2019 Himalayan India Tour

March 7 - 

ITINERARY

Day 01 :  : LEAVE SFO ON AIR INDIA

Welcome to exotic India!  

 Day 02  : Delhi

Arrive in Delhi Airport where you will be met and transferred to Holiday Inn International 5*.  India's capital & a major gateway. Delhi is a contemporary and bustling metropolis which combines the ancient and the modern in this land of contrasts. Its strategic location is one of the prime reasons successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power.  New Delhi reflects the legacy of the British.  Overnight

 Day 03 :  Delhi-Dharamshala  McCleod Ganj

After breakfast transfer to Delhi airport to board flight for Dharamshala & transfer to Fortune Park Moksha Hotel.  In the afternoon, we will check out the local shops and temples.

Day 04:  Dharamshala and McLeod Ganj

After breakfast proceed for a half day sightseeing tour.  Set against the magnificent background of the towering Dhauladhar Ranges, Dharamshala lies perched up on the high slopes of the Kangra Valley.  This is the Dalai Lama's home in exile.  Vestiges of the raj such as the Church of St. John are available for viewing.  We will visit the Namgyal Monastery which houses the Center of Tibetan Studies.  McLeod Ganj known as Little Lhasa has a definite Tibetan aura. The Kangra Art Museum is a treasure trove of regional arts and crafts.

Day 05: Dharamshala and McLeod Ganj

After breakfast, a morning of leisure exploring the Temple or the shops and cafes.  Afternoon tour of points of interest in surrounding area.

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We will see hundreds of Tibetan lamas in their maroon robes.  Many visitors walk around the temple spinning the prayer wheels. This is a meditation in itself. Dharamshala sits at 4780 feet elevation and has a casual friendly atmosphere that reflects the personality of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.  He fled China in 1959 and has been protected by the Indian government since that time,

On 10 December 1989 the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The committee recognized his efforts in "the struggle of the liberation of Tibet and the efforts for a peaceful resolution instead of using violence."

There are many American and British ex-pats who follow the tenets of Tibetan Buddhism who have small cafes and shops in Dharamshala.

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Day 06 : Dharamshala - Bodhgaya (by air)

After breakfast fly to Gaya.  Transfer to Bodhgaya.   Evening free to walk around town.  Overnight Hotel Nikko.

Day 07:  Bodhgaya

Morning we will explore this ancient city where Siddhartha, the Buddha, received his enlightenment.  We will go to the Mahabodhi Temple Complex and sit under the Bohdi Tree and view the lake presented by the Dalai Lama.Inside the temple is a colossal image of the Buddha meditating.  The Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, showcases the Buddha's life and his journey to enlightenment. Later we will visit the Bodhgaya Archaeological Museum, which houses a small collection of Buddhist sculpture from 1st B.C. to 11th Century A.D.  Also, Sujata House dedicated to the Uruvela tribeswoman who offered food to the starving Siddhartha.  Overnight

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Day 08 : Bengal

After breakfast, transfer to Airport to board flight for overnight in Koltata.  

Day 09 : Kolkata (Calcutta)-

Overnight in Kolkata.  Arrive at Bagdogara Airport and drive to Kalimpong (3 hrs.) Evening for at leisure.

Day 10 : West Bengal - Kalimpong

After breakfast, city tour of Kalimpong. Visit Flower nurseries famous for Amaryllis lilies, anthriums, roses, gerberas, dahlias, orchids and cacti. See Zang Dog Palri Fo-Bang Monastery and enjoy a panoramic view of the town and surroundings.  Visit Tharpa Choling Monastery at Tirpai hill on route to Dr. Graham's home which belongs to Yellow Hat Lamas to which His Holiness belongs.  Enjoy Thongsa Gumpa monastary of Bhutanese origin, built around 1692.

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