India: Wisdom Adventures Explores the Dharma

Departures: India

WISDOM ADVENTURES: EXPLORING THE DHARMA IN INDIA

This special Wisdom Adventure will provide a rare opportunity to attend 3-4 days of teachings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at his main temple in Dharamsala, India. Our journey starts with a short stay in Delhi then on to Dharamsala. In addition to attending the inspiring teachings with His Holiness, we will explore other sacred sites in Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj in Himachal Pradesh. From Dharamsala, we head to Amritsar, home of the Golden Temple, regarded as the most sacred pilgrimage site for Sikhs from around the world. Joel and Michelle Levey will provide daily meditation guidance and teachings, drawing insight and inspiration from over 50 years of their personal study and practice of the Dharma and the wisdom traditions of India.

Beneficiary

We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit the communities we visit. This trip we will donate to Tibetan Nuns Project, an NGO that educates and empowers nuns of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in India as teachers and leaders and works to establish, strengthen, and support educational institutions to preserve the Tibetan religion and culture.

Pricing

Starting at $3990*

For more information and to get started, contact us at How to Book.

Itinerary

August 31 – September 10, 2019

Day 1

Arrive Delhi

Arrive Delhi according to your flight details. After clearing customs, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Enjoy a meal at your hotel before heading out to explore Delhi with your guide in the late afternoon. Head to Lodi Gardens, where you can wander the grounds, taking in the ancient moghul tombs, with time for a short meditation.

Later that evening, enjoy a stop at Dilli Haat, a local arts and crafts market where artisans from different regions of India are featured on a rotating basis.

Day 2

DELHI

Start the day in New Delhi. Drive through Lutyen’s Delhi, up to the Presidential Palace and down the impressive boulevard that runs from Rashtrapati Bhawan to India Gate. Later visit the Sunder Nursery Near Humayun’s Tomb. The last stop of the day is Jantar Mantar. Representing the scientific advancement of ancient India, Jantar Mantar, a colloquial term that comes from the words yantra and mantra, is one of the five observatories that were constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur in 1724.

Day 3

DELHI—DHARAMSALA

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Dharamsala. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Situated between the Dhauladur and Kangra Mountain Ranges, Dharamshala is the gateway city to Mcleod Ganj, where you’ll find the residence of his Holiness the Dalai Lama as well as the seat of the Tibetan Government in Exile. Surrounded by soaring mountains, you may just feel like you’ve landed in Tibet.

Day 4 – 7

DHARAMSALA

The next few days will feature daily public teachings delivered by the Dalai Lama (morning only, dependent on his schedule). Afternoons can be used to explore the temple complex and the Mcleod Ganj area. One afternoon the group will enjoy a private session with a senior lama from Namgyal Monastery.

Important: The Dalai Lama publishes his teaching schedule far in advance of the dates. However, due to health and other matters, his Holiness may end up cancelling or shifting the dates. We cannot guarantee participation in his Holiness’s teachings.

Day 8

DHARAMSALA

Spend the last day in Dharamsala enjoying a hike up to Triund Point. Once at the top, enjoy a picnic lunch before heading down hill.

Rest of the day at leisure to explore the area on your own.

Day 9

DHARAMSALA—AMRITSAR

Morning departure for Amritsar by vehicle, stopping to explore Kangra Fort and enjoy lunch. Upon arrival in Amritsar, check into the hotel and relax. Evening aarti ceremony at the most important Hindu temple in the Punjab – the Durgiana temple.

Day 10

AMRITSAR

This morning, explore the most important Sikh temple in India – the Golden Temple. This is a busy place, where many people come to worship and also to eat – over 10,000 people are fed here daily.

Late afternoon witness a most unusual ceremony – the Wagah Border Ceremony – performed by the border guards from India and Pakistan.

Day 11

AMRITSAR—DELHI—HOME

Morning flight back to Delhi. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel and freshen up. As our last meal together we will enjoy an Indian cooking class with a local family. At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight homeward.

For pricing and hotel information, contact us at How to Book. The specifics of this itinerary are subject to change based on local conditions at the discretion of Ponte Travels.

• Rates shown are per person, double occupancy. Airfare not included.