Buddhist Circuit with Wildlife Safari Tour (11 Nights/12 Days)

Destinations Covered: Delhi, Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, Varanasi, Sarnath, Sravasti, Lumbini, Kapilvastu, Kushinagar, Kesaria, Vaishali, Nalanda, Rajgir, Bodhgaya.

Overview:The perfect balance of culture, spirituality and wildlife. After your arrival in Delhi, head north toward the Himalayas.

You will stay at Jim Corbett National Park, famous for its high tiger population (more than 220 as per last census). Go on a safari drive and discover elephants, deer, the majestic leopard, and bears.

Continue your journey to the marvellous city of Varanasi, home to numerous religious sites.

You will then follow in the footsteps of Buddha by visiting major Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar.

This tour will also take you the three major sites of miracles performed by Buddha (Sravasti, Vaishali and Rajgir).

In addition, you will travel to the highest stupa (Kesaria) and one of the oldest universities(Nalanda) in the world.

Highlights of the tour:

  • The 4 major places of Buddhist pilgrimage mentioned by the Buddha (Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar)
  • The 3 places of supreme miracles (Sravasti, Vaishali, Rajgir)
  • Delhi,the capital city of India
  • Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, one of the finest national parks in the world, having the highest number of tigers on the planet.
  • 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites (Bodhgaya and Lumbini)
  • The highest stupa in the world (Kesaria)
  • One of the oldest universities in the world (Nalanda)

Itinerary:

Day Location Details Visiting
1 Delhi Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport. Overnight stay at hotel.  
2 Delhi to Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve Transfer to Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve by bus. Night stay at hotel in Corbett. Evening bird watching tour at Corbett Tiger Reserve with naturalist.
3 Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve Morning and afternoon wildlife safari in open Jeep. Wildlife safari in Bijrani and Jhirna zone of Corbett National Park.
4 Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve to Delhi Transfer to Delhi from Corbett Tiger Reserve bybus. Relax at your hotel in Delhi.  
5 Delhi to Varanasi Morning departure to Delhi airport. Transfer to hotel in Varanasi. Sightseeing tour to Sarnathafter lunch. Dhamek Stupa, Dharmrajika Stupa, Asoka Pillar, Pancayatna, Mulgandhkuti, Chaukhandi, Sarnath museum and different monasteries and temples.
6 Varanasi to Sravasti Morning boat rideon the river Ganges and sightseeing in Varanasi. Afer lunch travel to Sravasti Overnight stay at hotel in Sravasti. Ghats of Ganges and different temples in Varanasi.
7 Sravasti to Lumbini (Nepal) Morning sightseeing at Sahet and Mahet in Sravasti. After lunch travel to Lumbini. Overnight at Lumbini (Nepal). JetavanVihar, Gandhkuti, Anand Bodhi Tree,KosambiKuti, Stupa H, Angulimal Stupa, Sudatta Stupa, Orajhar.
8 Lumbini to Kushinagar Morning sightseeing in Lumbini. Travel to Kushinagarafter lunch. Overnight stay in Kushinagar. Maya Devi Temple, Sanctum Santorum, Asoka Pillar, Puskarini, Kapilvastu, Kudan, Niglihawa, Ramagama Stupa, temples and monasteries of different countries.
9 Kusinagar to Kesaria and Vaishali Morning sightseeing in Kushinagar. Leave for Vaishaliafter lunch. Sightseeing in Kesaria en route. Overnight stay in Vaishali. Mahaparinibban Temple, Mahaparinibban Stupa, Cremation Stupa, Mathakunwar Shrine, Kesaria Stupa.
10 Vaishali to Nalanda, Rajgir and Bodhgaya Morning sightseeing in Vaishali. Travel to Bodhgaya. Sightseeing at Nalanda and Rajgir en route. Overnight stay in Bodhgaya. Relic Stupa , Raj Vishal kaGarh, World Peace Pagoda, Asoka Pillar, Asoka Stupa, Monkey Tank, NalandaMahavihar, Veluvana, Vulture Peak, Bimbisar Prison, JivakamravanaVihar, SoneBhandar.
11 Bodhgaya Full day sightseeing in Bodhgaya, in the evening return to your hotel and relax. Mahabodhi Temple, Mahabodhi Tree, the Vajrasana, SujataKuti, Pragbodhi or Dungeswari, monasteries and temples of different countries.
12 Return to Delhi Departure for Delhi from Bodhgaya airport afterbreakfast.