8 days in India & Lumbini Itinerary

8 days in India & Lumbini Itinerary

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Start: Nagpur, India
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Varanasi, India
— 1 night
Drive:  9 h
2
Lumbini, Nepal
— 1 night
Drive:  9 h 15 min
3
Vaishali District, India
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Nalanda, India
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
5
Rajgir, India
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Bodh Gaya, India
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h
End: Nagpur, India

1
night
Varanasi, India

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 26th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Archaeological Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Vishalakshi Temple, and then stop by The Bed Silk & Pashmina.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Varanasi trip itinerary planning tool.

Nagpur to Varanasi is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Varanasi can reach 45°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lumbini.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Ganges River
Ganges River
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple ©
Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Archaeological Museum ©
Archaeological Museum

1
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Lumbini, Nepal

Lumbini ©
An important place of Buddhist pilgrimage, Lumbini represents the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudan Stupa, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mother Temple of the Graduated Path to Enlightenment, then pause for some photo ops at World Peace Pagoda, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maya Devi Temple. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lumbini Monastic Site, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Thai Monastery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Myanmar Golden Monastery.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lumbini trip planner.

Drive from Varanasi to Lumbini in 8.5 hours. You'll lose 0.2 hours traveling from Varanasi to Lumbini due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Varanasi in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Lumbini: temperatures range from 41°C by day to 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Vaishali District.

Things to do in Lumbini

Historic Sites
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Maya Devi Temple ©
Maya Devi Temple
Royal Thai Monastery ©
Royal Thai Monastery
Lumbini Monastic Site ©
Lumbini Monastic Site

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Vaishali District, India

Vaishali District ©
Vaishali district is a district in Bihar, India. On the 30th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Abhiskek Pushkarn (Coronation Tank), then admire the striking features of Vishwa Shanti Stupa, then steep yourself in history at Ashok Pillar, and finally steep yourself in history at Raja Vishal's Garh.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Vaishali District trip builder site.

You can drive from Lumbini to Vaishali District in 9.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Lumbini to Vaishali District is minus 0.2 hours. In April in Vaishali District, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Nalanda.

Things to do in Vaishali District

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Vishwa Shanti Stupa ©
Vishwa Shanti Stupa

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Nalanda, India

Nalanda ©
On the 1st (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gaon Mandir, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jal Mandir, appreciate the history behind Stupa of Sariputra, then take an in-depth tour of Nalanda Archaeological Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Xuanzang Memorial.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Nalanda travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Vaishali District to Nalanda takes 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 45°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Rajgir.

Things to do in Nalanda

Historic Sites Museums
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Jal Mandir ©
Jal Mandir
Nalanda Archaeological Museum ©
Nalanda Archaeological Museum
Stupa of Sariputra ©
Stupa of Sariputra

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Rajgir, India

Rajgir ©
Rajgir is a city and a notified area in Nalanda district in the Indian state of Bihar. On the 2nd (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Veerayatan, take in the awesome beauty at Griddhakuta Peak, then make a trip to Ashoka Stupa Peak, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Vishwa Shanti Stupa.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rajgir trip itinerary maker app.

Rajgir is very close to Nalanda. In May, daytime highs in Rajgir are 47°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Bodh Gaya.

Things to do in Rajgir

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Veerayatan ©
Veerayatan
Vishwa Shanti Stupa ©
Vishwa Shanti Stupa
Ashoka Stupa Peak ©
Ashoka Stupa Peak

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vishnupad Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahabodhi Temple, then trek along Cankamana, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Thai Monastery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bodh Gaya day trip planning site.

Getting from Rajgir to Bodh Gaya by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 47°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bodh Gaya

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trip

Vishnupad Temple
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Cankamana ©
Cankamana
Mahabodhi Temple ©
Mahabodhi Temple
Thai Monastery ©
Thai Monastery

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