This summer, nestled in the Indian Himalayas, His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, is going to give the Kalachakra Teachings and Initiation and, during the teachings, there is also the opportunity to witness the Hemis Festival. This unique trip presents those who wish with two opportunities. Together, a group will arrive in India on July 4 and travel to Ladakh. There, they can participate in the Kalachakra Teachings, the Hemis Festival and see a bit of Leh and the surrounding area.

Those who wish can remain in Ladakh for the initiation and empowerment, flying home on July 15. A second group can leave Leh after the teachings on July 9 to explore Nubra and then head out via Alchi and Kargil to Srinagar in Kashmir. There they can explore the valley, stay on a houseboat, and wander the markets and old town. This second group will fly home on July 19.

Dates and Land Cost

Starting at $4895.00 per person (based on groups of four or more)

Dates: Friday, July 4 - Tuesday, July 15, 2014 (Teachings, Initiations, and Hemis Festival); Friday, July 4 - Saturday, July 19, 2014 (Teachings, Hemis Festival and Kashmir)

Please note: Custom dates and prices available

Trip Concepts

  • Religion and Pilgrimage Sites
  • Natural Healing and Traditional Medicine

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Itinerary At A Glance

Day 1 Arrive Delhi
Day 2 Fly Ladakh. PM visit to Shanti Stupa and Market
Day 3 AM Preliminary Kalachakra Teachings. PM visit to Stok
Day 4 Morning prayers at Thiksey and picnic breakfast. Full day at preliminary Kalachakra Teachings or visit Hemis for the Hemis Festival. PM visit to Leh Bazaar
Day 5 Visit Hemis for 2nd and final day of festival
Day 6 Full day at Teachings. Kalachakra Ritual Dance (Group 1) / Drive Nubra Valley. Visit sand dunes and camel ride (Group 2)
Day 7 Full day at teachings and first day of Kalachakra Initiation (Group 1) / Visit Diskit and Samstangling Monasgeries (Group 2)
Day 8 Full day at the Teachings and Initiation (Group 1) / Return to Leh via Kardung La (Group 2)
Day 9 Full day at the Teachings and Initiation (Group 1) / Drive to Alchi, via Likir and Basgo (Group 2)
Day 10 Full day at the Teachings and Initiation (Group 1) / Drive to Kargil via Lamayuru and Mulbek (Group 2)
Day 11 Full day at the Teachings and Initiation (Group 1) / Kargil to Srinagar, via Drass (Group 2)
Day 12 Transfer to airport and fly Delhi. Day room at the Oberoi Grand. Transfer to airport for late night flight home. (Group 1) / Explore Srinagar (Group 2)
Day 13 Visit Gulmarg with a special lunch (Group 2)
Day 14 Walking tour through old town. Visit Nishat Gardens and then boat ride through Dal Lake. (Group 2)
Day 15 AM cruise on the Jelum. PM visit to Andraab factory and time to explore shops. Evening Kashmiri Feast - Wasawan (Group 2)
Day 16 Transfer to airport and fly Delhi. Day room at the Oberoi Grand. Transfer to airport for late night flight home. (Group 2)

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