Pilgrimage to India & Nepal

Pilgrimage to India & Nepal

Walking with the Buddha

Walking with the Buddha

with Tempel Smith &

Tricycle: The Buddhist Review 

November 1–13, 2019

with Tempel Smith &

Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

November 1–13, 2019

Explore the circuit that the Buddha walked in his time, from Lumbini to Kushinagar and each important pilgrimage site in between.

This trip is sold out! We encourage you to join the wait list, though, for any potential openings on the 2019 journey or to get advance notice of 2020’s journey. Please complete the registration questions below to join the waitlist.

Trip at a Glance

  • November 1–13, 2019
  • Accompanied by Helen Tworkov, the founder of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review
  • Escorted by BJ Graf & Lauren Rathvon, owners of RetreaTours
  • Explore the iconic, transformative locations where the Buddha lived & taught
  • Limited to 20 pilgrims
  • Early bird price of $4999 (USD) per person (based on double occupancy)
    • Please see “Price & Inclusions” tab below for more details

There are four places that a pious person should visit and look upon with feelings of reverence, said the Buddha.

Lumbini is where the Tathagata was born.

Bodhgaya is where the Tathagata became fully enlightened in unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment.

Sarnath is where the Tathagata set rolling the unexcelled Wheel of the Dharma.

Kushinagar is where the Tathagata passed away into the state of Parinirvana in which no element of clinging remains.

These, Ananda, are the four places that a pious person should visit and look upon with feelings of reverence. And truly there will come to these places pious monks and nuns, and laymen and laywomen to reflect on the life of the Tathagata.

~paraphrased from Mahaparinibbana Sutta

Itinerary at a Glance

November 1   Arrive in New Delhi (overnight in New Delhi)

November 2  Fly to Varanasi (overnight in Varanasi)

November 3  Explore Varanasi, the holy city along the Ganges (overnight in Varanasi)

November 4  Visit Sarnath (overnight in Varanasi)

November 5  Drive to Bodh Gaya (overnight in Bodh Gaya)

November 6   Explore area around Bodh Gaya, including Mahakala caves & Sujata village (overnight in Bodh Gaya)

November 7   Free day in Bodh Gaya (overnight in Bodh Gaya)

November 8  Drive to Nalanda & Rajgir (overnight in Patna)

November 9   Explore Vaishali, drive to Kushinagar (overnight in Kushinagar) 

November 10   Drive to Lumbini, Nepal (overnight in Lumbini) 

November 11   Explore Lumbini & Nepal Kapilavastu  (overnight in Lumbini) 

November 12  Drive to Sravasti, India (via Piprahwa, Indian Kapilavastu)  (overnight in Sravasti)

November 13  Drive to Lucknow & fly back to New Delhi

 

Itinerary at a Glance

November 1   Arrive in New Delhi (overnight in New Delhi)

November 2  Fly to Varanasi (overnight in Varanasi)

November 3  Explore Varanasi, the holy city along the Ganges (overnight in Varanasi)

November 4  Visit Sarnath (overnight in Varanasi) 

November 5  Drive to Bodh Gaya (overnight in Bodh Gaya)

November 6   Explore area around Bodh Gaya, including Mahakala caves & Sujata village (overnight in Bodh Gaya)

November 7   Free day in Bodh Gaya (overnight in Bodh Gaya)

November 8  Drive to Nalanda & Rajgir (overnight in Patna)

November 9   Explore Vaishali, drive to Kushinagar (overnight in Kushinagar) 

November 10   Drive to Lumbini, Nepal (overnight in Lumbini) 

November 11   Explore Lumbini & Nepal Kapilavastu  (overnight in Lumbini) 

November 12  Drive to Sravasti, India (via Pipraawaha, Indian Kapilavastu)  (overnight in Sravasti)

November 13  Drive to Lucknow & fly back to New Delhi

Lumbini

New Delhi

The beginning of our journey!

Bodh Gaya

Sarnath

Varanasi

Kushinagar

Nalanda

Kapilavastu

Patna

Sravasti

Lucknow

Vaishali

Walking with the Buddha 2019

Daily Itinerary 

This practical daily itinerary is an outline of the sites we will be visiting. In addition to Helen Tworkov and RetreaTours founders BJ Graf and Lauren Rathvon, we will have an expert regional guide with us during the whole journey, and we will have site-specific experts along the way. In addition, Buddhist teacher Tempel Smith will be joining us to lead dharma discussions, meditation, and to help us weave a powerful narrative throughout all of the sites we experience. 

Throughout this entire journey, we’ll have time at each site and along the way to share stories of the Buddha’s time in each of these locations and the importance of each site. Our newly-formed Sangha will share in discussions, dharma discussions, and group meditation experiences; there will also be some time for independent exploration, study, and practice. 

You’ll arrive in New Delhi and stay overnight on November 1st at a hotel close to the airport. Get a good night’s rest, as tomorrow we’re flying from New Delhi to Varanasi (90-minute flight), the holy city along the Ganges River. We’ll settle into our hotel in Varanasi and head out to explore the next morning! We’ll explore the Ganges River on an iconic sunrise boat ride on the river. Though the city had been destroyed centuries ago, you’ll still see some of the very same sights and rituals that Siddhartha encountered on his visits to this holy Hindu city.

After attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, the Buddha went to Sarnath (also called Isipatana), and we’ll make our way to Sarnath on the 4th. Here at Sarnath, the Buddha encountered the five men who had been his companions throughout their austerities. He preached his first sermon in the deer park to set in motion the ‘Wheel of the Dharma,’ the founding of Buddhism.

We’ll explore the Ganges River on an iconic sunrise boat ride on the river. Though the city had been destroyed centuries ago, you’ll still see some of the very same sights and rituals that Siddhartha encountered on his visits to this holy Hindu city.

On November 5th we’ll drive from Varanasi to Bodh Gaya (~7 hours). We will have time this evening to tour the Mahabodhi tree and temple and have a solid introduction to this important site and the surrounding grounds, and you will have more independent time here to explore on your own.

On November 6th, we’ll drive to the Dungeshwari (aka Mahakala) caves outside of Bodh Gaya (~45-minute drive). This is the site where Siddhartha Gautama lived on the banks of the Nairanjana River with five ascetic followers for four to six years, practicing austerities. After he realized that these austerities could not lead him to enlightenment, he abandoned them. Thereafter we will visit Senani village. This is where Siddharta Gautama walked to after leaving his ascetic companions. Near death from starvation, he was offered milk rice by a Brahmin girl named Sujata.

The next day is a free day for you to explore Bodh Gaya, attend discussions, or meditate on your own underneath the Bodhi tree.

“Here on this seat my body may shrivel up, my skin, my bones, my flesh may dissolve, but my body will not move from this seat until I have attained Enlightenment, so difficult to obtain in the course of many kalpas.”

On November 8th we will drive to Rajgir (~2 to 2.5-hour drive). There are many important Buddhist sites in and around Rajgir. We’ll visit Venuvan (Bamboo Forest), where the Buddha spent his 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 17th rainy season. We’ll also take a cable ropeway to Gridhrakuta (Vulture’s Peak) which is said to be the favorite of all the Buddha’s retreat locations. Thereafter we’ll visit Saptaparni cave where he often meditated. This cave is also the site of the First Buddhist Council, convened shortly after the death of the Buddha.

After departing Rajgir, we will drive to Nalanda (~1-hour drive). This site was visited a number of times by the Buddha. Nalanda became a center of Buddhist learning and eventually an enormous Buddhist university. We will continue on to Patna (~1.5 – 2-hour drive) where we will spend the night. 

The next morning we’ll drive from Patna to Vaishali in the early morning (~1-hour drive). The Buddha spent much time in this city, and it is where he first ordained women and where he preached his final sermon.

We’ll then stop at Kesariya on our way to Kushinagar (Vaishali to Kushinagar drive time is ~5.5 hours). Kesariya is thought to be the largest stupa in the world, and it is believed to have been built to commemorate the visit of the Buddha here shortly before his death. We’ll continue on to Kushinagar, the site where the Buddha achieved Mahaparinirvana and was then cremated.

After a morning visit on November 10th to Kushinagar, we’ll drive to the birthplace of the Buddha in Lumbini, Nepal (~4 hours, plus time to complete the border-crossing). The next morning we’ll explore the MayaDevi temple which marks the exact spot where Siddhartha was born, and we’ll visit some of the many monasteries from all around the world that exist in the area.

On November 11th, we’ll visit Tilaurakot (~90-minute drive). Many people believe this is the true site of Kapilavastu, the kingdom where Siddhartha spent his first 29 years. Though there is no shortage of debate on this topic, you’ll get to decide for yourself which of the competing sites might have been Kapilavastu. 

On November 12th, we’ll cross the border back into India and will drive to Piprahwa (~2-hour drive), the other site that has evidence of being Kapilavastu. We’ll then move onward to Sravasti to explore for the afternoon (~4 to 4.5-hour drive from Piprahwa). Sravasti, most specifically Jetavana, is where the Buddha spent his last 20 rainy retreat seasons. It may be the most important site after the primary four sites of Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, and Kushinagar.

On the morning of November 13th, we’ll further explore Sravasti and the surroundings before driving to Lucknow for our flight to Delhi (~4-hour drive; 80-minute flight, arriving in Delhi at 5 PM).  We’ll say our goodbyes (for now!) to our new-found Sangha, reflecting on what we experienced and shared together, Walking with the Buddha. 

Extend your stay–let us help!

If you’d like to extend your journey before or after this RetreaTour, we would be more than happy to help you plan your stay!  We can advise you on hotels, flights, and itineraries, whether you want to arrive in India early or stay on afterwards (or both!) We can also set you up for a tour of beautiful Bhutan, Nepal, or anywhere else in South or Southeast Asia. We offer our RetreaTour guests free travel consulting, a $300 value.

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Other Trip Details of Note
  • We will be traveling extensively by private vehicle on this journey to cover much of the ground that Buddha wandered in his life. It is necessary to travel by private bus (as opposed to flying) due to the remote locations of these important sites; please refer to the daily itinerary above for approximate drive times between sites. 

 

  • This trip has a minimum of 7 registered guests and a maximum of 20 guests, in addition to BJ and Lauren of RetreaTours and a representative from Tricycle: The Buddhist Review.  Once we reach our minimum of 7 registered guests, we can start advising on international airfare and trip extensions. 
Price & What is Included

This retreat fee is $4999 USD per person (double occupancy).  After June 1, 2019, the price increases to $5299.

This price only covers the actual retreat, not international airfare (for a full list of inclusions, please see below).

A $1000 deposit holds your space.  The second installment of $2000 is due by June 1, 2019 and the balance is due by August 1, 2019.  The single supplement ($999) is due along with the last installment.

If you prefer to have your own room, the single supplement is $999 USD and will be added to your last payment. (Click here to understand why this single supplement is necessary). Please note that we cannot guarantee you a roommate for this trip, and if you room alone, you will be responsible for the single supplement. This single supplement, although high, is actually slightly subsidized, and your entire supplement goes to cover the other half of the hotel rooms that a roommate would be covering. 

Price Includes:

  • All accommodation in India and Nepal, from the night of November 1st until the night of November 12th
  • All meals in India and Nepal, from breakfast on November 2nd until lunch on November 13th
  • All ground transportation within India and Nepal
  • Flight from Delhi to Varanasi
  • Flight from Lucknow to Delhi 
  • Airport transportation upon arrival and departure
  • All site fees
  • Tips at hotels and restaurants
  • Donation to the Tricycle Foundation

Price does not include:

  • International airfare (although we can and will be more than happy to help you decide on arrangements)
  • Dinner on November 1st
  • Indian visa fee (currently $100 for US citizens)
  • Nepal visa fee ($25 USD)
  • Travel insurance (required)
Payments

Please refer to the Price tab for specific information about price & what is included on your journey.

We accept payments via check and credit or debit card (via PayPal) for our American guests.  For our guests outside the U.S., please write [email protected] for transfer details.

  • Paying by Check: Checks can be made out to RetreaTours and sent to 8821 NW 14 Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024.

We will email you an invoice via PayPal before each installment’s due date.

Click here to pay the $1000 deposit by credit card (via PayPal)

Registration Questions & Contract

Please click here to go to complete this journey’s Registration. You will be asked for your passport number; if you will need to renew your passport before this trip, simply fill in your old information and update us when you receive your new passport.  

At the end of the form, please press “submit” to finalize your answers. Your spot is not considered reserved until you have completed these questions and contract and submitted your deposit.

Please click here to download to view and download PDF of the contract for your records. 

FAQ (aka, Everything You're Wondering Right About Now!) Visas, Health, Hotels, Food, Money & more.

PASSPORT/VISA

  • What do I need to know about the visa?    

First and foremost, your passport MUST be valid at least 6 months beyond the end date of the trip (that is, May 12, 2020), and you’ll need two empty pages in the Visas section of your passport (make sure they are in the Visa section, not the Amendment or Endorsement section). 

You will need to arrange an Indian visa before you arrive; we will provide you more detailed information before you apply for your visa. You can get your Nepal visa upon arrival in Nepal for $25 USD. 

You can apply for your Indian Visa on Arrival 4 to 120 days in advance of your arrival on this website. Please click here to read our blog about how to apply for this visa.  (Please click here to make sure your country is eligible for a Visa on Arrival).

If you plan on staying in India longer than 60 days, you can apply through Cox & Kings Global Services, but you must allow more time for this process (start at least 3 to 4 months before the start of the trip). Please let us know if you prefer this option.

FOOD

  • I have special dietary needs—can I be accommodated?

Vegetarians should have no problem anywhere on our travels. The only thing that might prove difficult is veganism in India. Although meat is entirely avoidable, India is the world’s largest consumer of butter, and it is almost unavoidable in most of their curries, stews, and even breads. Many vegans that we have known to travel through India adopt what is locally referred to as a “pure veg” diet: no meat, no eggs, but it allows for dairy consumption.  (It is worth nothing that some of the reasons for avoiding dairy consumption in the west is slightly mitigated here, as there is less factory farming and antibiotic use in livestock.) Milk can be avoided by not consuming creamy dishes or milk tea.

Gluten is also avoidable in India by choosing rice over chapatis and other local breads. Celiactravel.com has GREAT printable cards in local languages to present to restaurants and hotels about your intolerance of gluten. Click here for the Hindi version.  If you have multiple dietary needs, it may be worth your while to check out these specialty cards, available in 60 different languages.

When you register for a trip, you will answer a set of questions, including a question about food allergies. We’ll take a look at your answers and let you know if we have any suggestions or concerns.

Click here for our very own Indian Food Primer!

  • Can I drink the water?

In a word, No. Although many cities around the world are getting more advanced public water systems, we don’t recommend it.  Not only from a pathogen standpoint, but it’s a different set of bacteria than your body is used to. Why risk an upset stomach if you don’t have to? We recommend drinking only bottled water, and you will want to rinse your toothbrush off in bottled water.

HEALTH

  • What vaccines do I need?

None are required to enter India, but we suggest you work with your physician or your area’s travel health expert to decide what options are best for you.  You can read the CDC’s recommendations here and the UK NHS recommendations here.

  • What about malaria? 

Please work with your physician or travel doctor when making these choices. Please see our blog about this topic for more information.  Here is an NHS malaria map for India and one for Nepal

  • What are the physical requirements for this trip?

Participants should be able to comfortably climb stairs, slowly but in a stable fashion. Guests should be able to walk unassisted for 1 mile at a time. We will be out of the hotel touring 6-8 hours on most days that we aren’t traveling from one location to the next, although there will still be an opportunity during those stints to sit and rest. 

  • Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, travel insurance is required on this trip. Please find out what must be covered in the “Travel Insurance” tab on this page. You must give us your travel insurance company name, policy number, and emergency number before the start of the trip.

MONEY

  • How much money should I bring?

That is entirely up to you and how much shopping you want to do.  All of your meals and transportation are covered, so you just have to gauge how much you want to spend on extras.

  • How do I get the local currency?

You can either exchange cash in India or use a local ATM (which we personally prefer for ourselves). Just make sure you call your bank and credit card company to let them know you’ll be traveling in India, so they don’t put a hold on your card when they see it being used halfway across the world.

HOTELS

  • What kind of hotels will we be staying in?

Each of our hotels will have a private ensuite bathroom, air conditioning, and WiFi access (although sometimes the connection will not extend to the rooms, but only be usable in common areas like the lobby or restaurant). 

We will be sending out a list of hotel names to guests several months before the journey.

COMMUNICATION

  • Will I be able to charge my electronics (phone, iPad, etc)?
  • Yes, just be sure to bring along a Universal Travel Adaptor that can go with you anywhere in the world!
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  • How can my family get ahold of me in an emergency?

Before the trip begins we will give you a contact for our hotels; in addition, we will give you our Indian phone numbers and WhatsApp numbers ahead of time, as well as an American number good for text messages and voicemails.

There will be WiFi available at all of our hotels. If you choose to bring your cell phone or tablet, you can use VoIP services such as Skype, WhatsApp, and FaceTime (audio) to connect with your loved ones at home, as well.

Travel Insurance

If you are traveling with RetreaTours, we require that each guest carries travel insurance that covers emergency medical treatment and emergency evacuation and repatriation. 

We suggest trip cancellation insurance, as well, as you never know what obstacles life can toss at you leading up to a trip. However, we do not require this coverage, we only suggest it highly.

Below you will find some options to look into, if this is a new world to you. However, we ask that you carefully consider your choice in travel insurance. What works for some people may not work for others, particularly if you have any pre-existing conditions. Please do take the time to consider the best policy for your individual needs.

World Nomads provides medical coverage for guests under 70 that includes trip cancellation, as well. You can use the box on this page to get a quote and see coverage.

InsureMyTrip.com is a good place to see and compare many policies at once, and you can refine the options by what coverage you would like.

It may also be a good idea to check with your credit card companies, especially American Express, to see if they offer any medical coverage for travel.

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    About your Arrival and International Flights

    We are more than happy to recommend international flights, but ultimately you will make the purchase yourself directly through the airline website or through a 3rd party site like Expedia or Kayak. Here is some important information if you would like to research flights yourself:

    When must I arrive in Delhi?

    Your hotel night in Delhi on the night of November 1st is included in this journey. In order to get some rest before our flight to Varanasi on November 2nd, we recommend arriving in Delhi before midnight on the 1st. However, if your flight comes in early morning the 2nd (midnight through 2 AM), that will also work.  If you wish to arrive in India early to get accustomed to the time zone, we can help you arrange accommodations and/or give recommendations for activities. 

    What time should I book my departing flight from India?

    We are scheduled to arrive in Delhi on a flight from Lucknow at 5 PM on November 13th. However, it is always wise to allow for flight delays (not terribly uncommon in India) and not book your departing flight until after 10 PM on November 13th or later. 

    Expected temperatures & Suggested Packing List

    Expected temperatures

    The expected and historical temperatures on this journey range between 60°F (15°C) at nights and 92°F (34°C) during the day, with each location being extremely similar. This means mornings and late evenings might be cool, but temperatures will get to 90°+ in the afternoons. This is not a rainy time of year, although it will still be humid. 

     

    Please click here for a Packing List PDF.

    Reading List

    There is no required reading for this trip, but for those of you interested, here are some reading materials to help familiarize yourself with the historical footsteps of the Buddha:

     

    Contact RetreaTours

    Please write [email protected] for any questions you may have about this journey. If you have not received a reply within 48 hours, please do check your spam folder.

    About Tempel Smith

    Tempel Smith began practicing vipassana and metta meditation in 1989 within the Theravada Buddhist tradition at Insight Meditation Society (IMS). Tempel focused his younger years on service and activism within nuclear disarmament, environmental protection, and working in crisis shelters for homeless and abused youth. In 1997 he spent a year in Myanmar (Burma) as an ordained monk with both Ven. Sayadaw U Pandita and Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, and later practiced in silence for a nine-month retreat back at the IMS.

    Since 2001 Tempel has begun to teach meditation and Buddhist psychology to a wide variety of people including prisoners, activists, youth, service providers, and those with severe and chronic illnesses. He founded the B.A.S.E. House in San Francisco – a residential community dedicated to living a socially engaged Buddhist life. Tempel spent a year in volunteer service for Zen Hospice, and in 2003 he initiated an international meditation retreat and program for teenagers and young adults which became iBme (Inward Bound Mindfulness Education). Tempel worked for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship in Berkeley coordinating the B.A.S.E. and Young Adults programs and also has lead pilgrimages in Thailand, Burma, and India for the past ten years.

    In 2008 Tempel joined a four-year teacher training program run by Jack Kornfield, Spirit Rock Meditation Center (SRMC) and IMS, and now leads the 2-year Dedicated Practitioner Program. The Dharma Tempel teaches is informed by western sciences and psychology, Theravada Buddhism, and somatic based trauma healing. See more at TempelSmith.info

    About Tricycle

    Established in 1990 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization, The Tricycle Foundation is dedicated to making Buddhist teachings and practices broadly available. In 1991 the Foundation launched Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, the first magazine intended to present Buddhist perspectives to a Western readership. Tricycle soon became the leading independent journal of Buddhism in the West, where it continues to be the most inclusive and widely read vehicle for the dissemination of Buddhist views and values.

    Our readership includes longtime practitioners, those who are curious about Buddhism or meditation, and those who do not identify as Buddhist but value the teachings of wisdom and compassion that Buddhism has to offer. By remaining unaffiliated with any particular teacher, sect or lineage, Tricycle provides a unique and independent public forum for exploring Buddhism, establishing a dialogue between Buddhism and the broader culture, and introducing Buddhist thinking to Western disciplines. This approach has enabled Tricycle to successfully attract readers from all walks of life, many of whom desire to enrich their lives through a deeper knowledge of Buddhist traditions.

    Tricycle has been recognized with the prestigious Folio Award for Best Spiritual Magazine three times, and has twice garnered the Utne Media Award, most recently in 2013. As part of our commitment to our readers who are seeking to implement or sustain Buddhist values and practices, Tricycle accepts advertising only from teachers, programs, centers, and businesses whose offerings we believe will support those aims. Because of this selective policy, we depend on donations to support ever-rising printing and production costs, content updates to our website, and life-enriching programs. The Foundation also hosts occasional pilgrimages that provide opportunities for new and experienced practitioners to explore sites of importance to Buddhist history and practice.

    Mission Statement

    The mission of The Tricycle Foundation is to create forums for exploring contemporary and historic Buddhist activity, examine the impact of its new context in the democratic traditions of the West, and introduce fresh views and attainable methods for enlightened living to the culture at large. At the core of the Foundation’s mission is the alleviation of suffering that Buddhist teachings are meant bring about. Tricycle is an independent foundation unaffiliated with any one lineage or sect.

    Why “Tricycle?”

    A three-wheeled vehicle aptly evokes the fundamental components of Buddhist philosophy. Buddhism itself is often referred to as the “vehicle to enlightenment,” and the tricycle’s three wheels allude to the three treasures: The Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, or the enlightened teacher, the teachings, and the community. The wheels also relate to the turning of the wheel of dharma, or skillfully using the teachings of the Buddha to face the challenges that the circle of life presents.

    About Helen Tworkov

    Helen Tworkov first traveled through Asia in the 1960s and this led to Buddhist studies in the Zen and Tibetan traditions.

    In 1991, she founded Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and today serves on its board of directors.

    She is the author of Zen in America, and co-author with Mingyur Rinpoche of Turning Confusion into Clarity: The Foundations of Tibetan Buddhism and In Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey through the Bardos of Living and Dying.

    About BJ and Lauren of RetreaTours

    BJ & Lauren created RetreaTours in 2010 with one goal in mind: to make world travel accessible, authentic, and astounding.  In order to focus fully on this passion, they moved out of the U.S. in January 2013 to reside full-time overseas. Each day is spent exploring new destinations, strengthening local ties & relationships, and creating memorable and transformative retreats and tours (aka, RetreaTours!)

    BJ & Lauren take great pride in the itineraries they plan, as they can personally vouch for every hotel, every restaurant, and every activity that you will experience. They craft each element of the trip with intention, and they understand that it is this careful attention to detail that sets them apart.  Fueled by their passion, armed with know-how, and supported by knowledgeable local professionals in all of their destinations, BJ & Lauren set the scene for the vacation of a lifetime. The dynamic duo are available to answer any and all questions before the trip begins. From giving advice on the best flights and travel insurance to providing a packing list, FAQ, and even a tiny “phrasebook,” BJ & Lauren pride themselves on these ‘nuts & bolts’ of personalized service.

    In addition, as a guest, you receive free travel consulting services (normally a $300 value) should you choose to extend your travels. As one of their most ‘frequent fliers’ put it recently, BJ & Lauren make everything easy for you. Once you arrive in your destination city, your trip is all-inclusive—your meals, transportation, lodging, site fees, donations, and tips are all taken care of.  The research has been done, the itinerary carefully laid out, the reservations made, the t’s crossed and the i’s dotted. All you have to do is show up and take in all your destination has to show you!  So….let’s get going!

     

    Please enjoy these videos, taken by BJ on-site at each location. 

    To enlarge each of the videos after pressing play, please click the square icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the video. 

    Photo Album

    Please click a photo to see an enlarged version and the location; you can use your arrow keys or mouse to navigate within the album.

     

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    THE GALAPAGOS

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    Stay tuned for 2020 Ladakh offerings, and click here to learn a bit more about Ladakh!

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    Pilgrimage to Sri Lanka with Tempel Smith, January 7–18, 2020

    Coming soon:

    • Pilgrimage to Ladakh, Summer 2020
    • Pilgrimage to Mongolia, Summer 2020
    • Pilgrimage Around the Buddhist World, early Autumn 2020

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