Venerable Thupten Donyo, Director of the Delek Children's Foundation, is organizing Buddhist pilgrimage to India once a year. Ven. Donyo will be leading the pilgrimage with prayers.
Please note: during the tour we will be staying in 2 to 4 star hotels that are often fully booked during pilgrimage season between November - February. Our hotel names are listed in the itinerary below. Ven. Donyo will be traveling with the group to make sure our members and friends have a pleasant tour while in India and Nepal. While in Nepal, we will NOT be visiting Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, but will visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha which is located just near the border area inside Nepal. We will be flying two times, at the beginning and end of the tour, and traveling by charter bus the rest of the tour.
Joining the pilgrimage with Venerable Donyo will benefit by not only developing your spiritual path, but also in helping fund the Himalayan Children's Education. Ven. Donyo recently transferred the Directorship over the Gyuto Foundation, which he founded in 2000, to the main monastery in India, and is now dedicating his life to the Himalayan Children's Education and Healthcare Project.
A pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred place as an act of devotion and faith. Many enlightened beings have advised to visit the place where the Buddha was born, the place where the Buddha attained Enlightenment, the place where he preached the first teaching, and where he passed away into Mahaparinirvana.
During the pilgrimage we will visit the major holy sites of the Buddha such as: Lumbini - birthplace of Buddha, Kushinagar - where Buddha passed into Mahaparinirvana, Rajgir - where Buddha gave teachings on the Heart Sutra, Varanasi - where Buddha preached his first discourse, and finally Bodh Gaya - where Buddha attained enlightenment. We’ll also visit the Taj-Mahal, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Please see below for the complete list of sites and the corresponding itinerary.
A limited number of people will be accepted on join the pilgrimage. Interested members should contact Ven. Donyo for registration by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (510) 926-3050 Registration will be taken on a "first come, first serve" basis and is open to everyone. Registration is open now.
To register for the pilgrimage, please call or send email to Ven. Donyo to make sure there are still seats available. If there are seats available then you will need to send registration application with a photocopy of your passport for hotel reservation. Once you registered then you will need to send $500 deposit check payable to Delek Children's Foundation or DCF. (Please write pilgrimage on the memo line) and mail it to: 5600 Sutter Ave. Richmond, CA 94804 90 days before departure to ensure your place on the pilgrimage. Then full payment of the trip must be paid in full no later than 60 days before departure. Once you registered with deposit we'll send you the confirmation. However, without the deposit your registration will not be confirmed. Your deposit will be part of the payment.
If anyone wishes to join the pilgrimage from other states or other countries, they are welcome to do so. However, registration is still required and all participants.
We recommend to booked our flights through Third Eye www.thirdeyetravel.com and ask for Sonam at (510) 487-9010 or email@example.com and make sure that you are making reservation with Donyo's Group. Third Eye Travel has always been very helpful to our previous trips and they have helped us with successful pilgrimage in the past. If you fly with different airlines, please make sure that you must arrive in New Delhi on the same day according the schedule. If you arrive in Delhi before or after the group all the additional expenses will not be included in the package.
India and Nepal Visas
All members please apply for your Indian visa before you book your airline ticket unless you already obtained your Indian visa previously.
During the trip you will be sharing rooms that have twin beds. If you prefer not to share a room and prefer to have single accommodations, there will be an extra charge and reservations are subject to availability. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate. However, if no roommate is available you will be charged the single accommodation room rate. Therefore, we advise you to encourage your family and/or friends to join the pilgrimage so you can share a room with your family or friends. We will make the greatest effort to make you as comfortable as possible.
The total cost and travel dates for the Pilgrimage will be advised later in the future soon. All prices based on shared rooms, twin beds. If you would prefer a single room, there will be an additional $800 per person. Invite a family member or friend to join the pilgrimage. Interested members, please register below.Pilgrimage costs are based on a typical group size of at least 15 participants. Should this tour be under-subscribed, a surcharge of $100USD per person will apply. This surcharge will be added upon registration and will be removed once/if the threshold of 15 participants is reached. A minimum of 10 participants are necessary to operate this retreat.
Please note: There will be limited seats available and those seats will be available on a first come first serve basis.
Please note: All members please make sure that you are in good health in order to travel to India with group and free to walk about an hour each day.
Arrive Delhi Meet and assist on arrival at Delhi international airport and transfer to hotel. After breakfast or lunch, sightseeing of Delhi. Overnight at Delhi.
Lumbini + Lumbini – Sravasti
Morning visit Lumbini. Afternoon depart to Sravasti. Overnight at Sravasti.
Sravasti + Sravasti – Kushinagar
Morning visit Sravasti. Afternoon depart to Kushinagar. Overnight at Kushinagar.
Kushinagar + Kushinagar – Vaishali / Patna
Morning visit Kushinagar. Afternoon depart to Vaishali or Patna. Overnight at Patna or Vaishali.
Vaishali/Patna + Vaishali – Bodhgaya
Morning visit Vaishali. Afternoon depart to Bodhgaya. Overnight at Bodhgaya.
Morning visit to Mahabodhi temple, Sujata village and other international Temples. After lunch, visit to Mahakala cave. Overnight at Bodhgaya.
Bodhgaya (Rajghir & Nalanda)
After early breakfast, depart to Rajghir & Nalanda. Overnight at Bodhgaya.
Bodhgaya – Varanasi
After early breakfast, depart to Varanasi. After lunch, visit Sarnath. Overnight at Varanasi.
Varanasi – Delhi
After breakfast, depart to airport to board flight to Delhi. Overnight at Delhi.
Delhi – Agra – Delhi
Morning drive to Agra to visit Taj-Mahal. Evening return back and overnight at Delhi.
Days free for independent activities till departure transfer to international airport to board return flight home.
If you are interested to join Buddhist pilgrimage, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 926-3050