IND – 13 Buddhism Tour

Sikkim is the second smallest and least populous state of India, nestled in the Himalayas. The thumb-shaped state is characterized by wholly mountainous terrain. Almost the entire state is hilly, with an elevation ranging from 280 metres (920 ft) to 8,585 metres (28,000 ft). Kangchenjunga is the highest mountain point of Sikkim, it is also the third highest in World. Sikkim is always attracts visitors with its natural beauty. Its legendry mountains, landscape and monasteries are famous for tourist’s point of view. There have several magical mountain lakes.

Featured Pictures (Sikkim & Darjeeling)

Brief Itinerary

Day

Activities

01 Arrival in Bhadrapur/Bagdogra and transfer to Gangtok
02 Guided tour of Rumtek Monastery. Lecture/Meditation.
03 Drive to Gangtok. Guided tour of Institute of Tibetology. Lecture/talk.
04 Drive to Darjeeling
05 Spend day at Druk Thubten Sanga Choling Monastery, Dali, Darjeeling
06 Full day local sightseeing.
07 Departure Transfer

Day 01:

Arrival in Bhadrapur/Bagdogra and transfer to Gangtok
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02:

Guided tour of Rumtek Monastery. Lecture/Meditation.
Visit world famous Rumtek Monastery. It is known as the world’s richest monastery and is home to the community of monks and where they perform the rituals and practices of the Karma Kagyulineage. A Golden Stupa contains the relics of the 16th Karmapa. Opposite that building is a college, Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03:

Drive to Gangtok. Guided tour of Institute of Tibetology. Lecture/talk.
The foundation stone of Namgyal Institute of Tibetology was reposed by the fourteenth Dalai Lama on 10 February 1957. The late Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru has declared it open on 1 October 1958. It is a hoarded wealth of huge collection of rare Lepcha, Sanskrit and Tibetan manuscripts, ancient statues, and Thankas, which is colourful tapestries exploited in the Buddhist liturgy. Besides an appealing museum, the institute consists of more than 200 Buddhist icons and many other treasured objects of art.

Presently, the institute is the famous worldwide centre for study of Buddhist philosophy and religion. The construction work of the institute is a noble memorial and an excellent example of the architecture of Sikkim.
Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04:

Drive to Darjeeling
Morning drive to Darjeeling (95 Kms/2 hrs) and check in at the hotel. Rest of the afternoon is left free for independent activities.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 05: Spend day at Druk Thubten Sanga Choling Monastery, Dali, Darjeeling
Visit Druk Thubten Sangag Choling Monastery. The eleventh Gyalwang Drukchen Tenzin Khenrab Gelek Wangpo passed away in 1960 leavng His Ennence Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche as regent of the Drukpa Kargyud Lineage. Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche's compassion, love and his fame as a concerned teacher spread. He started building Druk Thubten Sangag Choling Monastery at Dali, Darjeeling in 1971. Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche stressed that the sole aim of this monastery was to preserve the precious Dharma, the Tibetan culture and its traditions. The newly constructed complex of the monastery was inaugurated by His Holiness The Dalai Lama in 1993, where he gave 3 days of religious teachings. It is the only monastery in the eastern side to have disciples and monks from the Himalayan region. At present there are 210 monks.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06: Full day local sightseeing.
An early start (as early as 4am) is recommended for the visit to Tiger Hill, situated around 11 km from Darjeeling. It takes about an hour to reach this miniature plateau from which to view the sun's first rays breaking over mighty Kanchenjunga (8586m) and Mount Everest further into the distance (weather permits). Later, visit Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop .

Ghoom Monastery or Ghoom Monastery is the popular name of Yiga Choeling Monastery located at Ghoom. It is 8 km far from Darjeeling city centre. The monastery follows the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. There is a 15-feet high statue of "Maitreya Buddha" (Coming Buddha) in the monastery. It contains images of Buddha’s disciples, Chenrezi and Chongapa.
The Batasia Loop is a spiral railway created to lower the gradient of ascent of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. There is also a memorial to the Gorkha soldiers of the Indian Army who sacrificed their lives after the Indian Independence in 1947.[1]. From the Batasia Loop one can get a panoramic view of Darjeeling town with the Kanchenjunga and other snowy mountains in the back-drop.

At the end of the day, visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute & Zoo and Tibetan Self Help Center. Back to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07: Departure Transfer
 

Note: Airfare, taxes and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

Cost Include
- All necessary airport transfers
- Twin sharing accommodation on breakfast basis in hotels
- All sightseeing with English speaking local guide
- All activities & excursions as per itinerary
- Monument Entrance fee.
- All Applicable surface transfer by private non AC vehicle
Cost Exclude
- Any international airfare and airport taxes
- India entry visa fees
- Insurance and Tips
- Bottled drinks
- Emergency/Rescue in any form
- Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Any cost arise due to flight cancellation, landslide, road blockage, political disturbance etc
- Any other arrangements not mentioned in the above cost include section
Trip Destinations
- Sikkim Tour
- Darjeeling / Sikkim / Kalimpong
- Buddhism Tour
- Darjeeling & Sikkim with Trek
 
 
 
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