Spiritual Journeys

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“Bhaku Lama spoke about pilgrimage, how the journey to sacred places opens a path of heart and mind and removes the veils of ordinary vision.” — Ian Baker, The Heart of the World



Spiritual journeys are explorations of both a destination and the inner self. That much needed getaway to rejuvenate the spirit can be a pilgrimage according to a religious belief system, a meditation or yoga retreat, a spa vacation or a stay at a resort center which offers a chance to learn new relaxation techniques. Take a break from your fast paced life and treat yourself to that long awaited adventure just for you.

Sample Itineraries:

Sacred Bhutan–Thimphu Tsechu Festival (9 days)

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Departure September Space is limited This pilgrimage is meant for those persons who seek inner solace through Buddhist values and philosophy. You will have the rare opportunity to visit all the important Buddhist temples and get blessings from important Lamas and Rinpoches. Be a part of the Thimphu Tsechu, one of the largest tsechus or [...]

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Mandela’s Journey (9 Days)

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This well crafted tour takes you back through a historical journey into one of the world’s greatest African leaders. Nelson Mandela was a legend in his own time both in his home country of South Africa and the world at large. The safari begins in Pretoria where we have some of South Africa’s Historical Landmarks [...]

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Nepal Cultural Photo Tour with Mani Lama

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Departure October 8 -22, 2014 Mani Lama shares his expertise on both Nepal’s diverse culture and photography on this escorted tour to Nepal. Even if you have visited before, these activities have been handcrafted so you become a part of Nepal. Meet Paubha painters, statue makers and woodcarving artists. See the grandeur of the Himalayas. [...]

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Magical Lahaul & Spiti

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The unknown world of Lahaul and Spiti –Tibetan monasteries, yaks grazing and high barren, mountain passes. Plus to add to the adventure both districts are very different. Lahaul has glaciers and Spiti a high desert. A restricted region of Himachal Pradesh for many years has kept both districts intact environmentally and culturally. Trails and lakes [...]

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Discover Wellness in Bali (13 days)

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Departure April 15, May 13, Oct 14, Nov 11 This tour combines “authenticity” with “well-being” on the island of Bali. A real makeover and “youth therapy” awaits you to relax and most importantly to pamper yourself. In our modern society, everything can become an “emergency leading to stress and fatigue. It is important, even essential [...]

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The Snow Leopard Trek – Upper Dolpo (24 days)

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Magical and mystical is the elusive Snow Leopard. It is rated high on the endangered species list with 500 said to remain in Nepal. On this adventurous trek, you walk in the steps of Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopard, along the Bheri River, on to Ring-mo, and over Kang La pass, toward Crystal [...]

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Eastern Bhutan Textile Tour (16 days)

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Bhutan’s weaving of beautiful textiles is one o its most important forms of art. Knowledge and skills have been passed down generations to generations. The weaving tools used are still handmade and the raw materials natural. On this journey, you have the rare opportunity to compare different aspects of Bhutanese textiles including the process of [...]

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Black Necked Crane Festival w/ Bumthang(11 days)

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(Departure November) Colorful festivals are very much part of life in Bhutan and the festivities held to celebrate the annual return of the black-necked cranes to the Phobjikha Valley from their summer breeding grounds high on the Tibetan plateau are ones not to be missed. Held annually on November 12, this “welcome” festival for the [...]

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Takthok Festival (14 days)

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Departure July Kashmir is open once again to the world! This is the only tour you will find which combines visits to the Golden temple, Dharamshala, Dal Lake and Little Tibet. The four doors to get into the Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple symbolize the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and religions and [...]

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Ladakh: Land of Lamas

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(The Ultimate Traveling Camp Expience in partnership with Cox & Kings) Departure June 15 – September 30 Like a dream captured in a snow globe, remote Ladakh is a wildly beautiful high desert valley set between the Kunlun Mountains and the Himalayas. On this journey you meet Ladakhi craftsmen and visit the medieval temples and [...]

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India Pilgrimage (14 days)

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India is the birth place of four of the world’s major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Throughout its history, religion has been an important part of the India’s culture. Religious diversity and religious tolerance are both established in the country by law and custom. This tour embraces the path of Buddha and other religious [...]

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Phi Ta Khon Festival — Ghost Festival (4 days)

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Phi Ta Khon, also known as the Ghost Festival, is held in Dan Sai, a north central region of Thailand bordering on Laos. The events take place over three days and the actual date is chosen by the town’s mystics according to the lunar calendar. A spiritual Buddhist festival, Phi Ta Khon is taken from [...]

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A Woman’s Journey to Bhutan (13 days)

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(Departure October 5 – October 17) Note: The itinerary is purely crafted for women traveling and is led by a local Bhutanese woman guide. Nothing offers more of an opportunity to experience life than travel, especially with like minded people. Life is also about deriving happiness out of what we choose to do and understanding [...]

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Discover the Mayans (18 days)

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This tour is a cultural mix of volcanic beauty, ancient Mayan ruins, sparkling Caribbean beaches and colorful colonial towns. Traveling from Mexico’s famous beachside city, Cancun, to the idyllic shores of Playa del Carmen, this trip combines anitquity with adventure. Experience an official new Wonder of the World, Chichen Itza, in Mexico and learn Mayan [...]

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Walking the Camino (8 days)

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Departures May, June, and September of each year. Walking the Camino or the Way of St. James has existed for over a thousand years. This trip was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times, together with Rome and Jerusalem, and a pilgrimage route on which absolution for sins was earned. Legend says [...]

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Pilgrimage for Compassion North India (16 days)

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This is a small group tour escorted by Teri, herself, who has been a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and student of comparative religion for the past 30 years. (Departure June & July) This tour is your chance to join Indian tradition, pilgrimage, and learn about its ancient culture and deities which have formed the India that [...]

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Explore Lo Manthang

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Explore Lo Manthang (6 days/5 nights) Lo Manthang is located in the Mustang region, a desert plateau at 12,400 Ft. Dry, desolate and windy, it is a paradise like no other on earth. Mustang was off limits to foreigners until 1964 when French anthropologist and author, Michel Peissel, was granted a one-time permit into the [...]

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Siddhartha’s Sojourn

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Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism, was raised as a prince for the first part of his life.  He began his spiritual journey after his disobedient act to his father of wandering outside the palace gates where he saw for the first time birth, old age, sickness and even death.  These four stages of life became the [...]

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Himalayan Three Jewels – Darjeeling, Kalimpong & Sikkim

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Journey to India’s Eastern Himalayan foothills and explore where some of the world’s finest tea is grown. In Darjeeling see tea plantations rolling down Himalayan foothills and visit a tea factory to learn how the tea leaves are processed. Visit Chakpori and learn about Tibetan medicine. Explore the surrounding area on the Toy Train. Journey [...]

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Celebrate Losar

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“Lha gyal Iho” (May the gods be victorious) is the New Year greeting you hear in the Tibetan and Sherpa communities in Nepal. New Year or Losar is celebrated on the first full moon of the first month according to a lunar solar calendar but falls between January – March according to our calendar. Celebrate [...]

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Journey to Sri Pada

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Sri Pada, located in central Sri Lanka, is also known as Adam’s Peak and referred to as “butterfly mountain”. Literally meaning “sacred footprint, it is believed to be the footprint of Lord Buddha in Buddhist tradition, Shiva’s in Hindu and Adam’s in Muslim.  The remarkable trait of the mountain is that on a clear morning [...]

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Ananda in the Himalayas: Healing Retreat

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The Ananda Spa in the Himalayas is the perfect healing getaway.  Once the residence of the Maharaja Tehri-Garhwal, the Ananda Spa is a world class resort dedicated to today’s traveller who is looking for innovative ways to restore and rejuvenate his energies.  Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta are combined with contemporary international therapies  provide the grounding [...]

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Discover Tibet (12 days)

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Visiting Tibet is like entering another world. Tucked away in the Himalaya on the world’s highest plateau, it is a country that has held much mystic for years. In fact, some areas in the Northwestern region are so remote that they still remain uninhabited today. For travelers, Tibet is one of the most fascinating destinations [...]

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Sacred Nepal

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Kathmandu is known as a great pilgrimage destination to Hindus and Buddhists from all over the world who believe that they accrue good karma (deeds ) for visiting the many holy places which hold meaning to their spiritual belief system . Although the concept of pilgrimage is a fairly new term in our culture, it [...]

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Pilgrimage to Sikkim

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Nestled in India’s northeast corner in the foothills of the great Himalayas bordering Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan are the small jewels of Darjeeling and Sikkim. Buddhist monasteries, Hindu temples, some of the world’s finest tea and the origin of many legends and religious beliefs make this part of the region mystical and magical and not [...]

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Himalaya Spirit (12 days)

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(Departures April & May) The mystical Himalayas have seduced travelers for many years. Free your spirit of adventure and explore this unique region. Explore Delhi and its spectacular sites and head to the cooler climes of the mountains and Shimla, enjoying a heritage walk. Visit Manali, with its forests, streams and colorful markets. Experience charming [...]

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Rancho La Puerta Spa Resort

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Rancho La Puerta is only an hour’s drive from San Diego, California but is a relaxing world away. Here, in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico, is this world’s first destination fitness resort and spa. Rancho La Puerta is the paradigm of all multi-day “destination spa” vacations that encompass health and wellness for mind, body and spirit. [...]

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Not all of our tours are listed. Call us to discuss your travel plans 415-331-3791 We’re like you — curious when we hear about a culture or a place and crave to see it for ourselves. That’s what we do. We satisfy your curiosity through genuine cultural and environmental interactions. We arrange private and small [...]

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