those choosing a budget or middle price hotel, or a guest house.
You must have an FM radio with earphones to get a translation of the talks, rituals and other events in your language. Do not bring a device without earphones as you will disturb everyone around you.
Which kind of accommodation available in Bodhgaya ?
Their are available of Hotel and guest house in Bodhgaya.
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 flight ticket and accommodation in Bodhgaya and Delhi. 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 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.
Tour no 2: Mindfulness retreat tour to Bodhgaya. (11th JAN 2018 TO 20th JAN 2018) 11-day tour featuring Dalai Lama’s teachings, introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and Pilgrimage to Buddha path.
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