4 days in Bodh Gaya & Varanasi Itinerary

4 days in Bodh Gaya & Varanasi Itinerary

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4 days in Bodh Gaya & Varanasi Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly + taxi:  8​h
1
Bodh Gaya
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Varanasi
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Chennai

1
night
Bodh Gaya

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metta Buddharam Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bodh Gaya trip planner .

Chennai (Madras) to Bodh Gaya is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chennai (Madras) in July, expect nights in Bodh Gaya to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are little chillier, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Bodh Gaya

Historic Sites
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Mahabodhi Temple ©
Mahabodhi Temple
Bodhi Tree ©
Bodhi Tree
Great Buddha Statue ©
Great Buddha Statue

2
nights
Varanasi

A sacred city for Hindus and thought by many to be the place where Buddhism formed as a religion, Varanasi leaves an imprint on the hearts and minds of visitors regardless of their creed, race, or religion.
On the 17th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Rajendraprasad Ghat, make a trip to Dasaswamedh Ghat, then don't miss a visit to Banaras Ghats, then explore the activities along Ganges River, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sarnath, take in the spiritual surroundings of Annapurna Devi Mandir, then admire the striking features of Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), and finally make a trip to Assi Ghat.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Varanasi travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Bodh Gaya to Varanasi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Varanasi can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Walking tours
Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath) ©
Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath)
Dasaswamedh Ghat ©
Dasaswamedh Ghat

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