His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Teaching in Bodhgaya and Pilgrimage Tour to Bodhagaya, Rajgir, Nalanda, Varanasi in India.


201 Tibet Drive, Ithaca, NY 14850

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Teaching in Bodhgaya and Pilgrimage Tour to Bodhagaya, Rajgir, Nalanda, Varanasi in India.

At Bodh Gaya

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 Bodhgaya and Pilgrimage Tour to Bodhagaya, Rajgir, Nalanda, Varanasi in India.


Namgyal Monastery institute of Buddhist Studies is pleased to announce the 2019 & 2020 His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Teaching and Pilgrimage Tour begins with travel to New Delhi on December 25th 2019 and continues for 14 days until January 9th 2020. Pilgrims will be met at the airport and remain overnight in Delhi before beginning their travel.

Please consider joining the Venerables of Namgyal Monastery-Ithaca on a remarkable excursion, one promising many insightful experiences and opportunities to learn about the practice of Buddhism in India and Indian, Tibetan culture.

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.


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 the way. 

Bodh Gaya is the place where the Buddha attained enlightenment. To the west of the temple is the Bodhi tree and sandstone seat where the Buddha is said to have sat when he reached his full enlightenment. It is the place which should be visited and seen by a person of devotion and which should cause awareness of the nature of impermanence. 

Rajgir is known as Vultures Peak, this is where the Buddha gave teachings on the Heart Sutra. The first Dharma council was also held here just after Buddha passed into Maha Parinirvana. 

Nalanda is home to the monastic Universities that became famous in the centuries following the Buddha’s passing away. Nalanda was a flourishing center of learning and for centuries was famous for its learned and versatile teachers. 

Varanasi is where Buddha preached his first discourse after attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya. Emperor Asoka built a Stupa here which stood at a height of about 150 feet tall, the impressive ruins of which can still be seen today.  we will join hundreds of Indian pilgrims sitting along India’s holiest river, the Ganga.  We aim to inspire a peaceful and reflective experience, opening the heart and mind through personal interaction between participants, teachers, and the Indian and Tibetan community.


Important Information

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Bodhgaya Teaching and Pilgrimage Tour : Cost is $ 4,000.00.


$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 yourself based on this itinerary.

December 25th 2019 Leave from New York or else by flight

December 26th Arrive New Delhi – Evening -  Check in Hotel

December 27st: After Breakfast: Students will leave to Delhi Airport to board flight to Patna and drive to Bodagaya and check in at Hotel.

Teaching in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India from;

December 28 & 29, 2019 Mornings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Shantideva’s A Guide to the Boddhisattva’s Way of life.

December 30th 2019 Morning: His Holiness will confer an Avalokiteshvera Initiation.

December 31st 2019 Morning: His Holiness will attend a Long Life offering Prayer given to him.

January 1st 2020 Break. – Rest.

January 2 & 3, 2020 Mornings: His Holiness will give teachings on The Wheel on Manjushri Empowerment.

January 4 Break - Rest

January 5, 6 & 7 Varanasi. After breakfast, daylong excursion to Saranath visiting Dharmek Stupa in Deer Park where Buddha has delivered his first sermon, and Buddhist Museum

January 8th  After breakfast, drive to Varanasi airport to board flight to Delhi -  Check-in hotel – OR If some has to leave on the same day to USA as per air ticket.

January 9th, 2020 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

 His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Teaching in Bodhgaya & Pilgrimage Tour to Bodhagaya, India.

Please complete and return to:

Namgyal Monastery

201 Tibet Drive,

Ithaca, NY 14850

The total package is 14days for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Teaching in Bodhagaya and Pilgrimage Tour to Bodhgaya and others in India.  To register you will need to complete the following 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 Bodhgaya Teaching &  Pilgrimage Tour in the memo. Once we receive your completed form and deposit, we will begin the registration process.

Please note: Official registration begins 22nd April 2019. We will process the registration material in the order of which it was received. The final payment must be made by no later than November 30th 2019 or you can pay in full.

* 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 __________________

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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