The Board of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art agreed in late 2012 to sponsor a trip to Tibet as an educational and awareness building activity. That idea blossomed into a multifaceted trip in September of 2013. Since that time, the Museum has also sponsored trips to Nepal in September 2014, Mongolia 2015, and India 2016. These trips are intimate (no more than 16 people) and offer the participants a chance to see the treasures of Asian that are related to Tibet culture and Buddhist Art
The First Annual trip ventured to area the areas of the globe that are connected to our Vision and Mission Statement. The founder, Jacques Marchais (1887-1948) intended the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art museum, begun in 1945, to serve as a bridge between Tibetan art and culture and the West. To accomplish this vision, Jacques Marchais amassed a significant collection of art and artifacts from Tibet, Northern China, Nepal, and Mongolia, and those regions that fell within the sphere of Tibetan Buddhism.
In September 2019, the Museum will travel to Sri Lanka for a 10 day tour. The tour will start in Colombo and end in Bentota. The trip will depart NY on August 30th and will leave Sri Lanka on September 9th.
Highlights of the Trip Include:
- Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
- Dambulla Cave Temple a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lank
- Minneriya National Park
- Sigirya,the 5th Century Fortress in the Sky also known as the Lion Rock
- Polonnaruwa, the Capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th – 13th century.
- Kandy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most sacred sites as it is home to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.
- Nuwara Eliya, the “Little England of Sri Lanka” and visit Sita Amman Temple and Gayatri Peetam Temple
- The Dutch Fort at Galle
- Turtle Farm Hatchery at Bentota.
All hotels are 5 Star and the trip includes Breakfast and Dinner. The cost of the trip is $500 per person donation to the Museum, and $940 Per Person double occupancy. There is a $505 Single Supplement. Included in the tour are entry fees to many of the temples and attractions. The airfare is approximately $1200 round trip and the Museum can assist with booking airfare.
For a complete itinerary and travel application please email Meg Ventrudo.