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dividerThe Gyuto Foundation, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in East Richmond Heights, California, is a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Tibet's living cultural and spiritual heritage. The Foundation supports activities dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan culture through teaching, hosting local University students, interfaith dialogues and cultural programs.

The Foundation also supports charity programs for the Himalayan children's education and healthcare funds, Tibetan seniors living in the Bay Area and new immigrants. 

Your contribution for the monastery is greatly appreciated. Your generosity will allow for the development of this unique facility for local community and supporters. Please visit our
WISH LIST and see if you can help us with anything.

Nyung-Ney Retreat
with Ven. Sonam Tenzin Rinpoche

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 Check-In Friday July 15 Early Evening, Retreat Saturday July 16 - Monday July 18
 Location:
Gyuto Foundation - 6401 Bernhard Avenue, East Richmond Heights, CA 94805
 This is not a Gyuto Foundation event, but will be held here - please do not call Gyuto Foundation.
 For Information & Registration, please contact:
 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 Cell Phone: Hoai Ta (408) 318-2788


The Nyungne retreat is a special practice of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, begun by the nun Gelong-ma Palmo several Centuries ago. This retreat, which lasts two full days and the morning of the third day, is popular among Tibetan Buddhists because of its ability to aid practitioners in purifying their minds,

creating positive potential, and developing compassion.

In The Sutra on the Establishment of a Place it says there is great merit in offering lots of jewels and pre-cious things to all the Arhats in the world, but such merit is not even one percent of the merit of a Nyungne. It is not even one thousandth of it. To practice generosity for your whole life and to do one Nyungne are of equal merit. In short, by doing or sponsoring or assisting in a Nyungne you will not be re-born in the lower realms. You will come to possess Bodhichitta and will be without poverty in all future lives. Especially, you will complete the perfection of generosity. Thus, through assisting or sponsoring a Nyungne you will achieve all benefits, both immediate and long term.

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Kalachakra Empowerment

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Join us for a week of extraordinary opportunities to connect with the rare and profound path of the Kalachakra Tantra. Over the course of seven days, Kalachakra Vajra Master Khentrul Jamphel Lodrö Rinpoché will be giving introductory teachings into one of the highest systems of Buddhist practice. Following the teachings, he will bestow the complete set of empowerments for engaging in the generation stage, known as the “Seven Empowerments of a Growing Child”. Then, in order to give you first hand experience of the system, Rinpoché will be guiding students in a three day retreat where he will present the common and uncommon preliminary practices. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity!

Events

KALACHAKRA TEACHINGS July 28 & 29 7pm-9pm
KALACHAKRA EMPOWERMENT July 30 & 31
 10am-5pm
KALACHAKRA RETREAT AUGUST 1, 2 & 3
 10am-5pm

All events will be held at the Gyuto Foundation: 6401 Bernhard Avenue, Richmond Heights, CA 94805.
This is not a Gyuto Foundation event, but will be held here - 
please do not call Gyuto Foundation
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Please direct all questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Steve Ginsberg at 831-596-6397.

For more information & Registration please visit the website: http://www.freshsqueezedart.com/khentrul/kalachakra.html

KALACHAKRA - KING OF TANTRA:
July 28 Thursday 7-9pm
Donation of $20.00 (pay at door - no pre-registration required) 

GUARANTEED ENLIGHTENMENT - How to use Kalachakra to manifest an authentic experience of Shambala:
July 29 Friday 7-9pm 
Donation of $20.00 (pay at door - no pre-registration required)

KALACHAKRA EMPOWERMENT:
Khentrul Jamphel Lodro Rinpoche will give the Kalachakra empowerment on July 30 & 31, 2016 (times TBD).
The cost for both days is $100 and includes vegetarian lunch ($80 single day). (pre-registration and payment required here.)

KALACHAKRA RETREAT:
Khentrul Jamphel Lodro Rinpoche will lead a short
Kalachakra retreat August 1, 2 & 3 .
The cost for all three days including vegetarian luches is $125 (or $60 per day). 
(pre-registration and payment required here.)

Khentrul Rinpoche

Khentrul Rinpoche is a Non-Sectarian Master of Tibetan Buddhism. He has devoted his life to a wide variety of spiritual practices, studying with more than 25 masters from all of the major Tibetan traditions. While he has genuine respect and appreciation for all spiritual systems, he has the greatest confidence and experience with his personal path of the Kalachakra Tantra as taught in the Jonang-Shambhala Tradition.

Rinpoche brings a sharp and inquisitive mind to everything that he does. His teachings are both accessible and direct, often emphasizing a very pragmatic sensibility. Over the years, Rinpoche has authored a variety of books to guide his students. He has specifically made great efforts to translate and provide commentary on texts which present the gradual stages of the profound Kalachakra Path.

Rinpoche believes that our world definitely has the potential to develop genuine peace and harmony while still preserving our environment and humanity. This Golden Age of Shambhala is possible through the study and practice of the Kalachakra System. To this end, Rinpoche has begun travelling the world to share his knowledge of this unique lineage free from sectarian bias.


Kalachakra

The word Kalachakra is formed from two separate words, "kala" meaning time and "chakra" meaning wheel, therefore Kalachakra is literally translated to mean "wheel of time".

In the Kalachakra teachings, the concept of time is much broader than our common understanding of time in that it refers to that which is beginningless, endless and timeless. The wheel represents our existence and the cycles of time within this limitless existence, as well as our limitless compassion and the empty nature of absolute truth. It is the divine immutable great bliss, reflecting all qualities of our limitless, sublime empty nature. It is the permanent, eternal, indestructible wheel of time.

The Kalachakra Tantra is the most profound and extensive tantric practice of all spiritual systems, offering the potential to achieve enlightenment in one lifetime. As it is so complete, no other spiritual practice is necessary. This is why Kalachakra is known as the "king of tantras" and has the ability to transform your life into something extraordinary.

The Kalachakra is so powerful that even making a connection and saying the Kalachakra mantra daily, it has the power to bring great fortune to all who practice, ushering in the Golden Age within the next three hundred years and bringing true global peace and fortune to our world. So if we want these benefits it is vital that we take this opportunity to practice now!


Special Message from Ven. Thupten Donyo

Greetings and Tashi Delek,


May I take this opportunity, on behalf of all Venerable monks of Gyuto Monastery, to sincerely thank His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his blessings and his tireless effort to bring peace, happiness and religious harmony throughout the world.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the supporters; because of their generous contributions, I'm very happy and proud to say that the Gyuto Foundation is now well established.

I also would like to thank all the members of the community who helped us in creating a beautiful Dharma Center here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Today, I have special news for you:

At the end of 2016, after 15 years of serving as Director, I'm officially handing over the management of the Foundation to the main Gyuto monastery in India, because I want to focus more on supporting our Himalayan Children's Education and Healthcare Project.

Many of the children in the Himalayan regions can't afford to go to High School or College. Many children in that region don't even have a single toy to play with.

Therefore, from now on, I want to dedicate my life for the benefit of the Himalayan children.

I thank you all for your continued support of the Gyuto Foundation.

Again, I wish you all very well and have a wonderful, Happy New Year with your family and friends.

Thank you and Tashi Delek,
Venerable Thupten Donyo
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Monastery Roofing Project Please donate (here).

 We have a humble request for all of our friends. Since moving to our new location in Richmond, we've completed all major renovations, except for replacing the 45 year old roof on the monastery. Last winter we had leaking from the roof, and we are expecting more leaks this winter. We would very much like to request that our members and friends help us in raising funds to replace the roof before the rainy season arrives.

We have consulted with several roofing companies, and they suggested that we replace the roof as soon as possible. According to estimates provided by two roofing companies, the cost will be $45,000 - $60,000 to replace it in entirety. We are so grateful for the generous support from all of our members and friends throughout the years and would greatly appreciate donations, in any amount, to help with these final renovations.
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All donations are tax-deductible.
Please donate here. Thank you very much.



Prayer Wheel Project

We have plans to install 365 Prayer Wheels that will surround the monastery and give eveyone an opportunity to circumambulate and turn the wheels. It is suggested that one recite the six syllable mantra - OM MANI PEDME HUNG - while turning the Prayer Wheels. When circumambulating, one can contemplate compassion and develop bodhicitta. Those who spin Prayer Wheels not only create benefit for themselves, but all sentient beings.
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We have received donations from 160 sponsors for individual Prayer Wheels for the first phase of the project. We welcome donations for the Prayer Wheel project, in any amount, but currently we are not taking any more individual Prayer Wheel sponsors. The second phase of the project, which will include the remaining 205 wheels, will resume pending approval of the building permit. 

We are also looking for donors to sponsor the printing of Compassion Buddha mantras - OM MANI PEDME HUNG - to enclose in the Prayer Wheels. We are looking for sponsors for printing mantras and we’ll need 100 or more boxes of Buddha of Compassion mantras, each box will cost $150. 

Large Prayer Wheel Project has been completed!

Our large prayer wheel has been sponsored, completed, and consecrated. It contains 10 billion Buddha of Compassion mantras - OM MANI PEDME HUNG - as a dedication for the benefit of all sentient beings. We wholeheartedly thank our sponsors and volunteers who made this project happen.


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Ven. Donyo will be leading a Buddhist Pilgrimage to India in 2016

A short video (WALK WITH THE MASTERS) -the story of the sites of the Buddha.

Registration will be closed on July 30th, 2016.
 
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Venerable Thupten Donyo, Director of the Gyuto Foundation, is organizing his sixth Buddhist pilgrimage to India and Nepal that will take place October 29th - November 15th, 2016 (2 separate tours: Northern India & Southern India) - choose one or both tours. Ven. Donyo will be leading the pilgrimage with prayers and this pilgrimage has taken place every 2 years.
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Please note: during the tour we will be staying in 2 to 4 star hotels that are often fully booked during pilgrimage season between November - February. Our hotel names are listed in the itinerary below. Ven. Donyo will be traveling with the group to make sure out members and friends have a pleasant tour during the pilgrimage. While in Nepal, we will not be visiting Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, but will visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha which is located just near the border area. During the tour we will be flying two times, at the beginning and end of the tour, and traveling by charter bus the rest of the tour. 

Joining the pilgrimage with Venerable Donyo will benefit by not only developing your spiritual path, but also in helping fund the Himalayan Children's Education. Ven. Donyo recently transferred the Directorship over the Gyuto Foundation, which he founded in 2000, to the main monastery in India, and is now dedicating his life to the Himalayan Children's Education. Ven. Donyo's short message for his charity project.


A pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred place as an act of devotion and faith. Many enlightened beings have advised to visit the place where the Buddha was born, the place where the Buddha attained Enlightenment, the place where he preached the first teaching, and where he passed away into Mahaparinirvana.

During the pilgrimage we will visit the major holy sites of the Buddha such as: Lumbini - birthplace of Buddha, Kushinagar - where Buddha passed into Mahaparinirvana, Rajgir - where Buddha gave teachings on the Heart Sutra, Varanasi - where Buddha preached his first discourse, and finally Bodh Gaya - where Buddha attained enlightenment. We’ll also visit the Taj-Mahal, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Please see below for the complete list of sites and the corresponding itinerary.

Registration:

A limited number of people will be accepted on join the pilgrimage. Interested members should contact Ven. Donyo for registration by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (408) 204-8724. Registration will be taken on a "first come, first serve" basis and is open to everyone. Registration is open now.

To register for the pilgrimage, please call or send email to Ven. Donyo to make sure there are still seats available. Once you register, you will need to send a photocopy of your passport for hotel reservation in India. You'll also need to send a deposit check $500 payable to Delek Children's Foundation or DCF. (please write pilgrimage on the memo line) and mail it to: 6401 Bernhard Ave. East Richmond Heights, CA 94805 to ensure your place on the pilgrimage. Without the deposit your registration will not be confiremed. Your deposit will be part of the payment.  

If anyone wishes to join the pilgrimage from other states or other countries, they are welcome to do so. However, registration is still required and all participants must arrive in New Delhi no later than Oct. 31st, 2016. Those members who are interested to join the pilgrimage but not fully sure if they are going. If so send us your registration now without deposit to put your name on the list. You can send your deposit 90 days before depature with copy of your passport to ensure your place on the pilgrimage. Then full payment of the trip must be paid in full no later than 60 days. Once you registered with deposit we'll send you the confirmation with Indian and Nepalese visa information. However, without the deposit your registration will not be confiremed. Your deposit will be part of the payment. 

Important:
Ven. Thupten Donyo and the group will be flying with All Nippon Airways from San Francisco to New Delhi and will be returning from New Delhi to the U.S. However, you are welcome to extend your stay before or after the pilgrimage as you wish with your own expenses. We have booked our flights through Third Eye Travel in Fremont and I recommend booking your flight with www.thirdeyetravel.com  When you contact Third Eye Travel, ask for Sonam at (510) 487-9010 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and make sure that you are making reservation with Donyo's Group. Third Eye Travel has always been very helpful to our previous trips and they have helped us with successful pilgrimage in the past. However, you are welcome to book your ticket anywhere you like, but please make sure that you must arrive in New Delhi on the same day according the schedule. If you arrive in Delhi before or after the group all the additional expenses will not be included in the package. 


India and Nepal Visas:
All members please apply for your Indian visa before you book your airline ticket. India and Nepal visa instruction.

Lodging: 
                                                                                                                                                    

During the trip you will be sharing rooms that have twin beds. If you prefer not to share a room and prefer to have single accommodations, there will be an extra charge and reservations are subject to availability. If you are travelling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate. However, if no roommate is available you will be charged the single accommodation room rate. Therefore, we advise you to encourage your family and/or friends to join the pilgrimage so you can share a room with your family or friends. We will make the greatest effort to make you as comfortable as possible.
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Northern part of Pilgrimage will cost $2,600.00 and Southern India tour will cost $1400.00 per person without international air fare.  All prices based on shared rooms, twin beds. If you would like a single room there will be an additional $500- $700 per person. We do not recommend to book single room because it will be costly. Invite a family member or friend to join the pilgrimage. Interested members, please register below.
                                                            Northern Pilgrimage October 29 - November 11

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There will be maximum 35 seats available and those seats will be available on a first come first serve basis.
Currently we have seats still available for the pilgrimage.  Registration will be closed on July 30th, 2016.

Southern India - Visiting Ancient Buddhist Caves

We are also visiting ancient Buddhist Caves in South India right after the pilgrimage November 11th - November 15th, 2016. It will require an additional 5 days to visit the caves near Mumbai but we won't be visiting Mumbai. Interested members can send their registration now.

If you would like a single room for South India trip there will be an additional $450 per per person. We do not recommend to book single room because it will be costly. Interested members please register below. 

                                                        Southern Pilgrimage November 11 - November 15

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TRIP ORIENTATION:

All local members who are joining the pilgrimage with Ven. Donyo are invited for afternoon tea at the Foundation. We know some members are flying from different cities and those members not necessarry to join the orientation. Ven. Donyo will be giving a brief introduction about the pilgrimage so that the members will have full knoledge about trip as well as India and Nepali culture. Those members who can attend the orientation you can organize your roommate at the orientation. Those who can't join the orientation then we'll asign your roommate.

Please note: All members please make sure that you are in good health in order to travel to India with group and free to walk about an hour each day.
 
Orientation Date:

When: Sunday, October 16th, at 2 pm - 4 pm

Where: At Gyuto Foundation, 6401 Bernhard Ave. Richmond, CA 94805

Tea and cofee will be served.

BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE COST INCLUDES:
  • * Flight from New Delhi Gorakakpure
  • *  Return flight from Varanasi to New Delhi
  • *  All meals are included during the entire trip
  • * 10 days transportation by A/C deluxe coach bus
  • * 12 days lodging in twin bed, shared rooms in 2*-4* hotels
  • *  English speaking tour escort at all times
  • *  All entrance fees to the sites
  • COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: 
    1. International airfare or visa fees
    2. Travel Insurance
    3. Beverages
    4. Airport taxes if any
    5. Expenses of personal nature
    6. Excess baggage
    7. All personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, medical, etc.
    8. Insurance of any kind
    9. Any incidental charges such as flight delay/cancellation due to unforeseen happenings.
    10. Bank charges for fund transfer.
    11. Costs which are not included above in “Cost Includes”
    12. On the last day we request that all members offer small gifts to our tour guide, bus driver and driver's assistant. They always expect some gift from us at the end of the service.
    13. Those members who arrive in Delhi before or stay behind the tour schedule, all additional expenses will be covered by the individual including meals, hotel and transportation from the airport. We encourage that everyone travel on the same flight or try to meet our schedule if flying with different flights or flying from differnet states in order to keep the cost for the tour.

     
    If you decide to cancel and notify us in writing before departure, we will refund your money after subtracting the following fee:
    More than 60 days ............$500
    30 - 59 days....................... 50%
    Less than 30 days .............No Refund

     There will be no refunds if you leave the trip for any reason, after the trip has begun. No refund will be made for meals and accommodations if not utilized.

DESCRIPTION OF THE SITES:
  1. Lumbini is the sacred place where the Buddha was born, located in Nepal. There is an ancient shrine there with an image representing his birth as Prince Siddhartha. At this site Asoka's pillar is found, which is engraved with an inscription commemorating Emperor Asoka’s pilgrimage.  

  2. Sravasti is said to have been Buddha's residence for 25 years while living in the monastery of Jetavana in Sravasti. Sravasti is the only place where Buddha was supposed to have astonished rival teachers by performing miracles. It is in Sravasti that Buddha transformed Angulimal from a dacoit into a Buddhist monk. The two 21-meter high pillars erected by Emperor Ashoka mark these sites.

  3. Vaishali is the place where one of the eight portions of the Buddha's relics have been enshrined in the foundation after the Maha Parinirvana of Buddha. Buddha first visited Vaishali in the fifth year after his enlightenment and is where he spent the whole rainy season. Later King Ashoka built a stupa there.

  4. Kushinagar is the place where the Buddha lay down and passed into Mahaparinirvana. There are sites that are related to Buddha's Nirvana. A large mound nearby marks the place where a great stupa once stood, and where the Buddha was cremated.

  5. Bodh Gaya is the place where the Buddha attained enlightenment. To the west of the temple is the Bodhi tree and sandstone seat where the Buddha is said to have sat when he reached his full enlightenment. It is the place which should be visited and seen by a person of devotion and which should cause awareness of the nature of impermanence.

  6. Rajgir is known as Vultures Peak, this is where the Buddha gave teachings on the Heart Sutra. The first Dharma council was also held there just after Buddha passed into Mahaparinirvana. 

  7. Nalanda is home to the Monastic University that became famous in the centuries following the Buddha’s passing. Nalanda was a flourishing center of learning and for centuries was famous for its learned and versatile teachers. 

  8. Varanasi is where Buddha preached his first discourse after attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya. Emperor Asoka built a Stupa there which stood at a height of about 150 feet tall, the impressive ruins of which can still be seen.
  9. Taj Mahal is regarded as one of the 7 Wonders of the World, and some Western historians have noted that its architectural beauty has never been surpassed. The Taj Mahal is the most beautiful monument built by the Mughals, the Muslim rulers of India. Its stunning architectural beauty is beyond adequate description, particularly at dawn and sunset. 

PILGRIMAGE ITINERARY:
  • Northern Pilgrimage Tour Itinerary for Oct. 29th - Nov. 12th, 2016    

    Saturday, October 29 at 12.20 pm: Depart from San Francisco to New Delhi with All Nippon Airways.

  • Sunday, October 30: Still on flight

    Monday, October 31:
     
    Arrive Delhi (All Nippon Airways Arrive Delhi at 12:15 AM) 
    Meet and assist on arrival at Delhi international airport and transfer to hotel. After breakfast or lunch, sightseeing of Delhi. Overnight at Delhi.

  • Tuesday, November 1: 
    Delhi – Gorakhpur – Lumbini
    Only Air India flight operates daily once a day from Monday to Saturday except Sunday. AI-9809 Departure from Delhi at 12:15 and Arrives Gorakhpur at 14:15.

  • Wednesday, November 2: 
    Lumbini + Lumbini – Sravasti
    Morning visit Lumbini. Afternoon depart to Sravasti. Overnight at Sravasti.

  • Thursday, November 3: 
    Sravasti + Sravasti – Kushinagar
    Morning visit Sravasti. Afternoon depart to Kushinagar. Overnight at Kushinagar.

  • Friday, November 4:
    Kushinagar + Kushinagar – Vaishali / Patna
    Morning visit Kushinagar. Afternoon depart to Vaishali or Patna. Overnight at Patna or Vaishali.

  • Saturday, November 5: 
    Vaishali/Patna + Vaishali – Bodhgaya 
    Morning visit Vaishali. Afternoon depart to Bodhgaya. Overnight at Bodhgaya.

  • Sunday, November 6: 
    Bodhgaya
    Morning visit to Mahabodhi temple, Sujata village. After lunch, visit to Mahakala cave. Overnight at Bodhgaya.

  • Monday, November 7: 
    Bodhgaya (Rajghir & Nalanda)
    After early breakfast, depart to Rajghir & Nalanda. Overnight at Bodhgaya.

  • Tuesday, November 8: 
    Bodhgaya – Varanasi
    After early breakfast, depart to Varanasi. After lunch, visit Sarnath. Overnight at Varanasi.

  • Wednesday, November 9: 
    Varanasi – Delhi
    After breakfast, depart to airport to board flight to Delhi. Overnight at Delhi.

  • Thursday, November 10: 
    Delhi – Agra – Delhi
    Morning drive to Agra to visit Taj Mahal. Evening return back and overnight at Delhi.

  • Friday, November 11: 
    Day free for independent activities till departure transfer to international airport to board return flight home or continue to South India. 

  • Saturday, November 12 at 1: 25 am
    Depart from New Delhi to San Francisco and arrive on same day Saturday, November 12 at 9.30 am 

    (Note: Those not continuing their trip to South India leave very early (1:25 am) November 12 - and those who wish to visit South India will leave Delhi in the afternoon on November 11)


    Northern part of the pilgrimage ends here.

    • Please note: Southern part of the tour is separate from the Northern part of the pilgrimage.

      Ancient Buddhist caves Ajanta & Ellora

    • The caves were built in two phases starting around the 2nd century BC, with the second group of caves built around 400–650 AD. Buddhist Monks used to retreat to this serene place during the monsoon, and as they had plenty of time during such retreats they used it for deepening their religious quest through prayer and discussion.

    • Friday, November 11:
       Delhi – Aurangabad

      Air India flight Departs from Delhi at 17:50hrs and Arrives Aurangabad at 20:05hrs.
      Air India is the only flight operating directly to Aurangabad. Rest flies via other places and takes more than 9 hours. Overnight at Aurangabad 

      Saturday, November 12: Aurangabad – Ajanta 
      Visit Ajanta Caves. Overnight at Aurangabad.
      The Ajanta caves are closed on Mondays, and the Ellora caves are closed on Tuesdays. 

      Sunday, November 13: Aurangabad – Ellora 
      Visit Ellora Caves. Overnight at Aurangabad.
      The Ajanta caves are closed on Mondays, and the Ellora caves are closed on Tuesdays. 

      Monday, November 14: Aurangabad – Delhi 
      Air India flight Departs from Aurangabad at 16:50hrs and Arrives Delhi at 20:05hrs.
      Air India is the only flight operating directly from Aurangabad to Delhi. Rest flies via other places and takes more than 9 hours. Overnight at Delhi

      Tuesday, November 15: Depart Delhi
      Day is free for independent activities till departure transfer for onward journey.

      TOUR ENDS   


TRIP PREPARATION:
All participants are advised to check with their health insurance carrier regarding coverage abroad as well as their medical professionals for any precautionary medical treatments for travel to Nepal and India. Emergency medical facilities may not be readily available at all times in Nepal and India. 

CHECKLIST
Below is a list to help you organize everything you'll need prior to travel:
Advised to travel as light as possible
  1. Roundtrip Airline Ticket (s): Please confirm flight details beforehand
  2. Be sure to arrive to the airport at least three hours prior to departure
  3. Valid Passport with Indian visa
  4. Extra Copy of Passport: Just in case!
  5. Extra passport photos- Email yourself a copy so you have a digital copy as well
  6. Cash: you may need approximately $1,000 - $3,000 for personal needs
  7. DO NOT bring traveler's checks from small banks!
  8. Money, passport and tickets need to be protected at all times and carried on your person throughout the entire trip
  9. Travel insurance: not necessary, but recommended.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:
  1. November is good weather in Nepal and India but may get a little cold in the morning and evening, so we recommend some warm clothes and/or extra layers just in case
  2. Comfortable shoes for a lot of walking
  3. A small, light blanket can be very useful on the bus 
  4. Modest clothes - skin exposure and figure hugging clothes are not commonly worn in India and Nepal and will bring a lot of unwanted and annoying attention
  5. If you are taking any electrical items, you will need 220 volt (NOT 110 volt) and the correct adapter plug for India
  6. Small camera and reliable alarm clock
  7. Hat and sunglasses -the sun can be quite strong even in winter 
  8. Tylenol, cough drops, bandages, and so on for basic first aid/medical needs

RECOMMENDED/OPTIONAL
  1. A small hot water bottle 
  2. Strong plastic bags for wet or dirty clothes 
  3. Padlock(s) - mainly for luggage
  4. Wet wipes or wet towels, very useful in India
  5. Dried fruit & nuts/ snacks for yourself on the bus
  6. Blow up neck ring cushion
  7. Small flash light 
  8. Small first aid kit
  9. Some candies for kids in the rural areas
If you have any questions about the pilgrimage, please contact Ven. Donyo directly at (408) 204-8724 or at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can watch our previous pilgrimage video on YouTube Part One and Part Two. 

Thank you and Tashi Delek,


Ven. Thupten Donyo

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