Your Tour Leaders:
Emma Billsberry (Lozang Drolma)
Lozang Drolma (Emma Billsberry) is originally from a small village in the English countryside. Emma met the Dharma in 2005 when volunteering at an FPMT centre in Australia, Chenrezig Institute. Within a few months she was ordained as Lozang Drolma and began her formal studies with the five year Buddhist Studies Program and became a registered FPMT teacher in 2012. She continued with two years of further Masters studies completing nine years of studies while living and serving in Chenrezig Nuns Community.
While at Chenrezig she assisted the spiritual program offered at Chenrezig leading meditations and pujas. She also regularly taught introductory courses and led retreats at Chenrezig a becoming well known for her natural warmth, kindness and wisdom.
In 2012 she assisted the Kopan November course as meditation leader. Since arriving in India in 2015 where she is learning Tibetan and has taught at Tushita Meditation center and Root Institute.
Currently Drolma resides in Dharamsala as a student at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics.
SHARON THRUPP has lived and worked in Dharamsala, India for the past 13 years. Sharon is passionate about India and is a Buddhist. She has led many pilgrimages through out India and Nepal including the Buddha’s Sites and South India. She is also involved in an Indian NGO which provides education and mentoring to underprivileged and marginalized school girls through the Indian Himalayan region.
She considers Australia as her home by birth but India as her home by heart. In her spare time, she does yoga and meditation on her roof top with the Himalayas as a backdrop and wanders the back roads of her home near Dharamsala.
27 Jan 2020
28 Jan 2020
After breakfast at the hotel, meet with Root Institute representative who will accompany you on your Pilgrimage. We spend the day in the sights and sounds of Delhi, including the National Museum which houses the Sacred Relics of Buddha (5th-4th century BC) which were discovered in Uttar Pradesh (a state of India). The relics are outstanding specimens of Buddhist Art and are illustrated through exhibits in a variety of materials and forms from the three principal Buddhist forms – Hinayana, Mahayana & Vajrayana.
If time permitting, visit other Delhi monuments including India Gate, Rajpath and Secretariat Buildings.
29 Jan 2020
Varanasi is the holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism and Jainism and played an important role in the development of Buddhism. This evening, participate in the breathtaking evening puja which accompanies sunset.
30 Jan 2020
Afterwards, we visit Dhamekh Stupa and other Buddhist ruins including Chaukhandi Stupa and Mulganda Kuti Vihar. The Dharmek Stupa is said to mark the exact spot of the Buddha’s first teaching of the Four Noble Truths. Return to Varanasi late afternoon. The evening is free to explore or rest at your leisure.
31 Jan 2020
Sravasti is where the Buddha spent many rainy seasons teaching to his disciples and spent the greater part of his monastic life.
1 Feb 2020
2 Feb 2020
3 Feb 2020
4 Feb 2020
On the way we visit Kesariya Stupa which was the venue where the Buddha delivered his Kalama Sutta. The Stupa has 5 large terraces which vary in shape and house a life like statue of Lord Buddha.
5 Feb 2020
Afternoon, we leave for Rajgir.
Rajgir was the lifetime of the Buddha and was the capital of the powerful Magadhan kingdom, ruled by the virtuous King Bimbisara.
6 Feb 2020
Vulture Peak Mountain is one of several sites frequented by the Buddha and his community of disciples for both training and retreat is the place where the Buddha gave sermons including the Heart Sutra. Late afternoon drive to Bodhgaya.
Overnight Root Institute, Bodhgaya
7 Feb 2020
8 Feb 2020
9 Feb 2020
Fully accompanied by representative of Root Institute
Met on arrival at Delhi International Airport
Accommodation with breakfast and dinner
Flight from Delhi to Varanasi
Private transport for all transfers and sightseeing as mentioned below
- Delhi airport pickup and drop off
- Sightseeing in Delhi
- Pickup Varanasi airport to hotel, sightseeing to Sarnath
- Car/Mini Bus from Varanasi – Sravasti – Kushinagar – Kesariya – Vaishali – Nalanda – Rajgir – Bodhgaya
All attractions and entrance fees as per itinerary
Boat Ride in Varanasi
Local guides in Delhi, Varanasi, Sarnath, Nalanda and Rajgir
Accompanied by local English speaking guide from Delhi to Bodhgaya
Airfares to and from India
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Lunch and dinner
Occasional optional items not identified in itinerary description
Tipping and personal expenses
Bottled water and other beverages not included with meals