Pilgrimage to important Buddhist sites in India 16th Feb till 1st of Mar 2019

Pilgrimage to important Buddhist sites in India 16th Feb till 1st of Mar 2019

ANCIENT PATH, PRESENT MOMENT:
DISCOVERING THE ROOTS OF BUDDHISM & CULTIVATING THE HEART-MIND.
WITH MALCOLM HUXTER, FEBRUARY 2019

 

You are invited to join us on a 14-day pilgrimage to northern India to discover important sites in the life and teachings of the Buddha. We will visit the sites of his awakening, the first discourse, the place of his passing and more.

As we travel, Malcolm will provide short talks in relationship to the sites visited as well as guidance in Buddha Dharma and meditation.

With optional daily meditation and half day retreats, the tour will balance time to cultivate present moment self-understanding and serenity with the discovery of ancient Buddhism. All the teachings and meditations are optional – come along and do as much or as little as you like.

 

Malcolm Huxter began training in Buddhist meditation practices in the 1970s, and lived in Thailand as a Buddhist monk for two years. A practicing psychologist for over 27 years, Malcolm has been teaching Buddhist meditation since 1991, and is the author of “Healing the Heart and Mind with Mindfulness.”

For more information about Malcolm and for access to free downloads of guided meditations go to: www.malhuxter.com

Dana

In accordance with Buddhist traditions, Malcolm will provide instruction and teachings as an act of dana. Dana refers to the economy of generosity where Buddha dharma teachings are given freely.

 

ANCIENT PATH, PRESENT MOMENT:
DISCOVERING THE ROOTS OF BUDDHISM & CULTIVATING THE HEART-MIND.
WITH MALCOLM HUXTER, FEBRUARY 2019

Delhi – Patna – Nalanda & Rajgir – Bodhgaya – Varanasi – Kushinagar

ITINERARY:

DAY 1: SATURDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2019 – ARRIVE IN DELHI. OVERNIGHT IN DELHI.

Fly into Delhi. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the Red Fox Hotel– a hotel near the airport for convenience.

Overnight in Red Fox Hotel, New Delhi

DAY 2: SUNDAY 17TH FEBRUARY 2019 – FLY DELHI TO PATNA, DRIVE TO RAJGIR VIA NALANDA.

Fly Delhi (10:35) to Patna (12:00) and drive 100km (3 – 4 hours) in private coach to Rajgir, stopping en route at the 5th century Buddhist university of Nalanda.

At Rajgir check into to Hotel Indo Hokke, Rajgir.

Overnight in Hotel Indo Hokke, Rajgir

DAY 3: MONDAY 18TH FEBRUARY 2019: RAJGIR (VULTURE’S PEAK)

Morning meditation in the hotel’s prayer hall, before a guided tour of nearby Vulture Peak. Evening meditation/discussion in the hotel’s prayer hall.

Overnight in Hotel Indo Hokke, Rajgir

DAY 4: TUESDAY 19TH FEBRUARY 2019 – DRIVE RAJGIR TO BODHGAYA

Morning drive 70km (2-3 hours) in private coach from Rajgir to Bodhgaya . Check into the Royal Residency and spend the rest of afternoon/evening at leisure.

Overnight in Royal Residency, Bodhgaya

DAY 5: WEDNESDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 2019 – BODHGAYA.

Today we will explore Bodhgaya, visiting the Mahabodhi temple, the site of the Bodhi tree and the Buddha’s nirvana, and other temples.

Overnight in Royal Residency, Bodhgaya

DAY 6: THURSDAY 21ST FEBRUARY 2019 – BODHGAYA (RETREAT)

Retreat day at Bodhgaya

Overnight in Royal Residency, Bodhgaya

DAY 7: FRIDAY 22ND FEBRUARY 2019 – TRAIN FROM BODHGAYA TO VARANASI.

Afternoon train from Bodhgaya Gaya Junction “Mahabodhi Express” (14:20) to Mughalsarai Junction (17:30), a three-hour train journey, followed by a 20km drive to check into the hotel Palace on Ganges. The hotel is located in the old city of Varanasi, on the ghats of the river Ganges.

Overnight in Palace on Ganges, Varanasi.

DAY 8: SATURDAY 23RD FEBRUARY 2019 – VARANASI & SARNATH

Morning meditation on hotel rooftop, with a view of the Ganges. 14km drive to Sarnath, site of the Buddha’s first teaching.

Evening see the aarti prayer rituals on the banks of the Ganges.

Overnight in Palace on Ganges, Varanasi.

DAY 9: SUNDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2019 – VARANASI (LEISURE)

Wake up early for a dawn boat ride on the Ganges. Rest of the day at leisure to relax and explore Varanasi at your own pace.

Overnight in Palace on Ganges, Varanasi.

DAY 10: MONDAY 25TH FEBRUARY 2019 – DRIVE VARANASI TO KUSHINAGAR.

A long drive today in private coach from Varanasi to Kushinagar.  This 240km can take up to 8 hours depending on road conditions, so relax and take in the scenery.

At Kushinagar we will check into the Lotus Nikko Hotel.

Overnight in Lotus Nikko Hotel, Kushinagar

DAY 11: TUESDAY 26TH FEBRUARY – VISIT KUSHINAGAR.

Morning meditation either in the Thai Temple or in the hotel’s meditation hall. Visit Parinirvana Stupa, archaeological sites and temples.

Evening meditation/discussion in the hotel’s meditation hall.

Overnight in Lotus Nikko Hotel, Kushinagar

DAY 12: WEDNESDAY 27TH FEBRUARY – RETREAT DAY IN KUSHINAGAR.

A day for rest and retreat in Kushinagar.

Overnight in Lotus Nikko Hotel, Kushinagar

DAY 13: THURSDAY 28TH FEBRUARY – FLY KUSHINAGAR TO DELHI

Drive 45km to Gorakhpur Airport and fly from Gorakhpur (16:30) to Delhi (18:25) and transfer to the Red Fox Hotel near the airport.

The airport and hotel are on the outskirts of Delhi, but we can arrange transport for a final evening in the city.

Overnight in Red Fox Hotel, New Delhi

DAY 14: FRIDAY 1ST MARCH – INTERNATIONAL DEPARTURE

Transfer to Delhi airport for international departure.

THE COST PER PERSON SHARING A TWIN OR DOUBLE ROOM:

£2,060 (GBP)

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT:

£550 (GBP)

THE COST INCLUDES:

  • Internal flights from Delhi to Patna and Gorakhpur to Delhi 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 and railway station.
  • Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.
  • Train tickets reservations from Gaya to Mughalsarai as per itinerary in 2-Tier AC Class.
  • Entrance fees to all monuments during sightseeing as specified in your itinerary.
  • Mineral water while traveling
  • Escort guide from Patna to Gorakhpur (days 2 to 13)

THE COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Malcolm Huxter will provide meditation guidance & Dharma teaching on a dana (generosity) basis. You can choose to reciprocate the generosity, if you wish, with direct payment to Malcolm on completion of the tour
  • International flights
  • 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 not mentioned above
  • 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 contact us for a booking form. 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.

CONTACT SOUL OF INDIA 

To enquire or make a booking on this tour, please call: +44 (0)20 8901 7630 Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 11am – 4pm (London time zone)

or follow this link:  Soul of India Malcolm Huxter’s Buddhist pilgrimage