Encounters with the Buddha: A Pilgrim’s Footsteps through India and Nepal, with Lisa Ernst

Encounters with the Buddha:
A Pilgrim’s Footsteps through India and Nepal, with Lisa Ernst
November 2018

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This year’s tour with Lisa Ernst will be covering some new ground, traveling through the Himalayan foothills of India and Nepal. We will be spending some time with the exiled Tibetan community in Dharamsala, visiting the Buddha’s birthplace at Lumbini, having a short retreat in a mountain monastery, and exploring the ancient shrines of Kathmandu.

Along the way Lisa will be guiding meditation in various locations, and we will also be learning from local Buddhist practitioners as we visit monasteries, shrines and other points of interest.

This tour is open to anyone with an interest in Buddhism and meditation, from newcomers to dedicated practitioners.

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Group leader Lisa Ernst is a meditation teacher, visual artist and founder of One Dharma Nashville. She leads workshops and retreats throught the U.S. and teaches meditation internationally. She is a visiting teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre California.

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Encounters with the Buddha: A Pilgrim’s Footsteps through India and Nepal
With Lisa Ernst

Delhi – Dharamsala – Delhi – Gorakhpur – Lumbini – Kathmandu

Buddhist Tours to India

Itinerary:
DAY 1: SATURDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2018 – FLY TO DELHI

Fly from your home country to Delhi. Speak to Soul of India about best flight options.

DAY 2: SUNDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2018 – ARRIVE DELHI.

We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel to rest after the long journey.

Overnight in Ibis New Delhi Aerocity, New Delhi

DAY 3: MONDAY 5TH NOVEMBER 2018 – FLY DELHI TO DHARAMSALA

Morning transfer from hotel to airport to board SpiceJet flight SG-2468, departing Delhi at 10:55 and arriving at Dharamsala at 12:10. On arrival at Dharamsala we will transfer to hotel Chonor House, and in the afternoon walk the pilgrimage walk around the Dalai Lama’s residence.

Overnight in Chonor House, Dharamsala

DAY 4: TUESDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 2018 – EXPLORE DHARAMSALA

After our morning meditation with Lisa, we will explore Dharamsala, a town in the Himalayan foothills which is home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan community in exile. We will visit temples and monasteries, and have a talk on Tibet or Buddhism at the Tibetan Library.

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Overnight in Chonor House, Dharamsala

DAY 5: WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER 2018 – DHARAMSALA

Morning meditation with Lisa, and the rest of the day at leisure to rest or explore Dharamsala – a good place for shopping – at your own pace.

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Overnight in Chonor House, Dharamsala

DAY 6: THURSDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2018 – FLY DHARAMSALA TO DELHI, AND FLY DELHI TO GORAKHPUR

Early morning transfer from hotel to Dharamsala to board Air India flight AI-9814, departing Dharamsala at 08:40 and arriving at Delhi at 10:15. At Delhi we will board connecting SpiceJet flight SG-3273, departing Delhi at 14:35 and arriving at Gorakhpur at 16:10. On arrival at Gorakhpur we will transfer to Hotel Clarks Grand.

Overnight in Hotel Clarks Grand, Gorakhpur

DAY 7: FRIDAY 9TH NOVEMBER 2018 – DRIVE GORAKHPUR – LUMBINI

Today we will cross the border and enter Nepal by road. The total drive will be 125km in 3 – 4 hours, with a stop at the border to pass immigration. Our destination in Nepal is Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha, and today a major pilgrimage site for Buddhists with temples, shrines and stupas.

Overnight in Buddha Maya Hotel, Lumbini

DAY 8: SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER 2018 – EXPLORE LUMBINI

After morning meditation we will explore the surroundings of Lumbini, the ancient ruins of the Buddha’s birthplace and the myriad temples.

Overnight in Buddha Maya Hotel, Lumbini

DAY 9: SUNDAY 11TH NOVEMBER 2018 – LUMBINI

Morning meditation with Lisa and the rest of the day to explore Lumbini at your own pace. It is a spread-out area and the best way to get around is either by cycle rickshaw, or to rent your own bicycle for the day.

Overnight in Buddha Maya Hotel, Lumbini

DAY 10: MONDAY 12TH NOVEMBER 2018 – FLY LUMBINI TO KATHMANDU. DRIVE TO NEYDO TASHI CHOELING

Early morning transfer to nearby Bhairahawa Airport to board Buddha Air flight 852 departing Bhairahawa at 10:05 and arriving at Kathmandu at 10:40.

On arrival in Kathmandu, we will be heading immediately out of town for a couple of days retreat at a monastery in the mountains – it is a 20km drive to Neydo Tashi Choeling. Rest of day for retreat and exploring the monastery.

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Overnight in Guest House of Neydo Tashi Choeling Monastery

DAY 11: TUESDAY 13TH NOVEMBER 2018 – NEYDO TASHI CHOELING

A day for retreat, meditation and teachings at Neydo Tashi Choeling

Overnight in Guest House of Neydo Tashi Choeling Monastery

DAY 12: WEDNESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 2018 – NEYDO TASHI CHOELING TO KATHMANDU

We will check out of the monastery today and head off to explore Kathmandu. It’s a 20km drive to the city and check into Maya Manor Boutique Hotel, after which we will have a look around Durbar Square with its pagoda temples.

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Overnight in hotel in Maya Manor Boutique Hotel

DAY 13: THURSDAY 15TH NOVEMBER 2018 – KATHMANDU

Today we will explore some of the key Buddhist sites in Kathmandu including the magnificent stupas at Boudhanath and Swayambunath.

Overnight in hotel in Maya Manor Boutique Hotel

DAY 14: FRIDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 2018 – KATHMANDU

Final day at leisure to explore Kathmandu and do some last minute shopping.

Optional day hike in Nagarjun Forest.

Overnight in hotel in Maya Manor Boutique Hotel

DAY 15: SATURDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 2018 – KATHMANDU INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE

Transfer to airport for international departures. Speak to Soul of India for flight options.

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The cost per person sharing a twin or double room:
£2,440
Single room supplement:
£670
The cost includes:
  • 4 x internal flights (Delhi to Dharamsala, Dharamsala to Delhi, Delhi to Gorakhpur, and Bhairahawa to Kathmandu) as per itinerary in economy class.
  • Meals on Half Board basis (Breakfast and dinner).
  • Accommodation as per itinerary in a sharing twin or double room or single room with en-suite facilities (Check-in is 1400 hrs and checkout 12 noon. Early check-in late checkouts are subject to availability).
  • All arrival/departure transfers, long drives and sightseeing by a chauffeur driven private air-conditioned car or coach.
  • Services of a local English-speaking representative for all arrival and departure transfers to assist you at the airports.
  • Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to all monuments during sightseeing as specified in your itinerary.
  • Meditation and teaching from Lisa Ernst
  • Mineral water while travelling
The cost does not include:
  • International airfare.
  • India visa fee. You can now apply for visa on arrival in India- please click here for more information. https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
  • Lunches.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, beverages, gratuities etc.
  • Camera fees at monuments and other places of interest.
  • Travel Insurance: It is essential to have adequate travel insurance in place before your departure. This should be appropriate for your age, health and destination you are visiting.
Please ensure:
  • It includes comprehensive medical and repatriation cover
  • It provides cover for your whole trip
  • It covers you for all activities
  • It covers all your pre-existing medical conditions
  • Keep your Policy Number and Insurer’s 24-hour Emergency Number handy with you

If you wish to book this tour, please compete the booking form, sign and e-mail it to us. A non-refundable deposit of £400.00 per person is needed at the time of booking. Balance payments will be due 8 weeks before departure. You can make the deposit payment by debit card or electronic transfers to our bank. Our Bank details are on the booking form. Bookings are confirmed on first come first served basis. When the tour is full we will take about 5 additional names on the waiting list to replace their booking with any cancellations etc.

CONTACT US

To enquire or make a booking on this tour, please call: 020 8901 7630 Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 11am – 4pm

TESTIMONIALS:
“I cannot recommend this company enough. Safe to say India has got under our skin and into our hearts, and when we visit again we will definitely be booking with this company - if you are thinking of going I urge you to do the same.”- Gillian and Ashley Iredale
``The whole experience was great, the most relaxing day of the holiday was the cruise up the backwaters when the whole group experienced it together``- Margaret Fortune
``A whole variety of experiences- worship, culture, scenery, friendliness of the people & their hospitality``- Daphne Brindle
``Being in India and witnessing the faith that the people of India have, Hindus, Muslim or Christians, seeing with my own eyes the devotion the people have`` - Steve Breward