Journey to Dalai Lama Teaching in Ladakh and Dharamsala

Tour cost: $ 2250 USD PER PERSON

Tour Date: 25th August – 7th September 2019

A 13-days tour featuring Dalai Lama’s teachings and Mindfulness retreat and pilgrimage tour to Ladakh and Dharamsala

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR:

  • Waking up to a brewing cup of Tibetan herbal tea.
  • Meditation to free oneself from disturbing mind.
  • Circumambulation of the Dalai Lama Temple.
  • Offering of prayer flags to spread the scripted sacred mantras to the space and to once family, to uplift once luck and others too
  • To Attend His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings onBuddhapalita’s Commentary on the Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way (drel-pa Buddhapalita)
  • Day time visit to Tsuglagkhang, Norbulingka Institute, Gutoe Monastery, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Tibetan House Parliament in exile,  Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute.
  • Recapitulate the daytime teachings followed by discussion.
  • Participate in Green Tara Puja at Nunnary,
  • Participation in Chod Prayer
  • Private consultation with Tibetan Amchi (Doctor) & Astrologer (Optional and own payment)
  • The legendary Golden Temple is actually just a small part of this huge gurdwara complex, known to Sikhs as Harmandir Sahib.

BRIEFING: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.

ACTIVITIES : We will keep our schedule relatively tentative to accommodate your immediate needs. However, we will still follow the program mentioned below.

DAY-TO-DAY SCHEDULE

DAY 1: 25th August 2019DELHI

• 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 can arrange the extra night.
• Dinner provided (D)

DAY 2: 26th Aug 2019DELHI – LEH BY FLIGHT (B+L+D)

• After an early breakfast, you are transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Ladakh. 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 teacher and your fellow travelers.
• Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner provided(B+L+D)

DAY 3: 27th Aug 2019LEH -SHAM VALLEY (B+L+D)

• 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.
• After breakfast drive to the sham valley, on the way visit to Alchi. This village 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.
• Later evening attends the private Green Tara Puja at nunnery 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
• Overnight stay at camp at Ulleytokpo .
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided(B+L+D)

DAY 4: 28th Aug 2019SHAM VALLEY (B+L+D)

• 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.
• After breakfast will travel to the town of Lamayuru, a spectacular 4-5 hour drive outside of Leh. Our journey weaves through remote mountain passes and deep river valleys that embed themselves eternally in your heart and mind. We will visit the local monastery
• We will climb to Lamayuru meditation center. Lamayuru meditation center is a beautiful valley where there’s small community of yogis, lived and practice a kind of tantric meditation that was practiced in ancient Tibet by great yogis like Milarepa, Naropa. Get a chance to meet and interact with Yogis and attend the Chod prayer lead by Yogis.
• Chod ritual is an esoteric tantric practice aiming at cutting your ego or attachment to your body by mental visualizing the offering of your body to all sentient being especially to the restless hungered creatures of the spirit world.
• Later we’ll have lunch at the retreat Centre with a typical local style.
• After lunch drive back to Leh.
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided(B+L+D)

DAY 5: 29th Aug 2019 SHAM VALLEY – LEH (B+L+D)

• Our morning starts with a brewin g 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 We begin our return journey to Leh by way of Alchi, an ancient Buddhist village tucked into the Indus River valley. The Alchi Gompa is considered one of the most ancient Buddhist sites in the region, dating back to 10th Century.
• You will have time to observe the comings and goings of the monastery as well as to browse for handicrafts.
• Lunch at Alchi
• After lunch drive back to Leh offers a spectacular setting for thought and reflection on our week’s journey and discoveries.
Overnight: Hotel, Leh
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner provided(B+L+D)

DAY 6: 30th Aug 2019 LEH (B+L+D)

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

DAY 7: 31st Aug 2019 LEH – DELHI BY FLIGHT (B+L+D)

• After early breakfast transfer to the airport and Fly to Delhi. Upon arrival check in to the hotel.
• Lunch at Hotel
• Relax at hotel
• Overnight stay at Hotel in Delhi.
• Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner provided(B+L+D)

DAY 8: 1st September 2019 DELHI-AMRITSAR -DHARAMSALA (B+L+D)

• Early Breakfast
• Drive to Delhi airport to fly to Amritsar Airport and after arrival drive to Dharamsala.About 5 hour 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 Lunch and Dinner provided(B+L+D)

Day 9: 2nd September 2019DHARAMSALA , MCLEOD GANJ (B+L+D)

• 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 and Dinner provided(B+D)

Day 10: 3rd September 2019DHARAMSALA , MCLEOD GANJ (B+L+D)

• 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 (B+L+D)

• 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 10: 5th September 2019DHARAMSALA , MCLEOD GANJ (B+L+D)

• 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 12: 6th September 2019DHARAMSALA , MCLEOD GANJ (B+L+D)

• 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 13: 7th September 2019DHARAMSALA – AMRITSAR – DELHI (B+L+D)

• 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)

For more detail please write email to contact@soulfultours.com

We wish you a safe, sound and enriching journey. Tashi Delek!