FROM PATNA TO NASHIK 2019 – A JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF INDIA

As part of its educational programs, the Indo-Hellenic Society for Culture and Development organizes a cultural journey to some of the most sacred destinations for the pious Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists, which have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites in India. The main stations of the trip are given below:

BIHAR: Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha attained enlightenment and Buddhahood. The Peace Stupa in Rajgir and the famous Buddhist University of Nalanda that flourished in the ancient kingdom of Magadha. Patna, the capital of the state of Bihar known to the ancient Greeks as Pataliputra.

UTTAR PRADESH: Varanasi, the capital of Hinduism, and Sarnath. the deer park where the Buddha gave his first sermon.

MADHYA PRADESH: Khajuraho, a group of ancient temples famous for their decoration with erotic sculptures. The Great Buddhist Stupa of Sanchi. Bhopal, the capital city of the State. The ancient city of Ujjain, one of Hinduism’s seven sacred cities. The shaped like Om island of Omkareshwar, where there is also one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. The pillar of the Greek Ambassador Heliodorus in Vidisha.

MAHARASTRA: The Ajanta rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments, and the astonishing Kailasha temple in Ellora, carved from solid rock in one of the largest rock-cut monastery-temple cave complexes in the world. The Indo-Greek Buddhist caves in  Nashik.


The program is under configuration

The program and the dates are indicative and may change according to the availability of tickets and the weather conditions in our routes. Follow our website for updates. 

For registration and input of ideas to shape the trip, please call 6977874652 or send an e-mail to [email protected]


Dates:

August 2019

Duration of the trip:

The total duration of the trip in India is estimated at about 20 days (18 days in India plus 2 days international journey).  Those who have limited time available can register for the first or the last part of the journey.


Services included in the tour package:

Hotels –  Double rooms in 3-star hotels or monasteries with an extra charge for single rooms. Hotels will be selected after extensive research into their category and according to availability without having to break the group into different hotels. The hotel names will be given herewith for reference.

Meals – Daily breakfast in hotels. Dinner can be included in hotels at an additional cost for those who want it. There are many good restaurants in big cities, but indigestions in India always need special attention. In some cases, especially after a long trip, it is good to have food in the hotel.

Transportation – Domestic airplanes and trains will be used for long distances. Tempo and cars will be used for shorter distances and wherever the train will not be available.

Communication – wi-fi will be available free or at a reasonable charge in most of the hotels. Indian sim cards are available with presentation of the required documents, see HERE.

Boating– Boating in the Ganges along the city of Varanasi for an hour.
Boating tour in Omkareshwar.

Lectures and Seminars – Lectures by local teachers and monks in ashrams and monasteries. Introductory seminars on Yoga and Buddhism by Indologist Dr Dimitrios Vassiliadis.

Entrance tickets to museums and archaeological sites.

Cultural Programs – To be advised later which folk programs will be available.


Requirements:

  1. Sound physical condition.
  2. Medical Tests: Ask your doctor if you are fit to travel to India. No special vaccines are required.
  3. Proper clothing: Suitable for trekking, raincoat, avoid ‘non-conservative’ clothes.
  4. Simple living and basic knowledge and understanding of Indian culture.
  5. Non-vegetarian food and alcohol are strictly forbidden in holy places.
  6. Shoes and photography are not allowed inside many temples.
  7. All participants should be members of ELINEPA. If you are not a member yet, please download the Membership Form HERE

Cost: 

The exact cost will be adjusted in accordance with the transportation, hotel and service prices we shall face (including international airfare). Hotel prices will be based on double rooms rates, single occupancy and dinner at hotels (if preferred) will be charged for separately.

Limited number of participants.

Recommended Videos:

Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya (UNESCO/NHK)

Nalanda University Ruins (World Travel Guides )

Varanasi (Benares) (Ludwig Bispink)

Khajuraho Group of Monuments(UNESCO/NHK)

Ajanta Caves (UNESCO/NHK)

Ellora Caves(UNESCO/NHK)

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