Sharminub Guru Yoga Retreat & Kagyu Monlam
With an Additional Visit to Sarnath, the Place of Buddha’s First Teaching
02 – 23 December 2019
In this complete Buddhist Pilgrimage package, the Sharminub Guru Yoga Retreat with Jigme Rinpoche and the Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya are combined with a visit to Sarnath, the place of Buddha’s first teaching.
It is widely known as one of the four key sites on the Buddhist pilgrimage circuit (along with Bodhgaya, Kushinagar, and Lumbini in Nepal).
Upon reaching Enlightenment in Bodhgaya, Buddha travelled to Sarnath. It is where he gave his first teaching in the deer park. This event is known to Buddhists as “The first turn of the wheel of Dharma.”
In the third century B.C., emperor Ashoka built magnificent stupas and monasteries here, as well as an engraved pillar. And in the year 640 A.D., the Chinese traveller, Xuan Zang, described this place as having a 100 meter high stupa and that 1500 monks were living here.
Eventually, the place was forgotten as Buddhism came to it’s decline in India, and it was rediscovered by British archaeologists in 1835.
Today, thousands of pilgrims from all over the world are attracted by it’s peaceful atmosphere and symbolic meaning.
02.12.2019 — Pick up from the KTM airport, transfer to the hotel
03.12.2019 — Sharminub — Guru Yoga retreat by Jigme Rinpoche — all day.
04.12.2019 — Sharminub — Guru Yoga retreat by Jigme Rinpoche in the morning — visit to Swayambhunath in the afternoon.
05.12.2019 — Sharminub — Guru Yoga retreat by Jigme Rinpoche — all day.
06.12.2019 — Sharminub — Guru Yoga retreat by Jigme Rinpoche in the morning — visit to Boudhanath in the afternoon.
07.12.2019 — Sharminub — Guru Yoga retreat by Jigme Rinpoche — all day.
08.12.2019 — Sharminub — Guru Yoga retreat by Jigme Rinpoche in the morning — Amitabha puja with Tsok in the afternoon.
09.12.2019 — Sharminub — Guru Yoga retreat by Jigme Rinpoche in the morning — afternoon free. Shopping or free time in Thamel.
10.12.2019 — Visits to Pharping: Guru Rinpoche and Ausura Cave.
11.12.2019 — Travel to Sarnath via Delhi.
12.12.2019 — Sightseeing in Sarnath, the place where Buddha gave his first teaching.
13.12.2019 — Transfer to Bodhgaya (by bus).
14.12.2019 — Full day visit to Rajgir, Nalanda. Return to Bodhgaya in the evening.
15.12.2019 — Commencement of the Kagyu Monlam – Beginning of the ceremony with Karmapa.
16.12.2019 — Kagyu Monlam — all day — at the Mahabodhi temple.
17.12.2019 — Kagyu Monlam — all day — at the Mahabodhi temple.
18.12.2019 — In the morning, visit of the Mahakala cave and Sujata. Kagyu Monlam at the afternoon.
19.12.2019 — Kagyu Monlam — all day — at the Mahabodhi temple.
20.12.2019 — Kagyu Monlam — all day — at the Mahabodhi temple.
21.12.2019 — Last day of the Kagyu Monlam at the Mahabodhi temple — including a Tshok puja.
22.12.2019 — Departure from the Gaya Airport, overnight stay in Delhi, if required.
23.12.2019 — Departure from Delhi, flight back.
Sharminub + Kagyu Monlam + Sarnath
- single supplement +€319
- Application Deadline: 1st October 2019
✓ All airport transfers plus pick-up from and drop-off to hotels
✓ Accommodation of nine nights in Kathmandu / two nights in Sarnath / one night in Delhi if needed / eight nights in Bodhgaya in a hotel as per itinerary
✓ All breakfasts in Kathmandu, Sarnath, and Bodhgaya
✓ All lunches during the retreat in Sharminub and sightseeing at Nepal (eight lunches, plus two tea breaks per day) as per itinerary. And all meals in Sarnath, at the highway and during sightseeing in Nalanda & Rajgir
✓ Each day transportation in Nepal according to the itinerary
✓ Tourist bus for a visit to Sarnath, Nalanda / Rajgir and Sujata / Mahakala Cave as per itinerary
✓ Entrance tickets to Swayambhunath and Boudhanath in Nepal
✓ Entrance tickets to Nalanda and Sujata temple in India
✓ English speaking guide during all tours and travel assistance if needed during the Sharminub Guru Yoga Retreat and the Kagyu Monlam
✓ One bottle of water per person per day
X Visas to Nepal & India
X Travel insurance
X Any meals in Delhi during transit
X Personal expenses
X Additional excursions
We are happy to assist you with the reservation of flights, travel insurance, and other organisational aids.