Wednesday 28 March 2018
The biggest & most spectacular
Hindu Temple outside India!
Something completely different for Spring in 2018!
If you have not had the chance to go to INDIA, but love architecture …… and are fascinated by Hinduism and their the traditional places of worship, this is absolutely ideal Away-Day for you!
The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Temple) in Neasden was built by Pramukh Swami, a 92-year-old Indian sadhu (holy man), and is made of 2,828 tonnes of Bulgarian limestone and 2,000 tonnes of Italian marble, which was first shipped to India to be carved by a team of 1,526 sculptors. The temple cost £12 million to build and was designed and constructed entirely according to ancient Vedic architectural texts – using no structural steel whatsoever.
The Mandir is a humble tribute to the inexpressible beauty, majesty and glory of the Divine. Learn about the exquisite art and architecture, and how they are offered in adoration, reverence, and gratitude. Learn about how mandirs originated and developed into the elaborate buildings of today. Underlying them is the ancient discipline of sacred architecture called Vastu Shastra.
We will have a guided tour of the temple including Darshan (viewing of the sacred images), have the opportunity to visit the ‘Understanding Hinduism Exhibition’, earm about the history of the Mandir (as above), attend the morning Arti Ceremony and enjoy a delicious Buffet Lunch in the temple’s Shayona Restaurant.
Learn about Diwali, one of the most important and colourful festivals of the Hindu calendar. It is a time when charity, goodwill, family values and the love of God are celebrated and reinforced. Diwali thus celebrates the triumph of good over evil and is a reminder to dispel inner darkness with the light of God’s presence. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London hosts the largest Diwali and Hindu New Year celebrations in the country. Open to one and all, the celebrations are an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the traditions, colours and rich culture of the Hindu faith.
We were on tour in India during Diwali and it was the most wonderful experience ever. Being surrounded by millions of ‘marigolds’ wherever we went was particularly memorable!
So don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to visit & understand Hinduism whilst visiting this beautiful temple …… and you don’t even have to go to India!
NB. Please note that a strict dress code operates within the complex. Specifically, tops must cover the shoulders, chest, navel, and upper arms.
Leg-wear must be at least below knee-length.
PLEASE ASK FOR AN ITINERARY BY EMAIL, or see details below, along with the online booking form.
Luxury Coach Travel
Leaves from Botley Road,
Only FOUR local pick-ups
Gosport, Lee on the Solent
Stubbington & Fareham
Preferred seating on coach
Donation to the Temple
Exhibition Entry Fee
2-course Indian Buffet Lunch V
inclusive of gratuity
Complimentary wine & nibbles
Solent Events Tour Manager
View the Itinerary
0645 Coach leaves Coliseum Coach Depot
0730 Coach leaves Stokes Bay– – Sailing Club Bus Shelter by Pebbles
0740 Pick-up at Lee on the Solent – Bus stop opposite seafront shops
0750 Pick up at Stubbington – Red Lion
0800 Pick up at Fareham – Peak Lane
1030 Arrive Neasden, North London
1145 Arti Ceremony
FREE TIME/Guided Tour
1300 Buffet Lunch
FREE TIME/Guided Tour
1630 Meet coach TBC
Complimentary wine & nibbles served
1900 Arrive in home area
The above itinerary is only PROVISIONAL, but will give you an idea of the proposed time schedule.
Coach seats are allocated on a first come first served basis, after Privilege Club Members.
Couples & friends will always be seated together. Large parties will be seated together as far as possible.
Preferred choice of area will be taken into consideration, but cannot be guaranteed.
Solent Events & Leisure reserve the right to alter the final tour itinerary as necessary if circumstances change beyond their control.
NB. Please do not ask us to pick-up or drop-off at stops not specifically listed above, as unfortunately we are unable to do so.
2-COURSE AUTHENTIC INDIAN BUFFET
3 x Curries
2 x types of rice
2 x types salad
Pickles, Chutneys & Papadums
All dietary requirements catered for when requested at time of booking.
What Our Customers Are Saying
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We so enjoyed ourselves on Tuesday Lin, and it was a “mystery” right up until 3pm – well done. I’m so glad I found Solent Events. It’s so much more fun going with other like-minded people & takes the responsibility out of driving.Maureen Colyer
Dear Lin, Thank you for sending the photographs from ‘Collabro’ at the BIC. We had a lovely first outing with Solent Events. Thanks for all the hard work you put into it.Linda Hunt
Hi Lin, Just a quick thank you from us both for arranging such a brilliant day yesterday. We had such a lovely time and the hi-light for us was the steam train trip! Looking forward to the next Mystery TourSue & Bert Barnes