His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Teaching in Mundgod, Tibetan Settlement, Karnataka, India.


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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Teaching in Mundgod - Pilgrimage Tour to Drepung & Gaden Monastery in Karnataka, India.

201 Tibet Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850

$4000.00 (Deposit $500.00 per person)

Namgyal Monastery office / office@namgyal.org or Call: 607-279-8805

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Teaching in Mundgod, Tibetan Settlement, Karnataka, India.


Namgyal Monastery institute of Buddhist Studies is pleased to announce the 2019 His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Teaching and Pilgrimage Tour begins with travel to New Delhi on December 10th 2019 and continues for 14 days until December 24, 2019. Pilgrims will be met at the airport and remain overnight in Delhi before beginning their travel.


Venerable Tenzin Choesang: Tour Manager.
At the age of 16 Venerable Tenzin Choesang became monk at Namgyal Monastery, the personal Monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. There he studied with Gen Lobsang Nyima, the 100th throne holder of Je Rinpoche (Lama Tsong-khapa).  After finishing his examination of Master of Buddhist Sutra and Tantra in the year 2000 the Abbot of Namgyal Monastery selected him to be the teacher of Namgyal Monastery students.  He taught Namgyal Monastery students both Sutra and Tantra for five years.  From 2002-2005 he held several positions within the monastery including education director. Tenzin Choesang has taught and studied at many places across India and around the world.  At present Venerable Tenzin Choesang is the President and Buddhist Chaplin at Cornell University.


Program summary:
On this journey we walk in the footsteps of the Buddha. We will walk slowly and softly, gaining wisdom with each step. This program, led by Venerable Tenzin Choesang of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies, in Ithaca.   We will follow the path of the Buddha with glimpses of the diverse cultures of India along with the Tibetan Culture. 


Drepung Monastery:

Drepung Monastery was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge Tashi Palden (1397–1449), one of Tsongkhapa's main disciples, and it was named after the sacred abode in South India of Shridhanyakataka.  Drepung was the principal seat of the Gelugpa school and it retained the premier place amongst the four great Gelugpa monasteries. The Ganden Phodrang (dga´ ldan pho brang) in Drepung was the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala. Drepung was known for the high standards of its academic study, and was called the Nalanda of Tibet, a reference to the great Buddhist monastic university of India

 According to local sources today the population at the monastery in Lhasa is about 300 monks, due to population capping enforced by the Chinese government. However, the institution has continued its tradition in exile with campuses in South India on land in Mundgod - Karnataka given to the Tibetan community in exile by Government of India. The monastery in India today houses over 5,000 celibate monks, with around 3,000 at Drepung Loseling and some 2,000 at Drepung Gomang. Hundreds of new monks are admitted each year.


Gaden Monastery:

Ganden Monastery was founded by Je Tsongkhapa Lozang-dragpa (1357–1419) in 1409. Tsongkhapa built Ganden's main temple, with large statues and three-dimensional mandalas. He often stayed at Ganden, and died there in 1419.

The name "Gelug" is an abbreviation of "Ganden Lug", meaning "Ganden Tradition".The Ganden Tripa or "throne-holder of Ganden" is the head of the Gelug school. Before dying Tsongkhapa gave his robe and staff to the first Ganden Tripa, Gyeltsabjey (1364-1432), who was succeeded by Kaydrubjey. The term of office is seven years.

The Ganden Monastery has been re-established in Mundgod Tibetan Settlement in Karnataka, India. This settlement of Tibetan refugees is the largest of its kind in India and was first established in 1966, from land donated by the Indian government. In the Tibetan settlement near Mundgod are the Ganden and the Drepung Monastery. In 1999 there were about 13,000 residents. The Tibetan settlement consists of nine camps with two monasteries and one nunnery. They established a credit bank for farms, an agricultural institute and a craft center. Modern technology and communication technology are being introduced. The curriculum of the Ganden Monastery remains similar to the teachings of the pre-1959 Ganden Monastery.


Important Information

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Mundgod Teaching and Pilgrimage Tour : Cost is $ 4,000.00. per person (Includes Room, Board and Internal Transportation in India) If one would like to take a single room there will be an extra $700.00

 The Price Includes: All lodging (double occupancy, all meals in India, all Internal Transportation, specific donations made by the group, and entrance fees to the monuments and historic sites on the itinerary.


The Price Does NOT Include: Air Ticket from USA to Delhi, Visa fees, airport taxes, miscellaneous transportation other than what is scheduled for the group, spending money, emergency evacuation insurance (required), travel insurance (recommended), expenses for meals that participants choose to purchase outside the scheduled meals, medicine, immunizations, personal tips, extra luggage fees, hotel laundry service, personal offerings at temples and monasteries, extended stay beyond the scheduled trip dates, changes to or extensions of air ticket, express mail delivery of air tickets.

Cancellation Policy: In the event that a participant cancels their tour and requests a refund, In the Steps of the Buddha Committee will consider a full or partial refund (less the $500 deposit) on an individual case-by-case basis. The $500.00 deposit is non-refundable.


Please read the following information carefully: All participants are advised to check with their health insurance carrier as to coverage abroad and for precautionary medical treatment for travel in India. Namgyal Monastery requires that all participants have both health coverage and emergency evacuation insurance for the duration of the trip. Travel insurance is also highly recommended. Although this program is designed to accommodate people of varying ages, please note that there will be periods of aerobic walking and stair climbing due to the design of some temples and the steep topography of certain areas. All participants are advised to see their health care provider well in advance to ensure that they are in good health at the onset of the trip. We also require that you inform both Namgyal Monastery and the program instructors of any chronic or acute health problems that might impact your travel in India.

Namgyal Monastery and the program instructors will take the utmost care and precaution in all stages of the planning and executing this program, but there is always the potential for physical dangers. Please be advised that we cannot always guarantee your safety, but we can assure you that your safety, comfort, and the quality of your experience are of paramount importance to us. Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies cannot be held accountable for any unforeseen occurrence that should happen while the tour is underway in India.

Travel in India always has its challenges, but it can be an exciting and enriching experience that can change your life. Please join us for this unique spiritual adventure, and experience for yourself the rich beauty and extraordinary wonders of India, the steps of the Buddha.


Important: You have to book your airline ticket by yourself based on this itinerary.

  • December 9th Leave from New York or else by flight to Delhi, India.
  • December 10th Arrive New Delhi – India - Check in Hotel
  • December 11th: After Breakfast: Students leave to Delhi Airport to board flight to Bombay /Hubli and drive to Mundgod - Check in at Hotel.
  • December 12th – His Holiness the Dalai Lama Arrival at Mundgod.
  • December 13th visit to Drepung Lhachi, Drepung Loseling Monastery, Drepung Gomang Monastery,Sakaya Monastery, Deyang and Rato Dratsang
  • December 14th Participate for inauguration of Drepung Gomang Monastery new courtyard in the Morning and afternoon attend a ceremony celebrating the marking of the 6years implementation phase of the Emory Tibetan Science Initiative.
  • December 15 to 17, 2019  His Holiness will give complete “ The Wheel of Teachings on Manjushri Empowerments ( Jamyang Choekhor) based on its proximal lineage that he began in Bodhgaya in December 2018.  The Venue will be at Drepung Monastery.
  • December 18th  - Rest
  • December 19th visit to Norbu Ri (For Sangsol and Tholing Monastery to see Ancient Artifacts, Gaden Lhachi, Gaden Jangtse Monastery, Gaden Shartse Monastery, Nyingma Monastery.
  • December 20th Morning His Holiness will give a one day teaching (Topic to be decided) at Gaden Monastery.
  • December 21, Morning - His Holiness will participate in the 600th anniversary celebration of Je Tsongkhapa in Gaden Monastery.
  • December 22, 2019 Morning -  His Holiness will attend the long life offering Prayer by several Monasteries at Gaden Lhachi. 
  • December 23, Morning leave to Hubli/Bombay to Delhi by flight – Check in Hotel
  • December 24, 2019 Depart to USA as per individual flight Schedule.


CHECKLIST: Below is a list to help you organize prior to travel:

  1. Roundtrip Airline Ticket(s): Please confirm flight details beforehand.
  2. Be sure to arrive to the airport at least three hours prior to departure.
  3. Valid Passport with Indian visa
  4. Photo Copy of Passport.
  5. Your passport, Air tickets and Money should be carried by you all times and never leave behind during entire trip.


December is good weather in India but gets cold in the morning and evening, we recommend.

  • Warm clothes.
  • Comfortable shoes that can cope with a lot of walking.
  • A small, light blanket can be very useful on the bus and Taxi.
  • Small camera and reliable alarm clock.
  • Hat and sunglasses. 
  • Basic first aid/medical needs.
  • Wet tissue papers
  • Small flash light.


Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies Tour Registration Form

* Please print out your name exactly like in the passport and send a copy of your valid passport together with this form.


First name_________________Last name____________________________________

Date of Birth______________________ Sex______ Email _______________________________



Social Security Number____________________ Phone (Reachable) _______________________

Deposit (non-refundable) _________, or Pay in full_________ Check #_______ Date paid__________

Balance amount _____________

Signature _________________________ Date __________________


Please complete and return to:

Namgyal Monastery

201 Tibet Drive,

Ithaca, NY 14850

The total package is 14 days for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Teaching in Mundgod and Pilgrimage Tour to Drepung  & Gaden Monastery.  To register you will need to complete the above form with a photocopy of your current passport and a $500.00 non-refundable deposit. Please make your check payable to: Namgyal Monastery. Please write Mundgod Teaching and Pilgrimage Tour in the memo. Once we receive your completed form and deposit, we will begin the registration process.


  • Protected Area Permit (PAP)

Please Note:  You are requested to fill the (PAP) form immediately and send it to below address as soon as possible. For taking further action from this office. 


Ngawang Dhondup

Namgyal Monastery Institute Buddhist Studies,

201 Tibet Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850             


Important General Information:

All the Tibetan settlements established in India are classified as Protected Areas by the Government of India. Foreign nationals, who wish to visit the Tibetan settlements in India for whatever reasons are required to take note of the following:

Protected Area Permit (PAP) is MANDATORY for visiting Tibetan Settlements in India.

Foreign nationals can apply for PAP through the Indian Missions in their respective countries simultaneously while applying entry visa for their visit to India. Foreign nationals can also apply for PAP directly from the Rehabilitation Section, Ministry of Home Affairs, NDCC Building II, Jai Singh Road, Opposite Jantar Mantar, New Delhi 110 001. Alternatively, the foreign nationals can route their application for Protected Area Permit through this Bureau.

 Documents required for applying Protected Area Permit:
◾2 copies of Filled-in Application Form, which is downloadable in your preferred format. (Click here pdf or word)
◾2 Copies of the applicant’s passport along with the Indian visa details, if received already.
◾A Recommendation or a Supporting Letter from the Tibetan Settlement Officer (Settlement where they plan to visit) or from the Administrator of the Monastery (they wish to visit).

 All above mentioned documents are required to send to Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, New Delhi either via email: rehab@tibetbureau.in or by post addressing to:


The Secretary
Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
10B, Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar IV
New Delhi 110024

Applicants applying for more than 4 applications are requested to send the required documents by post.  How long does it take to process PAP application?
At least 3 (three) months from the date when the application is lodged at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

Kindly note:
In order to process your PAP within stipulated time frame, applicants are required to send in complete required documents and duly filled PAP proforma well in advance.


From the net income: 25% will be donated to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s library and Museum  construction 25% will be donated to Aurora Street expenses in Ithaca and 25% will be donated as seed money for Kalachakra Ritual ceremony program and 25% will for Students housing loan payment.


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