TRAVEL
Sacred Sites & Travel Details

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Arrival on Sunday, Oct 6th

Experience a traditional Sikkimese welcome and welcome drink upon arrival and dinner at Golden Bamboo (Buffet Restaurant) followed by a welcome talk with Yogi Amandeep Singh.


Itinerary for Days 2-12,
subject to change:

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Morning Esoteric Kundalini Sessions with Yogi Amandeep

Some mornings will include a class with Yogi Amandeep at the resort, except on mornings where we need to leave early to reach our destination. Examples of some of the meditations:

  • Opening the heart and embracing the Masters of the Himalayas.
    The return of the Siddhas, the wisdom holders of the Esoteric wisdom. Healing through wisdom Prana.

  • Receive the Wisdom of the Stars
    Since we are close to the stars, on the first day we will dive into an ancient and secret practice of accessing the Pole Star, Dhruv, who gave humanity its first Yogic teachings. The pole star is the location where the Cosmic Pulse changes its angle and becomes the Pranic Pulse, which is the source of life on earth. We will also dive into the the wisdom of the Big Dipper, the Sapat Rishis, the forefathers of Humanity. The wisdom of stars will unite all into oneness, and again we shall experience the lightness of being in the presence of this ever-flowing star dust at the lotus feet of the mighty Himalayas.

Pemayangtse Monastery

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Visit to Pemayangtse Monastery, the Chenrezig statue (the World’s tallest statue of Avatar Kirteshwara).

Oldest and premier monasteries of Sikkim, known as the Navel of Tibetan Buddhism, from where the petals grow and touch the humanity. The monastery follows the Nyingma Order – one of the 4 orders of the Vajrayana tradition and controls all other monasteries in Sikkim.


Khecheopalri Lake – the Abode of the 64 Yoginis

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Accessing the wisdom of the 64 Yoginis

The location where the first White Tantra was done, by Guru Padmasambhava himself.

According to the ancient legends, as Adi Shakti distributed herself into the living mother Earth, her thymus gland fell in this location.

The path of Tantra was revealed to the Himalayan sages right here.

Tantra is the wisdom of using body movements, including yogic postures and Mudras to access the hidden Mantra: the unmanifested mind.

This path became the source of many Yogic paths including the Vajrayana, the diamond path of the Buddha, and the 12 Schools of the Nath Panthis founded by Guru Gorakh Nath.

With time, these teachings took many forms and my beloved master, Yogi Bhajan, revived these teachings in the modern times for the sake of humanity. He called it White Tantra.

The exact location of the thymus gland, is called Khecheopalri Lake.

Sitting in the cave above (now known as Dupukney Cave), Shiva saw the sacrifice of the Shakti, and shed tears that became the sacred healing waters.

This is the place where Shiva and Shakti, the two dualities, the push and pull of life, become one.  The mind, representing Shakti, distributes itself; and the spirit, Shiva, sheds the tears of joy.

Secret Cave of the Dakinis – Esoteric Transmission in the Cave

One of the 4 holiest caves in Sikkim.

In the esoteric tradition of the Himalayas, along rivers and lakes, caves play an important role in the transmission of the unmanifested wisdom. One is Vidya; the manifested wisdom which is for everyone. The other is Mahavidya; the unmanifested wisdom which is a gift to those who have earned it.

Whenever an evolved being leaves the earth, it’s their responsibility to transmit what they has found into someone who can keep sharing it.

If they don’t find someone to hold that wisdom, it is deposited into a lake, mountain or a cave. Many such activated places hold this infused wisdom that can automatically be received if someone comes to receive it.

This cave is one such place, where Guru Padmasambhava meditated and infused his many hidden treasures.

In this space the great Guru Padmasambhava’s meditated and the radiant light from the crown chakra got imprinted in this cave. The tenth gate of his subtle body dwells here, which holds the key to all the esoteric wisdom of the Himalayas.

Also the location where the Yoginis, were instructed by the Guru, to infuse themselves into the empty space and reveal their self to all seekers that would came to bow.

We will also visit the hot spring of Guru Padmasambhava, where he took his sacred deep after enlightenment. The demons of emotions are elevated and transformed by the Guru here. A rare privilege once in a life-time opportunity for the lucky ones.

Singshore Bridge

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Sightseeing to Singshore Bridge (second highest suspension bridge in Asian continent, overwhelming downward view with sight of beautiful waterfalls and the pleasing green hillside above).

Dubdi Monastery

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Dubdi monastery (oldest monastery in Sikkim located on a hilltop. Discourse in front of the Norbugang Chorten.

Visit Buddha Park, one of the landmark in Sikkim, Statue of Shakyamuni Buddha.

Tashidang Monastery

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Visit to the most sacred and holiest monasteries in Sikkim, Tashidang monastery, navel point of the holy places in Sikkim.

Tantrayana Master and the Mahan Tantric of his Days ‘Guru Padmasambhava’ made his miraculous visit to this hill in 8th century C.E, considered the heart among the holy places in Sikkim.

Guru Padmasambhava, was in search of a place to meditate, he shot an arrow into the air and it fell here. He took this location to do one of his Tantrayana practices and buried many space treasures here.

Guru Padmasambhava, also taught  Great compassion Sadhana here. In this location is also a vase made of five types of prized jewels, divine soil and holy water said to have been gathered by Padmasambhava from sacred centers in the various Himalayan regions.

With time this location came to be known as Tashiding “The Devoted Central Glory”.

Dark Retreat at Buddhist Monastery (3 Days)

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3 Days Dark Retreat – from before sunrise to after sunset.

99.9% of the Universe is dark matter. The ancient sages call it the primordial womb of the Goddess.

An ancient practice born in the caves of the Himalayas empowers us to break free from all that is holding us from breaking the patterns of the mind.

Darkness repairs the body, while light breaks the body. During the day the body is torn, tired and bombarded with information and outer movements.

At night we all long for a beautiful dark space, which renews us, repairs us and rejuvenates us.

Life is born out of darkness; the darkness of the womb gives birth to life. The seed has to be kept in darkness, in the womb of the earth, before it can break to sprout itself and start a new life.

Imagine the freshness and liveliness when one is immersed in total darkness for days. Unplugging from all external hindrances and only embracing what is inside, to tap into the unknown you.

Gurdwara Nanak Lama

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Commemorating the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak         

In reverence to this we will visit one of the most remote Gurdwaras, dedicated to Guru Nanak in the Northeast Himalayas.

In his travels, Guru Nanak visited this sacred land in order to unite the Karmapa Nyingmapa sects with the Gelugpa sect.

Many from the Karmapa Nyingmapa sect were the devotees of Guru Nanak, as their head Lamas became Guru Nanak’s devout at Mount Kailash and recognized him as a reincarnation of Guru Padmasambhava.

Guru Nanak’s footprints, a robe and a water-carrying utensil are preserved at Lachen Gompha. Here the locals refer to Guru Nanak as “Rinpoche Nanak Guru”.

At this location, Guru Nanak planted his walking stick which, with time, became alive as the awakened one infused Prana into it. Today it stands as a tree, bearing witness. Taking shelter under the guiding hand of the awakened one, can awaken you.  

We will bow our heads in reverence at the location where the Guru of the world sat in meditation and unity; everyone under the umbrella of Ik Ongkaar, we are all one.

Gangtok & Tsomgo Lake

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We will arrive in Gangtok, the capital of the mountainous northern Indian state of Sikkim and a Buddhist pilgrimage site, on October 13th and spend our last four nights here at the lovely Lemon Tree Hotel. We will have the opportunity to do some shopping and visit Tsomgo Lake, a stunning glacial lake about 40 kilometers from Gangtok at an altitude of 12,310 feet.

 

TRAVEL DETAILS

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Indian Visa
Please apply for your Indian visa here:
https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/

The visa holder can stay in the country for no more than 90 or 180 calendar days, depending on the nationality. The applicant should carry a copy of the Indian visa along with him/her at the time of travel. The Indian Tourist e-Visa is valid for entry through 28 designated Airports and 5 designated seaports

Arrival October 6th
Arrive at Bagdogra Airport (IXB) (if possible arrive before 1pm to leave time for the 5 hour drive and start time of 6pm)
Departure October 17th
Depart from Bagdogra Airport (after 12pm)

Arrive on Oct 6th by 6pm to:
Chumbi Mountain Retreat & Spa
Naku Chumbong, Pelling, West Sikkim, India – 737111

Please schedule your airport (IXB) pickup with the hotel in advance. Total drive time is 5 hours. This is an additional fee you will be responsible for.

Hotel Contact:
1) Romin Chhetri – Mobile : +91-9933114414 
Email: romin@thechumbimountainretreat.com

2)  Front Desk (Hemant Mukhia / Pemba Lama)
Mobile : +91-9933126619, +91-9933112786