8 days in Varanasi, Bodh Gaya & Rishikesh Itinerary

8 days in Varanasi, Bodh Gaya & Rishikesh Itinerary

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8 days in Varanasi, Bodh Gaya & Rishikesh Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Varanasi
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Bodh Gaya
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
3
Rishikesh
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Bengaluru

2
nights
Varanasi

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sarnath and Banaras Ghats. Get some historical perspective at Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Golden Temple) and Birthplace of Sant Ravidas Seergovardhan Varanasi. And it doesn't end there: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate the waterfront views at Ganges River, don't miss a visit to Dasaswamedh Ghat, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Vishwanath Temple.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Varanasi trip planner .

Bengaluru to Varanasi is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Bengaluru in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Varanasi: highs are around 39°C and lows about 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Bodh Gaya.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Tours Nature
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Ganges River
Ganges River
Sarnath ©
Sarnath
Banaras Ghats ©
Banaras Ghats

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Bodhi Tree, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahabodhi Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chinese Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thai Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Root Institute, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Bhutan Monastery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bodh Gaya travel planner .

You can take a train from Varanasi to Bodh Gaya in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In July, daily temperatures in Bodh Gaya can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Rishikesh.

Things to do in Bodh Gaya

Historic Sites
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Mahabodhi Temple ©
Mahabodhi Temple
Royal Bhutan Monastery ©
Royal Bhutan Monastery
Thai Monastery ©
Thai Monastery

2
nights
Rishikesh

Rishikesh ©
Rishikesh draws in visitors of all creeds with its wealth of ashrams and yoga and meditation teaching centers.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ganga Aarti at Haridwar and Triveni Ghat. Har ki Pauri and Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple will appeal to history buffs. When in Rishikesh, make a side trip to see Shri Badrinath Ji Temple in Badrinath, approximately 34 minutes away. There's more to do: snap pictures at Lakshman Jhula and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Neelkanth Mahadev Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Rishikesh trip planner.

You can fly from Bodh Gaya to Rishikesh in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haridwar, Triveni Ghat, Shri Badrinath Ji Temple, Shri Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
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Ganga Aarti at Haridwar ©
Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Har ki Pauri ©
Har ki Pauri
Shri Badrinath Ji Temple ©
Shri Badrinath Ji Temple

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