Inde Goa Carnaval Programme
Itinéraire: Delhi – Agra – Fathepur Sikri – Jaipur – Chittorgarh - Udaipur - Mumbai – Ujjain - Goa
Kalachakra is a unique and important system of highest yoga tantra in Tibetan Buddhism. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has given many Kalachakra initiations, and monks from the Namgyal Monastery have provided numerous teachings on Kalachakra throughout the world. The Kalachakra Ritual Ceremony is comprised of ten days of rituals and practices, including construction of a Kalachakra Sand Mandala.
These rituals and practices are the same as those performed before a Kalachakra Initiation. Each year, the Namgyal monks perform a Kalachakra Ritual Ceremony at the home monastery in India, during the time of year when Buddha Shakyamuni first taught the Kalachakra Tantra. The adept develops the ability, through stabilised concentration and cultivated inner vision, to see him or herself as present within a perfected environment, a majestic palace made of pure jewel-light substance, surrounded by Perfected companions, and completely secure from any ordinary disturbance and interference. This kind of ideal aesthetic environment is not considered an end in itself, but is only the physical situation needed for the perfection-stage yogas of unfolding the deepest inner sensitivities of the central nervous system.
Transfer to Hotel for Overnight stay.
Morning Breakfast at Hotel
Delhi has two distinct identities – the 'Old Delhi and the 'New' Delhi. Old Delhi has the massive Red Fort (with a 300 year old city Shahjehanabad inside), the Jama Mosque, the crowded bazaars of Chandni Chowk and the cremation sites of various important political leaders like Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Ghat) & Jawaharlal Nehru (Shanti Path). New Delhi, the creation of the British rule in India, has the stately President's House, Parliament House, India Gate and other Government buildings around.
Morning visit Old Delhi & drive pass the massive Red Fort (with a 300 year old city Shahjehanabad inside), visit the Jama Mosque, the crowded bazaars of Chandni Chowk. Also visit Raj Ghat where Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Later visit India Gate, drive pass President's House, Parliament House & Government buildings around.
Late afternoon visit Qutab Minar is a red sandstone tower which is 72.5 mtrs high. Its construction was started around 202 by Qutbu'd-Din Aibak, the first Muslim Sultan of Delhi. It has five storeys, and is the highest stone tower in India.
Most remarkable in the complex is the iron pillar, which was built during the Gupta Empire (a Hindu empire in India from 320 to about 335AD). It is made of such pure iron that it has never rusted, a standing testimony to the metallurgical skill of ancient Indians.
Morning Breakfast at Hotel.
Jaipur, the colorful capital of a richly colorful state, is a highly distinctive planned city, made all the more attractive by the pink wash that most buildings are periodically given. The important monuments worth visiting are Amber Fort – the Kachhawaha citadel until 1727, when their capital moved to Jaipur. The City Palace – which has been home to the rulers of Jaipur since the first half of the 18th century The Observatory – built in the 17th century by the founder of Jaipur – Maharaja Jai Singh. Hawa Mahal – an elaborate building encrusted with delicate honeycomb screens and carved balconies from behind which the royal ladies could watch the market activities below.
Morning excursion to Amer Fort, set in a picturesque location. Amer is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja Mansingh in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting apartments. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol and Temple of Kali are some of the prominent areas of interest. Here you may enjoy an Elephant ride uphill to ascend the fort
Afternoon sightseeing of Jaipur city, including visit to the City Palace which is an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthan and Mughal architecture. The vast palace complex occupies one seventh of the walled city of Jaipur
Also visit The Observatory also referred as Jantar Mantar which was built in the 17th century by the founder of Jaipur – Maharaja Jai Singh.
Drive past Palace on Winds which is also refered as "Hawa Mahal" from outside.
Evening free to stroll through the colorful bazaars of the Pink City.. Jaipur is well known for its blue pottery, brass articles, enamel work, cotton and woollen fabrics and rugs, exquisite carpets, leather goods and intricate jewelry pieces studded with precious and semi-precious stones. Traditional jewelry – like minakari and kundan work – is available in fine designs of gold or silver.
Morning Leisurely Breakfast at Hotel.
Check out & drive to Agra
Visit Fatehpur Sikri
Visit the ancient imperial capital frozen in the past. At the time or the English came to meet Akbar, they could not believe their eyes at the time the city was larger than London
Palace the Jodha Bai Jodha Bai Palace is the largest and most important part of the Imperial Harem, with all equipment, provisions and guarantees. The name Jodha Bai Palace is a misnomer in itself. It is the most widely accepted that the building was pour Raniwas ou Zenani-Dyodhi which was protected by the guard rooms, with triangular ceiling other apartments. Several Hindu motifs were used in the building, which confirms that the occupant of the building was a Hindu woman.
Diwan-I-Aam - This is a huge rectangular walled-in courtyard where petitions were heard, proclamations, embassies received and entertainment programs held. The royal balcony, within a framework of jail screens, appears on the Western Front. In front of the royal seat, a stone hook is still stuck in the ground. According to tradition, the pet elephant Hiran Akbar was attached to this hook to crush to death under his feet the head of the guilty. If she refused to obey thrice, the victim was released.
Continue on to Agra, old Mughal capital.
Arrive Agra and check in at hotel. Evening at leisure
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Proceed for sightseeing of Agra – visiting the Taj Mahal The bellicose Mughals founded AGRA, and became the most civilized and respectful of the art, and a great tolerance; the religion founded by Akbar proves it. But all ended with the reign of Shah Jahan whose masterpiece was the Taj Mahal. On the bank of Yamuna, Emperor Shah Jahan was erected to perpetuate the memory of his favorite wife, the Taj Mahal, the jewel of Indo Persian art, is one of the universally admired wonders of the heritage of humanity ....! It really symbolizes the story of a great love. Its charm is magic, the rectangular pool lined with cypress retains the image of the monument. Under the Shah Jahan and dome Mumtaz.
Afternoon visit Red Fort:-here is what it written in stone, the story of the Mughal Empire. Severe red sandstone walls erected by Akbar the Great, and brightness of the white marble of Shah Jahan, the builder. The military power of the Fort cannot be questioned, the wall of 2500 meters which surrounds it, is impressive.
Evening free to relax and visit local markets
Overnight stay Hotel.
Morning Breakfast at Hotel.
Transfer to Railway Station to board train for Jhansi (Dep 0817 Arr : 1048).
Arrive Jhansi and drive to Orchha.
Visit the Orchha Fort that houses former palace of Bir Singh Deo.
Birr Singh Deo Palace - It was built in 1620 by King Bir Singh Deo after the palace was named. Locally, the palace is also known as Govind Mandir. Built on a rocky outcrop, the Bir Singh Palace has five floors visible. A central dome rising to 35m caps the palace. There are many underground chambers excavated in the rock, but they restent cachés à the sight. Curiously, despite its mesmerizing beauty, the palace has never been occupied and is now a well-preserved monument with some beautiful murals.
Afternoon continue drive to Khajuraho (173 kms/3 hrs).
Late evening arrive Khajuraho & check in at Hotel for overnight stay.
Morning Breakfast at Hotel.
Khajuraho : Khajuraho is a small town located amidst the forested plains of Bundelkhand in north-central Madhya Pradesh. The beautiful temples of Khajuraho are believed to have been built by the mighty Chandela rulers in the 9th and 10th century AD. The engravings on these temples are sensual and erotic, depicting graceful intimate scenes of the whole range of human emotions and relationships. Architecturally the temples are built in the north Indian Nagara style. The sculptor/'s fine skill and a sense of imagination have given form to human emotion in the form of spiritual and physical love. Every façade —wall, window, pillar, and ceiling—is carved with figures of mythical and historical origins.
Morning sightseeing of Western Group of Temples.
Famous Temples of Western group, Kandariya Mahadev, Chaunsat Yogini, Chitragupta Temple, Lakshamana Temple, Matangeswara Temple:
Later transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi.
Arrive Varanasi & check in at Hotel.
Evening free to relax & unwind.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Varanasi :- The city of Varanasi is situated along the west bank of the Ganges in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Also known as 'Benaras', Varanasi is an important pilgrimage centre for the Hindus. The city finds mention in the great epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. It was a flourishing trade center when Buddha came to Sarnath, about 10 kms away, to preach his first sermon in 500 BC. Right from the ancient times, Varanasi has stood as a symbol of Hindu renaissance and preserved the rituals and traditions of Hindu philosophy. Down the ages, pilgrims from distant lands have come to Varanasi in search of divine blessings
Early morning leave for boat ride on river Ganges.
Varanasi, built high with eighteenth and nineteenth-century pavilions and palaces, temples and terraces, are lined with an endless chain of stone steps – the ghats – progressing along the whole of the water front, altering in appearance with the dramatic seasonal fluctuations of the river level. Each of the hundred ghats, big and small, is marked by a lingam, and occupies its own special place in the religious.
Return back to Hotel for Breakfast.
Morning at leisure.
Afternoon visit Sarnath : After attaining enlightenment, lord Buddha came to sarnath, where he preached his first sermon. In the sylvan surroundings of a deer park, he initiated his first five disciples into the buddhist monk–hood. Here began one of the greatest religions of the world. Emperor Ashoka erected a magnificent stupa here. Forgotten for centuries, sarnath was excavated by british archaeologists in 1836.
Evening enjoy a Rickshaw ride for illuminated Aarti ceremony & flower candle floating in river Ganges. The Ganga Aarti is a spectacular sight. As the sun begins to set, plating the river with gold, bells and gongs ring and chants fill the air. Rows of religious celebrants hold plates of flaming ghee, moving them in a circular salutation to the Goddess of the River Offerings of lamps and flowers are made to the river immediately following this ceremony and it is a moving sight to watch hundreds of miniature lamps float along the river. Overnight stay Hotel.
Depart to Bodhgaya by surface.
Arrive at Bodhgaya, check in at hotel.
As the place of the Buddha's Enlightenment, Bodhgaya is the spiritual home of Buddhists. It attracts tens of thousands of believers from all over the world. Bodhgaya situated near the river Niranjana, is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centers since it was here that Buddha attained enlightenment under
the Bodhi tree. The population of this town is 22,000 and is situated at an altitude of 113 m . Maximum temperature in summer rises to 45-47 degree Celsius and minimum is 27 degree, while in winter maximum is 28 degree and minimum is 4 degree. It receives an annual rainfall of 1,860 mm. Most countries with vast Buddhist population have a temple or monastery here.
Late afternoon visit the Great Buddha Statue, standing at an elevation of 80 ft, is one among the tallest Buddha statues in the country,that was instated in 1989 by the XIV Dalai Lama.
Overnight stay at hotel Camps.
Morning Breakfast at Hotel.
Attend Preliminary teachings (08:00-11:15) of the HH Dalai Lama.
"Kalachakra" or "Wheel of time" has been initiated by his holiness the Dalai Lama at regular periods to the Buddist disciples. The Kalachakra tantra consists of three wheels of time, the outer wheel (external enviorment), The inner wheel ( The human body) and the other wheel (initiations of sri Kalachakra). The practice of Kalchakra tantra, like all Buddhist tantric systems, is based on first receiving the proper
initiations. For the initiations to be properly given and received, it is necessary that both the guru and the disciple have certain qualifications. Accordingly, up to eleven initiations are given by the guru.
Following this practice, His holiness the Dalai Lama will initiate the congregation with his teachings at Bodhgya.
Kalachakra 2016 at Bodh Gaya by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama from January 14 to 25, 2016.
Since 1954, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has given 33 Kalachakra Initiations,
including four times at Bodh Gaya in 1974, 1985, 2003 and 2012.
Attend ceremony where Dalai Lama and monks of Namgyal Monastery and senior lamas will conduct rituals which prepare and consecrate the venue grounds. These include chanting of prayers, creation of the sand mandala and other rituals.
Afternoon proceed for sightseeing of Bodhgaya.
Mahabodhi Temple & Bodhi Tree (UNESCO World Heritage Site):
At the western side of the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodhgaya stands the large and historic Bodhi Tree under which Shakyamuni Buddha, then known as Gautama, attained enlightenment some 2540 years ago. The Mahabodhi Temple stands east to the Bodhi Tree. Its architectural effect is superb. its basement is 48 square feet and it rises in the form of a slender Pyramid, till it reaches its neck, which is cylindrical in shape. The total height of the temple is 170 feet and on the top of the temple are Chatras which symbolise sovereignty of religion. Four towers on its four corners rise gracefully giving the holy sturcture a poise and balance.
Overnight stay at hotel / Camps.
Proceed again for the Kalachakra Grounds to attend Preliminary teachings (08:00-11:15) of the HH Dalai Lama.
Afternoon drive to Patna – The Capitol of Bihar state.
Transfer to airport to board flight for Delhi.
Meet & assistance on arrival at Delhi & transfer to Hotel
Overnight stay at Hotel / Camps.
Morning Breakfast at Hotel.
Then transfer to the airport. Assistance with the registration formalities.