7 days in Bodh Gaya & Varanasi Itinerary

7 days in Bodh Gaya & Varanasi Itinerary

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7 days in Bodh Gaya & Varanasi Itinerary

Start: Varanasi
train:  2​h 45​min
1
Bodh Gaya
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Varanasi
— 4 nights
End: Varanasi


2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bodhgaya Multimedia Museum as well as Mahabodhi Temple. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Bodhgaya Multimedia Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tibetan Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ratnaghara, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Metta Buddharam Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Burmese Vihara Monastary, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Rajayatna Tree. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Bhutan Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daijokyo Buddhist Temple, appreciate the history behind Great Buddha Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Thai Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vishnupad Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Mangla Gauri Temple.

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Varanasi to Bodh Gaya is an approximately 3-hour train ride. You can also drive. In April, daily temperatures in Bodh Gaya can reach 45°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Bodh Gaya

Historic Sites Museums

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Thai Monastery ©
Thai Monastery
Royal Bhutan Monastery ©
Royal Bhutan Monastery
Mahabodhi Temple ©
Mahabodhi Temple

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dhamek Stupa and Archaeological Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Ganges River, admire the striking features of Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath), don't miss a visit to Assi Ghat, and appreciate the history behind Ashoka Pillar.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Varanasi road trip site .

You can take a train from Bodh Gaya to Varanasi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Varanasi, expect temperatures between 45°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Golden Temple (Kashi Vishwanath) ©
Assi Ghat ©
Assi Ghat

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