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

Tour dates: April 29 – May 07, 2023 (dates of stay in India).

Number of days: 9 days / 8 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: $1,550.

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 to study and have an audience with the Dalai Lama. Dharamsala is the strongest spiritual place at the foot of the Himalayas, it is New Tibet.

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. We will take part in the opening of the Spring Festival at the Roerichs’ residence. The program includes a solemn Hindu puja at the samadhi site of Nikolai Konstantinovich Roerich, a festive concert and a scientific conference.

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.


Triund Plateau
Lahul Valley
The sacred Prashar Lake
Kulu Valley

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. Dharamsala City, Dalai Lama’s Palace.

Arrival in Delhi at 03:20. Domestic flight from Delhi to Dharamsala at 09:40.
Travel time 1:30 hrs
Time from hotel to airport 1 hour
We are accommodated in a hotel in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. Vacation
Walk around the city, kora (ritual circumambulation) around the Dalai Lama’s Palace.
Attend evening classes of Buddhist monks at the Dalai Lama’s Palace.
Introductory lecture on Buddhism


Day 2. City of Dharamsala

A day in Dharamsala:
– to ride the cable car over the city.
– visit the best Tibetan clinic Men-Tsee-Khang, get a doctor’s consultation and a course of treatment.
– to meditate at the Dalai Lama’s Palace.
– eat at Tibetan cuisine restaurants.
– to get to know the Tibetan community.


Day 3. Triund Plateau

Triund Plateau Trek – Trekking to an altitude of 2850 meters, which offers stunning views of the Kangra Valley and three snow-capped peaks.
Trek Lunch.
Return and dinner.


Day 4. The city of Manali, the ancient temples of Manu and Hadimba. Hot Springs.

Early transfer to Manali via a beautiful mountain road
Breakfast on the road
Cottage accommodation in Manali, Kulu Valley
Manali sightseeing tour with a visit to the ancient temples of Manu and Hadimba
Walking around the main square of the city, opportunity to buy Himalayan shawls, jewelry, Buddhist bells
Visit to therapeutic hot springs
An overview lecture on the Roerich family and their spiritual heritage.


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

Travel to Naggar to the residence of the Roerichs:
We will take part in the opening of the Spring Festival at the Roerichs’ residence.
The program includes a solemn Hindu puja at the site of the samadhi of Nicholas Konstantinovich Roerich, a festive concert and a scientific conference.
Tour of the memorial residence.
Lunch in Naggar.
Visit to the Raja’s Palace Naggar Castle.
Visit to the symbol of Naggar, the Hindu temple of Tripurasundari.
A survey lecture on Hinduism.


Day 6. Lahul Valley.

Drive to the beautiful protected Lahul Valley.
Visit to the Buddhist temple Shashur at an altitude of 3000 meters, where the Roerichs worked.
Lunch in Lahaul.
Return to Manali.
An overview lecture on Buddhism.


Day 7. The sacred Prashar Lake.

A trip to the sacred Prashar Lake. The altitude is 2700 meters.
Lunch is on the way.
Return to the valley.


Day 8. Krishna and Giri temples

Visit to Krishna Temple in Naggarh
A special puja for the group for health, safety and prosperity
Lunch in Naggar
Visit to Jiri Temple and healing spring in Naggarh


Day 9. Moving to Delhi

Departure to Delhi by car or daytime domestic flight to Delhi. Then fly home (or fly home the next day, depends on the flight).


Cost of travel



The price includes:
-Participation in all program activities.
-Breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
-Hotel accommodations in a double room ($200 single supplement).
-Transportation during the trip.
-All admission tickets.
-All excursions with a Russian-speaking guide.
-Help 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 around R8000.
-Transportation Manali to Delhi on May 7 (car, $100 – you can go together and divide by three).
-Visa (e-visa for 30 days), made in 48 hours, 5000 rubles.
-Medical insurance.