Pilgrimage to the Birthplace of the Buddha & Jungle Safari

Group of 6 persons and
more starting from (p.P)

‎USD 3936

Private tour for 2 persons
starting from (p.P.) : ‎USD 3936

Duration: 10 Days

SOME HIGHLIGHTS WITH Roundtrips.Global

  • Sit under the Bodhi tree
  • Walk side by side with elephants
  • Meditate in the morning
  • Do birdwatching from the pool

Day 1
Pharping

ARRIVAL & STAY AT A TIBETAN BUDDHIST MONESTARY IN PHARPING, KATHMANDU VALLEY (D)

Arrival and pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. We drive straight to a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Pharping, the South Western corner of the Kathmandu Valley. Here we have time to rest, go for a walk or enjoy the spectacular views over Kathmandu Valley. In the afternoon there will be an introduction to the pilgrimage by the Himalayan Hermitage facilitator.

Overnight: Pharping

Day 2
Pharping

STAY AT A TIBETAN BUDDHIST MONASTERY (B, L, D)

Morning meditation session followed by breakfast. We have our introduction session to Buddhist philosophy before lunch. After lunch and a rest, we hike through rice fields to visit the Asura cave and the self-arisen Tara in Pharping. Dinner and Meditation session. We spend the night at the Tibetan Buddhist monastery guesthouse.

Overnight: Pharping

Day 3
Lumbini

WE FLY TO LUMBINI (B, L, D)

In the morning we fly to Lumbini. After lunch we settle in at the hotel. In the evening we have a Dharma talk and introduction to Lumbini. Meditation session after dinner.

Overnight: Lumbini

Day 4
Lumbini

PILGRIMAGE TO THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE BUDDHA, LUMBINI (B, L, D)

Morning meditation session followed by breakfast. We spend the day visiting the Buddha’s birthplace and exploring the monasteries of the different Buddhist traditions. We move around on bicycle inside the inner area of Lumbini. Rest followed by dinner. Evening meditation.

Overnight: Lumbini

Day 5
Chitwan

WE JOURNEY TO THE THARU LODGE IN CHITWAN (B, L, D)

After breakfast we travel 2-3 hours by jeep to the beautiful Tharu Lodge. After lunch we can rest at the lodge or have a swim in the pool. Afternoon walk on the premises. Dinner and evening meditation.

Overnight: Chitwan

Day 6
Chitwan

STAY AT THE THARU LODGE (B, L, D)

Morning meditation practice & discussion. In the middle of the day it is possible to take a rest and a dip in the lovely pool. Evening jungle walk with the elephants. Evening meditation.

Overnight: Chitwan

Day 7
Chitwan

STAY AT THE THARU LODGE (B, L, D)

Morning meditation session. In the middle of the day it is possible to take a rest and a dip in the lovely pool. Evening jungle walk with the elephants and sundowner while they bathe. Evening meditation.

Overnight: Chitwan

Day 8
Boudha

WE RETURN TO KATHMANDU, OVERNIGHT IN BOUDHA (B, L, D)

After breakfast we return to Kathmandu by jeep which takes between 4-5 hours. Lunch, rest, and free time until dinner at a rooftop restaurant near the magnificent Boudha Stupa. Evening meditation.

Overnight: Boudha

Day 9
Boudha

WE SPEND THE DAY IN BOUDHA, EVENING AT THE SWAYAMBHU STUPA (B, L, D)

After breakfast we walk to Shechen Monastery. We have a meditation session in the meditation room of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters of our time. After lunch the group will have a closing circle with homemade chai in Swayambhu. Back to Boudha for dinner.

Overnight: Boudha

Day 10
Boudha

DEPARTURE (B)

Day of departure. We provide transportation to the airport.

Day 1 Pharping

Day 2 Pharping

Day 3 Lumbini

Day 4 Lumbini

Day 5 Chitwan

Day 6 Chitwan

Day 7 Chitwan

Day 8 Boudha

Day 9 Boudha

Day 10 Boudha

Map
Meals

9x Breakfast, 8x Lunch, 9x Dinner
VEGETARIAN MEALS

Transport

Private Car/Minivan

Guide

English Speaking (German Speaking on Request!)

Hotel

Guesthouses & Lodges

Remarks

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy & Meditation Practice

We receive daily introductory sessions in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and get to both learn about, as well as practicing meditation, according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The pilgrimage journey is set up in a way that allows for daily meditation practice time morning and evening. We will be introduced to the foundation of Shamatha meditation practice, a Sanskrit word that means calm abiding, or peaceful abiding that we will become familiar with during the pilgrimage journey. At the end of the pilgrimage journey, through familiarisation and practice we will be able to bring back home the meditation tools that we have learned throughout the journey.

TRAVEL DATES:

April 3 - 12, 2020

November 6 - 15, 2020

Inclusions
  • 9 nights in your chosen accomodation
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur (Lumbini) and jeep ride from Chitwan to Kathmandu
  • Meal as specified in itinerary
    (B = Breakfast, BR = Brunch, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
    ALL MEALS ARE VEGETARIAN MEALS
  • Activities and excursions according to itinerary


FOR EXAMPLE:

- Jungle Safari & elephant walks while in the jungle

- Daily Dharma talks & introduction to meditation

- Sit under the Bodhi tree in Lumbini where the Buddha himself sat some 2500 years ago 

- Meditate in the morning with the sounds of the jungle

- Do birdwatching from the pool at the eco-lodge at sunset 

- Notebook for journaling during the journey


  • Tours and excursions in mini buses/buses
    or with public transportation according to itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Admission fees according to itinerary

Exclusions
  • International flights
  • Meals other than mentioned in itinerary
  • Tours and Excursions other than mentioned in itinerary
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses and tips for driver/guides
  • Visa fees 

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