Buddhism & North India Religions

Buddhism & North India Religions

Trip Highlights

  • Amazing Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama
  • Visiting various important projects that improve the lives of local people
  • Tushita meditation centre
  • An extraordinary sunset at the Golden Temple in Armitsar
  • Chaotic and wonderful Delhi

Trip Summary

North India is a fascinating part of this diverse country. This itinerary towards the north will take you to three amazing places - Delhi, Dharmsala and Amritsar. Through out your stay you will visit many important community projects that have been established and learn the valuable impact they have on peoples lives. In Dharmsala you will be able to immerse yourself in the Buddhist studies of the Tibetan Exile communities as you take part in meditation and visit many sacred and important sites. In Amritsar your trip will end with a fabulous visit to a Sikh Ceremony as the sun sets.

Sample Itinerary

THIS IS JUST A SAMPLE ITINERARY. IT CAN BE TAILORED TO YOUR REQUIREMENTS. You will be met at Delhi international Airport and transferred to the YMCA in Delhi. A centrally located hotel with excellent facilities. Depending on the time you arrive you will have the afternoon to familiarize yourself with the area before meeting your guide and enjoying an evening meal in the hotel.

Meals:  D

After breakfast you will have a morning visit to education projects in the slum areas. In the afternoon there is an option to visit Qutub Minar the famous monument in Delhi. In the evening you will have dinner and discuss today's events and have a de-brief.

Meals:  B,D

After breakfast you will visit tha program where the focus is on the effects of poverty. In the afternoon there is an optional visit to the Red Fort. In the evening after dinner you will debrief and discuss the days events.

Meals:  B,D

After breakfast you will visit the a facility that assists people with leprosy, where the focus will be on the medical effects of poverty and social exclusion. In the afternoon you will visit the Raj Ghat -Gandhi's memorial museum before transferring to the train station for your train to Dharamsala departing at approximately 20.10. Meals are not included on the train, but there are many food sellers although it is advisable to purchase food before you get on board. Travelling on the railways is one of the great experiences of India, but is not luxurious. No bedding is supplied, so a thin sleep sheet is advsiable as it may be too hot for a sleeping bag.

Meals:  B

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred by coach to Dharamsala. After check in the rest of the afternoon is free time to familiarise yourself with this area.

Meals:  Nil

This morning you will visit the Tushita meditation centre from 09.15 -10.15. From there you will proceed to the Main temple, Government Offices and Library for further exploration and research into Buddhism studies. In the afternoon you will proceed on a Kora walk - a walk around the temple and residence of his Holiness the Dalai Lama. During your walk you should see Buddhist Monks and Nuns doing their prayer and chanting Hymns.In the evening you will have a group discussion about today's events.

Meals:  B

In the morning you will visit the Tushita Meditation centre again from 09.15 -10.15am. From here you will visit the wonderful Tenzin Palmo at DGL Convent.

Meals:  B

In the morning you will visit the Tushita Meditation centre again from 09.15 -10.15am. From there you will visit the Norbulinka and Thosamling Convent. In the evening you will have a discussion and de brief about today's visits.

Meals:  B

In the morning you will visit the Tushita Meditation centre again from 09.15 -10.15am. From here you will visit the Tibetan Children's Village School and further enhance your experience in Dharamsala. In the afternoon there is time to rest or go shopping. In the evening their will be a discussion and debrief about today's events.

Meals:  B

After breakfast you have a full day driving to Armritsar (approximately 7-8 hours) by coach. Depending on the time you arrive the evening is free time.

Meals:  B

Early morning you will have an Easter Service at the Church of North India. Afterwards you will proceed to the Golden Temple and Jallian Walla Bagh. In the afternoon there will be time to relax. In the evening you will return to the Golden Temple to witness the Sikh ceremony.

Meals:  B

Return to Delhi for your flight home.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 10 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • airport transfers
  • expert bilingual guide
  • group medical kit
  • hotel accommodation in Delhi at the YMCA on twin share basis with breakfast and dinner
  • hotel accommodation in Dharmsala at the Hotel Surya resort on twin share bed and breakfast basis
  • hotel accommodation in Amritsar at the Hotel Ritz on twin share basis with breakfast
  • AC deluxe bus for visits to the Hope Foundation projects Delhi
  • Overnight train from Delhi to Pathankot In JAmmu Mail 2nd AC sleeper class
  • Transfer from Dharamsala to Amritsar by coach
  • Sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary -excludes optional visits in Delhi to Red Fort and Qutub Minar
  • Two places for teachers free of charge on twin share basis

What's Not Included

  • Meals not stated
  • All beverages
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry etc
  • Tips
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Transport in Dharamsala for days 7 -10 (sites are within close walking distance)
  • Transport in the afternoon in Delhi on days 2-4 unless optional visits to Red Fort and Qutub Minar are requested, price to be confirmed.
  • International Airfare and Taxes

AT A GLANCE

Duration:12 Days
Countries:India
Starting Point:Delhi
Activities:Buddhist studies
Adventure Touring
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG3240