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May holidays in the Himalayas: The Dalai Lama and the Roerichs

Tour dates: April 29 – May 10, 2024 (dates of stay in India).

Number of days: 12 days / 11 nights in India (no flight).

Where to: India.

Where to fly: To Delhi.

Visa: tourist single entry Indian visa, can be arranged online 4 days in advance.

Insurance: standard medical insurance for traveling abroad (optional).

Vaccinations: PCR test for covid-19 is NOT required, covid-19 vaccination is NOT required.

Cost of the tour: $1650.

Escort: The group is accompanied by a Russian guide-interpreter.

Organizer: Travellers’ Club “All Ways”.

About the journey:

It is a journey through ancient lost worlds: the Himalayan valley of Kulu, where the Roerichs lived and created, and Dharamsala, where the Dalai Lama XIV lives in the foothills of the Himalayas. Now the heart of Tibetan Buddhism, Dharamsala is a refuge” for thousands of refugees from Tibet who were unable to remain in their homeland because of the Chinese invasion. Thousands of people from all over the world come here for training and audiences with the Dalai Lama. Dharamsala is the strongest spiritual place at the foot of the Himalayas, it is New Tibet, it is the history of Tibetan Buddhism, monasteries and Gurus. And the endlessly beautiful nature of the Himalayas.

Kulu Valley (Kuluta, the Edge of the Earth) is a world of gods hidden in the mountains, combining the highest energy of life, able to discover the source of infinite power, to find its meaning to live on joyfully. The Roerichs lived and created here for 20 years, and their estate, which is open to visitors, is preserved.

It’s a journey to the present self. “You never really changed. You were just becoming more and more yourself. You were searching for the meaning of life, and as it turned out, you were on your way to being you. On the way, you were losing everything that wasn’t yours, that wasn’t imposed. You were remembering yourself.” Dalai Lama XIV.

Route

Delhi
Dharamsala
Triund Plateau
Kangra Valley
Dharamsala
Manali
Naggar
Lahul Valley
The sacred Prashar Lake
Naggar
Delhi

Natalia.
For the last 6 years he has been living in the Himalayan Kulu Valley, in the city of Manali. Works as a tour guide in India.
Associate of the International Roerich Memorial Trust in the Himalayas in 2019-2022.

 

Travel program

Day 1. April 29. Dharamsala City, Dalai Lama’s Palace.

Arrival in Delhi. Delhi to Dharamsala domestic flight at 09:40.
Travel time is 1:30 hrs.
The time from the hotel to the airport is 1 hour.
We are accommodated in a hotel in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh.
After rest and breakfast, we will take a sightseeing tour of McLeod Ganj, the central district of Dharamsala. There are many shops where you can buy Tibetan souvenirs, rosaries, jewelry.
We will have lunch at a Tibetan cuisine restaurant.
We will visit the Dalai Lama’s Palace and take a ritual circumambulation (kora) around the Palace.
Tonight we’ll watch the monks debate in the Palace. Debate is a form of teaching in Buddhism that is very active and entertaining.
Dinner

 

Day 2. April 30. City of Dharamsala

Breakfast.
Today we will visit Men-Tsee-Khang Tibetan Medicine Center, consult with doctors (pulse diagnosis) and get recommendations. If a repeat visit is necessary – we will return at the end of the Dharamsala program.
If you wish, you can get a consultation with a Tibetan astrologer at Men-Tsee-Khang.
Go to the Dalai Lama’s library, which houses manuscripts smuggled out of Tibet from the 10th to 16th centuries.
Lunch.
We will visit a beautiful museum of preserved ancient Tibetan artifacts in the library and a modern interactive museum of Tibetan history.
Nearby is the Nechung Temple, where the official oracle of the Dalai Lama resides. Here we can write down the names of loved ones and the monks will pray for them at the puja (temple service).
In the evening, we will take part in a puja at Nechung Temple.
Dinner.

 

Day 3. May 1. Triund Plateau.

Breakfast.
Today we have a hike to the Triund Plateau – trekking to an elevation of 2850 meters, which offers stunning views of the Kangra Valley below and three snow-capped peaks. The hike is long, up stone steps, but not very strenuous – it takes 3 to 4 hours up and about 3 hours down. We go necessarily in sneakers (or, if desired, in trekking boots).
On the way we meet several cafes, there is a place to rest and drink tea.
If you wish, you can stay in the cafe and admire the views while waiting for those walking up to the plateau.
Dinner.


Day 4. May 2. Kangra Valley. The Dalai Lama’s residence.

Breakfast
Today we drive to the beautiful Kangra Valley.
We will visit the Dalai Lama ‘s summer residenceNorbulinka Traditional Tibetan Art Center. It is set up as a place where the traditions of Tibet are preserved. It is a picturesque park with a beautiful working Buddhist temple in the center.
Here you can watch the process of creating works of art and buy them: tanks, clothes, woodwork. Some guests come specifically to take a course in woodworking, creating mandalas in Tibetan style.
Architecturally, Norbulinka is built in the form of a figure of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. We start our journey at the feet where the doll museum and workshops are housed and end at the temple at its head.
After lunch we will drive to the largest fort in the Himalayas, whose history dates back to the 5th century BC. – admire the ancient walls and stunning views of the Kangra Valley.
Dinner in Dharamsala.

 


Day 5. May 3.

Breakfast.
We have some free time today.
You can walk around Dharamsala, meditate in the Palace, take another bark around the Palace, ride the cable car to lower Dharamsala, buy Tibetan jewelry and clothes, revisit the Tibetan Medicine Center and adjust further treatment.


Day 6. May 4. Manali City, Kulu Valley. Manu and Hadimba temples,

Today we have an early transfer to the city of Manali on a beautiful mountain road.
Breakfast is on the way.
Accommodation in a cottage in Manali, Kulu Valley.
After resting we will take a sightseeing tour of Manali with a visit to the ancient temples of Manu and Khadimba, the patrons of the valley.
We will take a walk around the main square of the city, we will be able to buy Himalayan shawls, jewelry, Buddhist bells.
Lunch.
We will warm up in the therapeutic hot radon springs.
Dinner.
After dinner, an overview lecture on the Roerich family and their spiritual legacy.


Day 7. May 5. Naggar city, the residence of the Roerichs and the Rajah’s Palace.

Breakfast.
Today we will go to Naggar to the Roerich residence:
We will take a tour of the Uruswati Memorial Residence and Institute.
Lunch in Naggar.
We will visit the Raja’s Palace Naggar Castle and the symbol of Naggar, the Hindu temple Tripurasundari.
Dinner.
After dinner, an overview lecture on the culture and ethnography of the Kulu Valley.

 

Day 8. May 6. Lahul Valley.

Breakfast.
We drive to the beautiful protected valley of Lahul, where great Yogis and Yoginis meditated. We will ascend to the Buddhist temple Shashur at an altitude of 3000 meters, where the Roerichs worked.
Lunch in Lahaul.
Upon our return, we will be treated to dinner and an overview lecture on Hinduism.

 

Day 9. May 7. The sacred Prashar Lake.

Breakfast.
We drive along a beautiful serpentine road to the sacred lake Prashar, which is located at an altitude of 2700 meters. All the gods of the Kulu valley worship the god Prashar, who “lives” in a temple on the shore of the lake. They say if you walk around the lake three times, you can change your destiny.
Lunch is on the way.
Return to the Kulu Valley.
Dinner.

 

Day 10. May 8. Krishna and Giri temples.

Breakfast.
Today is dedicated to the Krishna Temple in Naggar.
A special puja (temple service) for health, safety and prosperity will be performed for our group.
Lunch in Naggar.
After lunch we will visit another protected ancient temple of Jiri, near which there is a healing spring. The water from the spring cures skin diseases and gives strength.
Dinner.


Day 11. May 9. Transfer to Delhi.

Today we bid farewell to the Kulu Valley and head to Delhi.
You can choose the option convenient for you: go by car (4-5 people), on a comfortable night bus (then it is necessary to leave in the evening on May 8) or take a domestic flight.

Day 12. May 10.

Departure home (or departure home the next day, depends on the flight).

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Cost of travel

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$1650

The price includes:
– Participation in all program activities.
– Hotel accommodations in a twin room ($300 single supplement).
– Transportation during the trip from April 29 to May 9.
– all admission tickets.
– First aid kit.
– Information and organizational support.
– All excursions with a Russian-speaking guide.
– Assistance with e-visa processing.

Not included in the price:
– Airfare to and from Delhi.
– A domestic flight from Delhi to Dharamsala on April 29 is about $100.
– Transportation Manali – Delhi on May 09 at your choice:
1. car: 250 $ for 4-5 people (travel time 12-14 hours, arrives at the airport to the flight).
2. overnight bus: $30 per 1 person (travel time 12 hours, arrives in Delhi early morning on May 9).
3, domestic flight Kulu-Delhi $300 ticket (travel time 2 hours, arriving in Delhi early morning on May 9).
4, car to Chandigarh airport $210 for 4-5 people (travel time 6 hours). Domestic flight Chandigarh-Delhi $120 (travel time 1 hour, many flights, you can arrive in time for your international flight).
– Visa with our processing (e-visa for 30 days), done in 48 hours, : for 1 month 55$, for 1 year 70$, for 5 years 115$.
– Health Insurance.
– Meals during the trip are $25 per day.

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