15 days in Lumbini & Bodh Gaya Itinerary

15 days in Lumbini & Bodh Gaya Itinerary

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15 days in Lumbini & Bodh Gaya Itinerary

Start: San Diego, United States
Fly + Drive:  37 h
1
Lumbini, Nepal
— 6 nights
Drive:  12 h
2
Bodh Gaya, India
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  31 h
End: San Diego, United States

6
nights
Lumbini, Nepal

Lumbini ©
An important place of Buddhist pilgrimage, Lumbini represents the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha.
Explore Lumbini's surroundings by going to Ramgram Stupa (in Parasi) and Ranighat Palace (in Tansen). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maya Devi Temple, explore the ancient world of Kudan Stupa, pause for some photo ops at Lumbini, and make a trip to Eternal Peace Flame.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Lumbini trip planner.

San Diego, USA to Lumbini is an approximately 37-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13 hours traveling from San Diego to Lumbini. Traveling from San Diego in March, expect Lumbini to be a bit warmer, temps between 86°F and 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Bodh Gaya.

Things to do in Lumbini

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ranighat Palace, Ramgram Stupa
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Maya Devi Temple ©
Maya Devi Temple
Lumbini Monastic Site ©
Lumbini Monastic Site
World Peace Pagoda ©
World Peace Pagoda

5
nights
Bodh Gaya, India

Bodh Gaya ©
One of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world, Bodh Gaya has risen to international fame as the place where Prince Siddhartha sat under the Bodhi tree and gained enlightenment some 2,600 years ago.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bodhi Tree. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Mahabodhi Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple, hike along Cankamana, and contemplate the waterfront views at Muchalinda Lake.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bodh Gaya online itinerary builder.

Drive from Lumbini to Bodh Gaya in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Lumbini in April, expect nights in Bodh Gaya to be about the same, around 72°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 102°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bodh Gaya

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trip

Gaya
Highlights from your plan
Bodhi Tree ©
Bodhi Tree
Mahabodhi Temple ©
Mahabodhi Temple
Great Buddha Statue ©
Great Buddha Statue

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