Journey to Tibet : Clothe New World Foundation

Journey to Tibet

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Date(s) - 07/01/2015 - 07/15/2015
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Kerala Yoga Retreats

This is the third part of the three-part trips of the Southern Asia spiritual yoga retreats by Qi-Yo. The founders of Qi-Yo, Swami Agung and Ariadne Anthakarana, with other Qi-Yo teachers will lead a spiritual pilgrimage to many amazing sacred sites in India and Sri Lanka. Join us this New Year for a wonderful three-legged trips in South Asia where you will enjoy daily yoga classes and excursions to sacred local sites in India and Sri Lanka. Your accommodation will be in a 4-5 star really nice hotel.

Qi-yo Yoga and Soul Journey in Tibet Schedule

Day 1
Arrive at Lhasa. In Lhasa you check in to a Tibetan hotel in the Tibetan quarter, very close to the Jokhang Temple. At night with tea on the rooftop restaurant of the hotel, there will be discussion about Tibetan culture and customs.

Day 2, 3, 4, and 5
Visit Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple was built in the 7th century. The Jokhang is the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Pilgrims from all over Tibet gather, walking with prayer beads and prayer wheels in their hands, focusing only on a good rebirth and achieving enlightenment.

Your spiritually stimulating afternoon includes exploring the Barkor, a sacred circumambulation route around Jokhang Temple, which is also a marketplace and has many temples and galleries around every corner.

You will share this deep sense of spiritual experience with thousands of Tibetan pilgrims who come here from hundreds of miles away, sometimes by foot or by prostrating, to cultivate good karma.

Visit Potala Palace.

The Potala Palace is built high on a hill called Marpori located in the center of Lhasa city. The palace’s 13 stories, built entirely of mud and wood, containing 1000 chapels. There are gold-embossed tombs of past Dalai Lamas, one of which is called Zamling Yeshag (equivalent in value to the entire world) because of the amount of gold, precious gems, and countless artifacts contained in the tomb.

Visit Ramoche Monatery

Ramoche Monatery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, is regarded as the most important temple after the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa. It is one of the great three Geluka university monasteries after the Jokhang Monastery. It situated in the northwest of Lhasa City and about 500 meters away from the north of Barkhor Street. It is 1 kilometer north of the Jokhang and east of the Potala Palace.

It is said that Jokhang and Ramoche Temples were built and completed about the same time. According to historical document, Prince Wencheng took charge of Ramoche Temple and designed and constructed by craftsmen from the inner China so that the early buildings resemble the style of Tang Dynasty (618 AD-907 AD).

The main gate faces the east, which expresses a kind of emotion toward her parents and country. The temple shrines a small bronze statue of the Buddha when he was 8, brought to Lhasa by the Nepalese Princess. The temple was once badly destroyed by Mongolia invasion and Red Guards during Cultural Revolution. The original building was destroyed by fire and the now temple was reconstructed in 1474.

Visit Ani Tsankhung Nunnery

Ani Tsankhung Nunnery, Buddhist nunnery in Lhasa, is the administrative center of Tibet. It was built in the 7th century by Songsten Gampo, who used its meditation chamber. It is a tourist destination in Lhasa. The monastery is a yellow building which lies on the street parallel and north of Chingdol Dong Lu in Lhasa. Since the 12th century the monastery has been used chiefly by Buddhist nuns.

Visit Barkhor area

Located in the old area of Lhasa City, Tibet, Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.

Visit Ganden Monastery

At the last day of your stay in Lhasa, you will visit Ganden Monastery, the seat of the founder of the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. After lunch at the monastery restaurant you will set foot into the temples of the most important monastery in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. The temples you’ll visit include the tomb of Tsongkapa and the Throne of Ganden, the Great Hall of Ganden Monastery, and Ganden Tsogchen, where monks perform prayers.

Then you follow a traditional pilgrim route around Ganden, known as Ganden kora. In afternoon, you continue your journey to Terdrum. You camp near by the nunnery, do your yoga in this beautiful valley with sacred history and take bath in the natural hot spring that Tibetans believe to be medicinal spring that cures many types of diseases as it was blessed by the Guru Rimpoche.

Day 6:
Travel to Drepung Monestery, historicaly the largest monastery in Tibet. Tour includes a visit to the Dalai Lama’s first palace and the Great Hall that once held 10,000 monks. Drepung was relatively less destroyed during the Cultural Revolution and therefore possesses more relics. This is also an opportunity to meet some inspiring nuns who have been meditating in a cave near the monastery for many years.

Day 7:
Visit Samye Monestery, the first temple to be built in Tibet and the first complete with the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. With these unique features, this splendid temple has become an attraction for visitors from near and far.

Day 8:
Visit Tsurphu Monestery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery which served as the traditional seat of the Karmapa. It is located in Gurum town of Doilungdêqên County in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, 70 kilometers from Lhasa. The monastery is about 14.000 feet (4.300 meters) above sea level. It was built in the middle of the valley facing south with high mountains surrounding the monastery complex.

Day 9:
Travel to Shigatse Tashinlumpo, one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. Also called the Heap of Glory, it is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara’s Mountain), Shigatse. Founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447, the monastery’s structure was expanded by the fourth and successive Panchen Lamas.

Covering an area of nearly 300.000 square meters (3.229.279 square feets), the main structures found here are The Maitreya Chapel, The Panchen Lama’s Palace and The Kelsang Temple. Tashilhunpo is the seat of the Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery, and there are now nearly 800 lamas.

Day 10:
Travel to Katmandu, Nepal by car.

Day 11, 12 13, and 14:
Spend nights in the Kathmandu region of Nepal and visit sacred Buddhist and Hindu sites:

Swayambhu

Swayambhu, a large stupa, highly revered in Nepal, and one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the country. It offers great views over the city, and no lack of monkeys. It’s a 20-30 minute walk from Thamel, or take a taxi or rickshaw. Pay 200 NPR (July 2010) to enter the front steps or slip in free on the ramp on the south side. As with the Buddha Stupa, there’s no shortage of Buddhist and Tibetan-inspired trinkets for sale.

There are also drinks for sale at the top, and at least one small restaurant selling momos. For those that have their own transport or have difficulty climbing stairs there is a parking lot at the back entrance that significantly reduces the amount of stairs that need to be climbed to gain access to the main compound.

Boudha Stupa in Boudha

Boudha Stupa in Boudha is one of the most sacred sites for Tibetan Buddhism. It is a must see in Kathmandu.

Narayanhiti Palace Museum

Narayanhiti Palace Museum, the once Royal palace was turned officially in 2009 partly into a Museum and the Foreign Ministry. Now you can visit the splendid Halls of the main building of the palace, entrance fee is 500 NRS for foreigners. Giant fruit bats hanging from the tall trees and 20 foot-tall bamboo around the otherwise modern (and still well secured) former palace are a sight especially around sunset when they depart en masse.

Thamel Chowk

There are lots of restaurants and shops at Thamel Chowk.

Freak Street

Freak Street is a historic home of western hippies seeking enlightenment, but now just a few restaurants and hotels.

Nasal Chowk Statues, temples and the Rana museum

You will also be given the chance to visit Nasal Chowk Statues, temples and the Rana museum.

Pashupatinath

Pashupatinath is an important Hindu temple to Shiva in the form of Lord of Animals. See monkeys, cremation, sadhus and meditation caves. Morning or sunsets are great times to go. The cost is1000 NPR for foreigners, though you can sneak in through the park at the North side of the temple, as many locals do (beware of police though, who try to catch people doing exactly this). No entry inside the main temple for foreigners, though you can peer inside from the doorway. Also, there are stairs on the East side of the river leading to the Boudha Stupa (a short walk away).

Garden of Dreams

Relax in this beautiful and peaceful walled garden close to Thamel and the former Royal Palace. Entry cost is 200 NPR as on Apr 2013. Beautifully renovated in partnership with the Austrian Government. Currently has 2 pavilions depicting 2 of the 6 annual seasons in the Hindu calendar. It has got a cafe for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner and open air theatre for cultural programs for which prior reservation can be obtained.

Buddha Neelkanth (Narangdham)

An Idol of Bhagwan Vishnu in a sleeping position surrounded by water is an extraordinary cool and calm experience. At a distance of about 5-6 kilometers from Main Bus Park, Kathmandu.

Day 15:
Departure from Kathmandu.

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