Wonderful Indonesia: Borobudur and Bali:
Embracing Buddhism, Hinduism and Nature in the largest Islamic nation:
January 7- January 15, 2019 - US$ 4950

Extension to Kalimantan: to see Orangutan and the Rain Forest:
January 15 - January 18, 2019 - US$ 1950

with Dharmacharya Shantum Seth

For futher information & registration please contact us at info@buddhapath.com

 

Day

Date

Day

Travel

Night's Stay

1

7th Jan

Monday

Arrive in Adisutjipto International Airport, Yogyakarta

Borobudur

2

8th Jan

Tuesday

Java

Borobudur

3

9th Jan

Wednesday

Java

Borobudur

4

10th Jan

Thursday

Fly to Denpasar Airport, Bali

Lovina

5

11th Jan

Friday

Bali

Lovina

6

12th Jan

Saturday

Bali

Ubud

7

13th Jan

Sunday

Bali

Ubud

8

14th Jan

Monday

Bali

Ubud

9

15th Jan

Tuesday

Departure/ Indonesia - Ext

Kalimantan

10

16th Jan

Wednesday

Indonesia - Ext

Kalimantan

11

17th Jan

Thursday

Indonesia - Ext

Kalimantan

12

18th Jan

Friday

Departure

 

TEACHER BIOGRAPHY:
Dharmacharya Shantum Seth, an ordained dharma teacher in the Zen Buddhist lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh, is the foremost expert on sites associated with the Buddha and has been leading pilgrimages since 1988. He worked with the United Nations on volunteering, peace, and social development for more than 15 years, and is currently a Senior Advisor to the World Bank and on the Advisory board to the Minister of Tourism, on pilgrimage tourism. He has co-authored books such as Walking with the Buddha and been a consultant for films like BBC-Discovery’s Life of the Buddha and BBC-PBS’s The Story of India. He has been promoting Mindfulness in Education and with the police through the non-profit Ahimsa Trust.

DAILY SCHEDULE & SPECIAL EXCURSIONS

Day 01: 07 January 2019 (Monday): ARRIVAL YOGYAKARTA  
Upon arrival in Yogyakarta, our friendly airport representative will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. We will meet as a group later in the day and have an orientation. After that you can spend your time exploring the surroundings or just relaxing in the hotel.

Day 02: 08 January 2019 (Tuesday):
CITY TOUR - PRAMBANAN TEMPLE – SUNSET AT RATU BOKO

We will visit Sultan Palace or ‘Kraton”, built in the grand and elegant Javanese architectural style. It lies in the centre of the municipality. It was built in 1970 by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono I, and it is also a model of traditional Javanese palace architecture. Till date, Kraton still serves as the Sultan’s Palace.

We go to Kota Gede “big town“, in the old part of Yogyakarta which is well known for its numerous coffee shops. At a stop at the local House we will be served the famous Java coffee or tea. Afterwards we will travel by “Becak” (traditional bike taxi) to visit the “Monggo” chocolate factory where we will see the process of producing chocolate and we can buy some goodies to eat or take home as presents.

We drive you to Prambanan village to visit the Prambanan Temple. The Hindu temple of the “slender virgin”, also known as a complex of Lorojongrang, was erected in the 9th century while Java was ruled by the Hindu Sanjayas of Old Mataram in the north. It is generally considered to be Java's most elegant and inspiring temple. It consists of 3 major temples/shrines in the main area dedicated to the respected Hindu Trinity- Candi Shiva Mahadeva, Candi Brahma & Candi Vishnu. You will have enough time to walk around and observe the beautiful carvings and the neighbourhood shrines such as the Candi Plaosan and The Candi Sewu. The Ramayana story is carved into the walls of the temples.

Our next stop is Candi Kalasan, also known as Candi Kalibening, an 8th century CE Buddhist temple in Java. Enjoy the sunset at Ratu Boko Palace often called Kraton Ratu Boko. It is located about 3 km south of Prambanan. It is built during the 8th century CE by the Buddhist Syailendra Dynasty, but then the Hindu Mataram kings took over the place. This takeover makes Kraton Ratu Boko full of Hindu and Buddhist references.

Day 03: 09 January 2019 (Wednesday):
SUNRISE AT BOROBUDUR TEMPLE – CANDIREJO VILLAGE TOUR

We rise early and head to the stunning Borobudur Temple before the sun comes up. In around 850 CE, the temple was deserted when the Hindu Majapahit Empire overthrew the Sailendra Dynasty. Borobudur is the largest single Buddhist monument in the Southern Hemisphere. Here you can climb the steps, and along the way see the 1640 relief panels and 504 Buddha effigies within the complex. Enjoy your breakfast at the best venue overlooking the stupa of Borobudur. If we have time, we will also visit Candirejo village, traveling by Andong, a horse drawn buggy, giving you a chance to meet local people and see the farms and plantations.

Other Buddhist temples we will visit are Candi Pawon, a Buddhist temple in Central Java and Candi Mendut which were built during the Sailendra dynasty. Mendut is the oldest of the three temples including Pawon and Borobudur.

Arrive back at the Hotel                                                                               

Day 04: 10 January 2019 (Thursday)           YOGYAKARTA - BALI BY FLIGHT

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Yogyakarta airport and catch your next flight to Denpasar. Upon arrival, we will be transferred directly to our hotel in Lovina, North Bali.

Note: the trip from Denpasar airport to Lovina hotel will take about 3-4 hours by road.

Day 05: 11 January 2019 (Friday): BRAHMA VIHARA ARAMA & NORTH BALI

After breakfast we will gather in the hotel lobby to begin our exploration of South Bali. Our first stop is the village of Banjar, where we will take a dip in the hot springs and let the warm water soothe and refresh us.

We continue to the Brahma Vihara Arama, Bali’s largest Buddhist monastery which opened in 1970.  Brahmavihara-Arama comprises a hectare of hillside with numerous meditation rooms, libraries, beautiful gardens, and an impressive mini replica of the world's largest Buddhist archaeological site, Borobudur, on its highest Brahma Vihara Arama grounds location in the Banjar District of Buleleng near Lovina in North Bali.

Our next stop is Candi Kuning, the colourful fruit and flower market located in the middle of Bedugul. Here you will be able to mingle with the locals and taste some of the different and unique tropical fruits.
Ulun Danu Temple is next. Lake Bratan is the mist filled lake of Mt Bratan. It houses Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a temple built entirely on small islands and is dedicated to Dewi Danu, the water goddess. The scenery here is stunning and the climate is usually a bit cooler than her seaside cousins to the south.

Start the drive south through the centre of Bali, the first stop being Git-git Waterfall. Enjoy an easy hike down through the tropical plantation and the beauty of the 35-metre drop will take your breath away.

Head back to the hotel where you will arrive in time for dinner.

Day 06: 12 January 2019 (Saturday): BEJI TEMPLE & UBUD

After breakfast, we will transfer to our our next hotel in Ubud.

Still in North Bali, we will stop at Beji Temple in Sangsit Village, the temple dedicated to Dewi Sri, the Goddess of fertility who represents irrigation.

Continuing along, we stop at the top of Kintamani, enjoying the
faboulus view of Mt Batur and Lake Batur (weather permitting). Lunch 
is served at a local restaurant.  
Beji Temple       
On the way to Ubud we will stop at a local coffee plantation, watching and learn the processing of coffee. We will get to taste the different types of hot drinks on offer.

Arrive in Ubud and visit the charming Monkey Forest where we will come in contact with Bali’s cheekiest inhabitants.

Day 07: 13 January 2019 (Sunday): EASTERN BALI & BESAKIH TEMPLE TOUR

An early morning start will take us along the south east coastline of Bali, where our first stop will be at Kusamba beach, home of many traditional sea salt harvesters. Goa Lawah ‘Bat Cave’ is the next stop on this tour, then it is on to Tenganan. Tenganan, more commonly known as Bali Aga, is the home of original inhabitants of Bali before Hinduism.

We continue through the east coast of Bali through Amlapura and to the Water Palace known as Tirta Gangga. Here we will be served lunch at Tirta Ayu Restaurant, overlooking the many pools and gardens with a view over the ocean to Lombok.

Besakih Temple is the next stop on this tour.
Besakih Temple is the largest and holiest Hindu Temple in Bali. It is comprised of 23 separate temples, perched nearly 1000 meters up the side of Mount Agung. The temple was designed to lead the spiritual people upwards and closer to the top of the Mountain, which is believed to be sacred.

Feel a spiritual presence as you walk through the temple.

We will learn about the history of each temple.
*Please note correct attire must be worn into Besakih Temple, covering hands and legs.

Day 08: 14 January 2019 (Monday): HOLY SPRING AND TEMPLES TOUR

After departing from the hotel, drive to the sacred temple & holy spring of Tampaksiring. Before we arrive at the temple we will stop at Tegalalang to take advantage of the beautiful rice terrace views. This is a fabulous photo stop and one that should not be missed.
Located close by is Gunung Kawi, which are 11th century tombs carved into a rock face, near Tampaksiring. The countryside here is extremely lush, and the footpath leading down to the temple passes through stunningly beautiful rice terraces.

A little further along the footpath is a beautiful temple, still very much in use, with lovely rock carvings and a fabulous carved Garuda bird perched on the roof of one of the pavillions. Finally, visit the Elephant caves at Bedulu. The site is said to have been constructed in the early 11th century CE and was once used by Buddhist monks as a monastery.

Day 09: 15 January 2019 (Tuesday): CHECK OUT  
We will have a closing circle today after some free time to explore beautiful Bali.

Cost includes:
•    Accommodation at selected hotels with daily breakfast
•    All Meals
•    Local Guide (besides the Tour Leader Dharmacharya Shantum Seth)
•    Tours and transfers as mentioned by air-conditioned vehicle
•    Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
•    Service charge and current government VAT tax  

Tour excludes:
•    VISA – Indonesia has visa on arrival for non-ASEAN citizens
•    Please make sure you have 6 months passport validity. We can help for visa on arrival if request.
•    VISA stamp fee at the arrival airport (US$45.00 pay at custom check-in)
•    Early/late check in/out service at hotels (surcharge if request)
•    Tips and gratuities
•    Services and meals if not mentioned in itinerary
•    All drinks, including water, soft drink and alcohol on all included or optional excursion
•    Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
•    Travel Insurance (Compulsory)

EXTENSION JOURNEY - KALIMANTAN:

Day 09: 15 January 2019 (Tuesday):
BALI – PANGKALAN BUN KALIMANTAN – LOPUS DAYAK VILLAGE

After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Denpasar airport and catch our next flight to Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan.

We drive from the airport to Lopus Village, which will take around 4 hours. Upon our arrival in Lopus Village we will be greeted by the local  Garung Pantan, a beginning ceremony before entering the village. After the ceremony, we will check into the local homestay. After dark, there is a ceremony called Ikat Tongang. Lead by a Shaman, this ceremony is to introduce us to the universe, and each one of us will be given a bracelet to protect us from bad spirits while on our visit to the village. In the evening after dinner we will welcomed by the Dayak Tomun with their Bagondang ceremony. Here we might be allow to dance with the Dayak people while they serve us with local rice wine. Enjoy the ceremony and head back to the longhouse / local homestay for the night.

Day 10: 16 January 2019 (Wednesday): 
LOPUS DAYAK VILLAGE – HOUSEBOAT TANJUNG PUTING

Early morning is lively in Dayak community when they go to the rice field for working, or just go to the forest for agriculture. Walk close to our homestay and we will get to the river to see the daily activity of Dayak Tomun. Breakfast will be served at 07.00, and at 08.00 we will depart for Kumai, which takes around 4-5 hours. Upon our arrival in Kumai, we will be transferred to a houseboat, Lunch will be on board.

Afterwards, we will boat down Kumai River for about 45 minutes to reach Seikonyer River, the main river in Tanjung Puting National Park. Cruising up the Seikonyer River we will enjoy seeing the greenery around the river bank, Nipa Palm, Pandanus, and the mangrove trees around the river. See some wildlife such as birds, Macaque, Proboscis Monkey and Orangutan. Time permitting, we will visit Tanjung Harapan at 15.00 PM to see the Orangutan feeding.

We go back to the boat and continue the cruise to observe and learn more about the Proboscis monkeys we will see along the river banks. Proboscis monkeys are found only in the island of Borneo. After dinner in the Houseboat, we check into Rimba Lodge.

Day 11: 17 January 2019 (Thursday):
ORANG UTAN AT PONDOK TANGGUI & CAMP LEAKEY

Check out from Rimba Lodge, and board our boat at 07.00, cruising up to Sekonyer River. Breakfast will be served on the boat. Our next destination is Pondok Tanggui, which takes around 1.5 hours slow boating to see the Orangutan Feeding at 09.00.

After that we will take a short walk into the forest and go back to the boat and continue to Camp Leakey, another 2.5 hours’ slow cruising upstream.

We will have time to relax, enjoy the fresh air or do some primate spotting and watch the different birds that fly over the river. Stork-Billed Kingfisher, Brahminy Kite, Crested Serpent Eagle or the endangered species Storm Stork will be an exciting challenge to spot. Our next destination is Camp Leakey, the legendary Orangutan Rehabilitation Camp, where the well-known conservationist Prof. Birute Marija Filomena  Galdikas began her study in early 1971. Boating through a side creek through tea-coloured water where we will see the magnificent reflection of the vegetation along the river, and if lucky we will spot the fresh water crocodile and other wildlife attractions along the river banks.

After having lunch and departing in Camp Leakey, we plan to spend the rest of the day hiking through the Borneo rainforest, exploring the peat swamp forest, lowland dipterocarp habitat, searching for wildlife or enjoying the varieties of fungi, orchid, slipper orchid, moss and ferns, then enjoying the Orangutan feeding time at 14.00 pm. At 16.00 we depart for Pesalat. We will have an hour to relax before darkness sets in.

Stay overnight on the boat.

Day 12: 18 January 2019 (Friday):
PESALAT REFORESTATION – KUMAI – AIRPORT TRANSFER

We may be woken up early because of the sound of the jungle, and the Agile Gibbon’s singing in the early morning. After breakfast, we proceed down the river to Pasalat Camp. This takes around 3 hours, and this is the best time to see wildlife, including wild Orangutan foraging for food in the river banks. Challenge yourself to spot the different birds you have just learnt about.
After arriving in Pesalat, we will hike up on the boardwalk for 800 metres and then 200 metres on flat land. In this camp we will have the chance to plant local fruit trees for the orangutan and this is also a carbon-offset program. This program helps support the national park to replant the trees around the ex-forest fire areas and to spread fruit trees for the animals in this park. As the saplings grow, photosynthesis will take place, producing oxygen, which will counterbalance all the carbon we produce (payment for our carbon footprint).

After planting trees, we will cruise down to Kumai. Enjoying coffee in the boat while exploring the river in the day, we may meet Orangutan foraging in the trees around the river bank if we are lucky. This will be an incredible experience. The long-snout crocodile is also often basking in the sun on the river bank when the weather is fine. Birdlife is also commonly seen. It takes around 2 hours from Pesalat to Kumai, then 30 minutes to transfer to the airport in Pangkalan Bun.

TO REGISTER
A non-refundable deposit of $500 U.S. per person is required at the time of booking.  The remainder of the cost of the pilgrimage is due by November 1, 2018.

CANCELLATION: For cancellations received up to eight weeks before the commencement of the journey only the deposit will be forfeited.  The cancellation fee within eight weeks of the beginning of the journey will be 100% of the total cost.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: The range of coverage can vary significantly from policy to policy, and travelers are encouraged to speak with a travel agency to identify a policy that suits their needs.  Things to consider are travel delays, trip cancellation or interruption, medical coverage, and baggage loss or delay.  Before purchasing insurance, you may wish to check with your health insurance carrier to see if your policy includes medical care overseas.  Please note that many insurance carriers require that insurance be purchased at the time a deposit or final payment is made; check with your carrier for details. 

ARRIVAL: Arrival is at Yogakarta airport and departure is from Denpasar (Bali) or Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan.
(if you are staying on for the Extension).

DEPARTURE: We will do a complimentary airport transfer for your departure.

EXTRA NIGHTS: For those wishing an extra day or two to recover from air travel before the journey begins, or who wish to stay longer after the journey ends, we would be happy to provide a list of hotels and options.  Please make your hotel bookings well in advance, as January is a busy travel month.

SINGLE ROOM: Single rooms are available and there is a single room supplement.

For single travelers who do NOT want to opt for a single room, we will undertake to room them with someone suitable.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRIP

Visa Information

A visa is not required to visit Indonesia for a stay of up to 30 days and if entering at designated international airports.

The traveler must be in possession of a passport valid for 6 months beyond stay and a round-trip or onward ticket. 

Tourist short visit entry without a visa is currently available at the following entry points: 
International Airports: 
1. Jakarta – Soekarno Hatta International Airport 
2. Bali – Ngurah Rai International Airport 
3. Medan – Kualanamu International Airport 
4. Surabaya – Juanda International Airport 
5. Batam – Hang Nadim International Airport 

https://indonesia.travisa.com/VisaInstructions.aspx?

 

(Please note that Shantum Seth will only lead the pilgrimage if there is a minimum of 8 registrants. Otherwise it will be led by a person trained by Shantum)

Led by: Dharmacharya Shantum Seth

 

 

 

 

For futher information & registration please contact us at info@buddhapath.com
 

 

*Forced single room supplement (in case we are not able to room you with anyone else) will be 50% of the single supplement)

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