34th Kalachakra is scheduled to take place in January 2017. Although the official dates are not announced yet, it will most certainly be held in early January because Kalachakra event usually last around 12 days and the final day is always held on the auspicious day of Kalachakra full moon. 12 January 2017 happened to be one such day according to Tibetan calendar. So, Kalachakra 2017 should take place in the first two week of January 2016.
For the 5th time, Bodhgaya is fittingly the location for Kalachakra 2017.Bodhgaya is the most sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhist. The town is located at 110 km from Patna, capital of Bihar in east India bordering Nepal to its north. The place is well connected with all major cities and towns in India, with daily flight and trains operating to and fro. The town can be reached by bus, taxi or other commuting facilities.
Yes. Registration is required to attend the Kalachakra event. Registration will be made available Online very soon by official organizer. Devotees can also register in-person after reaching the venue but it could mean a long wait time as the place will be thronged by devotees. There is no payment or fee required for Online or in-person registration. Neither the organizing committee for Kalachakra 2017 nor Kalachakra tour organizer like Omalaya Travel will charge any registration fee for the Kalachakra
Yes. Omalaya – award winning Franco-Tibetan tour operator and recommended by Petiit Fute,France travel guide as most innovative travel company of year 2016 will run our special Kalachakra 2017 Tour Package. Omalaya’s Kalachakra Tour guided by Hermit Tsepel, an ordained monk and an expert on Buddhism, the journey will be unlike any other. Omalaya is an expert in the field of spiritual journeys and Kalachakra 2017 is currently our flagship programme.
The previous Kalachakra in Ladakh saw 300,000 people flock in and it could get more crowded and put a strain on availability of good accommodation. But there is option to stay in hotel,guest house and temple. Advanced booking is advised.
The cost and availability of Ticket is a major concern for the devotees coming in from afar as Delhi-Gaya-Delhi will be sold out. But you may fly to Patna which is 4 hours drive to Bodhgaya with multiple flight from Delhi and other part of India. Alternatively, Delhi to Varanasi flight is good option with 5 hours drive on national highway to Bodhgaya.
For detailed information about our Kalachakra 2017 package, visit Omalaya’s Kalachakra Tour . Our tour fee covers accommodation, domestics air tickets, transport, meals, local tours and guides in Bodhgaya, Varanasi and Delhi.
Tashi's Tip for Kalachakra 2017 - Bodhgaya devotees
Tip 1. HOW IS THE WEATHER DURING KALACHAKRA 2017?
Mind the fog in Delhi and Northern India
As Kalachakra teaching will take place during the winter month of January in India, Delhi would be engulfed in dense fog. Many of trains inbound to Delhi and out runs late and even gets canceled. So there will be numerous rescheduling of trains. The fog scene affects the operation of flights too but not as much as trains. So, It is a good move to fly few days ahead to Delhi or better still, make arrangement to arrive few days ahead in Bodhgaya or Delhi.
Tip 2. WHAT TYPE OF CLOTHES SHOULD I CARRY
Warm outfits and rain gear
India in general is very warm but no so during the winter months in northern India. It could be very cold when fog engulfs as temperature drops to minimum So bring ore warm clothes than you thin you will need rain coat and a boot will be helpful as Bodhgaya can get very muddy as it did during Kalachakra 2012. Throw in a sleeping bag too if you are planning to stay in tents the Kalachakra organizer puts up.
Tip 3. IS THERE ANYTHING SPECIFIC I SHOULD KNOW AS A TRAVELER TO BODHGAYA
Super Insider Tip: What is in the name of the hotels?
You need to double-check the names of hotels or guest house you are booking or being offered as a part of your tour package. There is no enforcement of regulation in naming the hotels in this part of India. There is more than one hotel named Residency Hotel and many other named Bodhgaya. You need to verify that your individual booking is confirmed. Rooms made available just around the Kalachakra dates could charge exorbitant price. So book tour package early through reputed travel company who had experience of operating Kalachakra or Khumbu Mela tour. The tents put up by Kalachakra organizing committee is a value for money and recommended for budget traveler and pilgrim.
Tip 4. WILL I BE CHARGED EXORBITANT CHARGES?
The Surcharge on hotel and transportation
Just like any other religious events in India like Kumbh Mela and Pushkar festival, there is a surcharge on tariff on hotel and transportation during Kalachakra. Simply put, such surcharge is a common trade practice when demand exceeds the supply. Many hotels employ the practice of renting rooms based on 15 days package when Kalachakra event last less than 15 days. Kalachakra tour package like the one offered by Omalaya will help to cap on price. If you are an individual, it is advisable to book a package tour which will also take care of accommodation, ground and air transportation that includes the domestic air tickets. For those of you in a group, it is a good idea to do group booing of a hotel or guest house.
TIP 5. A LONG BUT SHORT CUT TO REACH BODHGAYA
Delhi to Gaya air ticket will be sold out by the time Kalachakra dates are confirmed. This particular route gets sold out anyways during winter month s many annual Buddhist prayer festivals are held there or the price would have sky rocketed due to the demand. You may fly to Varanasi or Patna from Delhi or from other parts of India. Varanasi is connected to Bodhgaya via National Highway that takes 4-5 hours of driving It is a good idea to take a detour before or after the Kalachakra to visit the holy sites of Ganges, Varanasi and Sarnath. Patna,the capital of Bihar is well connected by air with rest of India. From Patna, it takes 3-4 hours on slow road driving along railway tracks and villages to reach Bodhgaya. Gaya, the nearest railway station to Bodhgaya is well connected by train with rest of India. It is a good option as Bodhgaya is only 17 km from the station.
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