Introduction to Buddhism in India:
Two of the most prominent qualities associated with Buddhism
are compassion and loving-kindness. It is important to
cultivate these qualities and integrate them into one's
The no 7 article explores the two main Buddhist approaches
to meditation - samatha (calm) and vipassana (insight), with
particular emphasis on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness.
The sixth in this series of ten articles introduces some key
Buddhist concepts. These are
impermanence, suffering, not-self and dependent origination.
This fifth in a series of ten articles looks at the five
precepts, the bedrock of the Buddhist moral code. It also
touches on two specific moral issues - abortion and
voluntary euthanasia. This fourth in a series of ten
articles examines two key concepts: karma and rebirth. Both
are very important to understanding Buddhism's moral
dimension. The essence of the Buddha's teaching is
encapsulated in the Four Noble Truths: the Noble Truth of
Suffering, the Noble Truth of the Origin of Suffering, the
Noble Truth of the Extinction of Suffering, and the Noble
Truth of the Path that leads to the Extinction of Suffering.
This second in a series of articles explores the life of the
Detailed Itinerary of Buddhist India Tour :
DAY 01 : Delhi
Arrive Delhi. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon sight seeing
tour of old Delhi. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 02 : Delhi - Kalka - Shimla ( By Train )
In time transfer to new Delhi Railway station to board train
for Shimla (2114 mtrs.) on arrival at Kalka railway station
transfer to Kufri resort. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 03 : Shimla Sightseeing Trip
Day at leisure at Shimla. Sightseeing in Shimla. Overnight
DAY 04 : Shimla - Sarhan
Drive from Kufri to Sarhan (2300 mtrs) via Narkanda (2690
mtrs) Visit Bhim Kali temple at sarhan meals and overnight
at tourist bungalow.
DAY 05 : Sarhan - Sangla - Chitkul Travel
After breakfast drive to Sangla valley to chitkul (3436 mtrs).
Overnight at camp.
DAY 06 : Chitkul - Sangla Pooh Tour
Drive from chitkul to pooh (3200 mtrs). Enroute visit the
huge village with Buddhist prayer flags fluttering. Pooh is
in the rain shadow area. Meals and overnight in camp at
DAY 07 : Pooh - Tabo Tour
Drive from Pooh to Tabo (3200 mtrs). Enroute visit Nako
where a beautiful artificial lake is located and a beautiful
village where people still hae preserved their oldest
culture and tradition. Visit Tabo monastery. This 12 century
old buddhist Monastery, is said to have been established as
a seat of learning by Padmasmbhawa, the profounder of
Tantric Buddhism. It is also known as the Ajanta of
Himalayas. Meals and Overnight in camp at Tabo.
DAY 08 : Tabo - Kaza
Drive from Tabo to Kaza, enroute visit Dankhar Monastery.
Meals and overnight in camp at Kaza.
DAY 09 : Kaza - Dankar - Kaza Visit
Drive to Kibber Monastery (4424 mtrs). enroute visit Kyi
Monastery. Return to Kaza (total 35 kms) meals and overnight
DAY 10 : Kaza - Manali Tour
After an early breakfast drive to Manali over Kunzum La pass
and Rohtang pass (3978 mtrs). Evening arrive Manali and
check in at hotel for meals and overnight stay.
DAY 11 : In Manali
Day at leisure or one can explore the surroundings.
DAY 12 : Manali - Jispa Tour
After an early breakfast drive for Jispa. The road leaves
Manali and climb upto the 3978 mtrs. High rohtang pass. The
pass invariably windy and the chilly. The lush green valley
and the hills of Kullu are replaced by barren hill down to
the valleyfloor supporting the civilization of a few crops
in the summer, here one can find tiny villages skirted with
field of Potato, Barley and Kuth, a medicinal herb. The
trees one can find are mainly popular and willows of stunted
Once across the pass, the road leads down into the valley of
Lahaul, by the afternoon the district capital of Lahaul -
the town of Keylong is reached. Here after a high tea a
short walk arround the town, the journey continues onwards
to a tiny hamlet, where a delightful camping site waits you
on the bank of the river Bhaga. The actual hamlet of Jispa
is a little further on, so camp is held a few kilometers
before. Meals and overnight at camp.
DAY 13 : Jispa - Sarchu
After an early breakfast drive over to Baralacha pass (4908
mtrs) and enter to the high altitude, cold and mountain
desert land comparable to the moon scape. The landscape
slowly charges, from green field bellow barren mountain and
the terrain becomes slightly rough. The scenery becomes more
and more spectacullar, as the road continues into a small
GREF camp at Sarchu. At the days end, we camp at Sarchu
located right at the beginning of the spectacular lingti
plains. Overnight at camp.
DAY 14 : Sarchu - Rumtse Tour
Morning we leaveteenchanting composite of
Sarchu-lingtiplains, the road climbs higher and suddenly
mountainscape encounter so far. Continuesly drive over the
Lapchungla pass 95066 mtrs) to be followed by the drive
through the most remarkabe sekyunehothang plains at the end
of Tanglangla pass (5328 mtrs) considered as one of the
highest motorable mountain pass in the world. We camp at
rumtse located at the foot of the mighty tanglangla pass
after driving over the pass. Meals and overnight at camp.
DAY 15 : Rumtse - Leh
After breakfast drive to leh. Afternoon arrive leh and check
into hotel. Meals and overnight at hotel.
DAY 16 : In Leh
Leh-situated at 3100 mtrs. Has changed a little since the
days when polo was played in the main sreet, but it retains
much of its culural and historical fascination. In its
quanit markets the lovals in their coral necklaces and
turquoise headgear will charm you into buying their wares,
and you will be made welcome in the fine monasteries.
DAY 17 : Leh - Delhi
In time transfer to airport to fly back to Delhi. On arrival
transfer to hotel. Rest day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 18 : Delhi
Day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.