Pilgrimage to the Birthplace of the Buddha & Jungle Safari
Nov 6 to 15, 2020
(10 days / 9 nights)
Guides: Sisse Budolfsen & Alex d’Artois
$4845: Early Bird Special
We spend the first days in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal, exploring the Pharping Valley and its many sacred sites. We stay at a beautifully located Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Pharping and receive daily guided meditation sessions and introduction to Buddhist philosophy. From here we journey southward to the birthplace of the Buddha in Lumbini, near the border between India and Nepal. We pilgrimage in Lumbini for a few days, visiting the Buddha’s birthplace and the sacred sites of the area. We then journey 2-3 hours by road to a beautiful lodge near the Chitwan jungle. Here we can rest, swim in the pool, enjoy the amazing wildlife in the vicinity and the jungle surrounding us and go for walks with the elephants into the jungle. If we are lucky we will be able to spot rhinos, tigers, wild deer, birds and other wildlife. Upon our return to Kathmandu on day 8 & 9 we will stay in Boudha and visit both Boudha Stupa, as well as Swayambhu Stupa.
- 2 days accomodated in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Pharping.
- Jungle walk with elephants.
- 3 rest-days accomodated in a lodge with lovely pool.
- Introduction to Buddhist philosophy.
Accompanying Your Pilgrimage
Sisse Budolfsen & Alex d’Artois
Sisse Budolfsen & Alex d’Artois are the founders and co-directors of the specialised company called Himalayan Hermitage that offers authentic pilgrimage journeys throughout the Himalayas, namely to Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan (India to-be-added in 2019). Our expertise comes from merging Western and Eastern perspectives. We explore the hallmarks of Himalayan Buddhist cultures – philosophy, history and various cultivation practices, such as mindfulness, compassion and wisdom. With this we offer a unique introduction to the spiritual heritage of the Himalayan region through becoming pilgrims (rather than tourists) as we immerse ourselves experientially into the raw, powerful environments and uplifting cultures of the Himalayas.
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.
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. Night at the Tibetan Buddhist monastery guesthouse.
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.
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. Night at the hotel.
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.
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. Night at the lodge.
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. Night at the lodge.
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. Night at the lodge.
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.
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.
Day of departure. We provide transportation to the airport.
Package without airfare:
$4845/person: Early Bird Special
(in double occ.) if registration before May 1st, 2020.
(in double occ.)
Price based on a minimum of 6 participants.
Single room supplement: $583 / pers.
** Subject to availability – quantity limited
* All Prices are based on the exchange rate in effect on January 29th , 2020
THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES: 9 nights / 10 days | All accommodation, meals & transport in Nepal | Experienced guides & instructors | Flight from Kathmandu to Bharatpur (Lumbini) and jeep ride from Chitwan to Kathmandu | Jungle Safari & elephant walks while in the jungle | Healthy, vegetarian meals | Daily Dharma talks & introduction to meditation | Notebook for journaling during the journey | All taxes (including airport taxes and fees) | Compensation Fund for Customers of Travel Agents
THIS PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE: Travel insurance (see details on the next page) | International flight to Nepal | Visa required for Nepal (30 USD for 15 days / 50 USD for 30 days) | Alcoholic beverages throughout the pilgrimage | Personal tip to the local guides
Registration deadline : September 1st, 2020
or when the maximum of participants is reached
an additional cost could be applicable, after this date
Thank you for filling out the registration form and sending it to us with your 500$ check deposit, plus the cost of the travel insurance if needed. Please register as soon as possible as space is limited. Travel insurance is strongly recommended and needs to be paid at the time of initial payment. (non-refundable)
Number of participants
Minimum 6 – Maximum 15.
Valid passport is MANDATORY for all travellers and must be valid for a period of 6 months beyond the date of return from Nepal. A tourist visa is also required. For non-American passport holders, please refer to your Embassy.
For further information, please contact
(514) 374-7965, extension 207
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