8 days in Varanasi, Rajgir & Ranchi Itinerary

8 days in Varanasi, Rajgir & Ranchi Itinerary

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8 days in Varanasi, Rajgir & Ranchi Itinerary

Start: Kolkata (Calcutta)
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Varanasi
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
2
Rajgir
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Ranchi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Kolkata (Calcutta)

3
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.
Varanasi is known for historic sites, nature, shopping, spas, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Banaras Ghats, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Vishwanath Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Varanasi road trip planning app .

Kolkata (Calcutta) to Varanasi is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In December, Varanasi is a bit cooler than Kolkata (Calcutta) - with highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rajgir.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Spas Tours
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Ganges River
Ganges River
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Rajgir

Rajgir ©
Rajgir is a city and a notified area in Nalanda district in the Indian state of Bihar. On the 29th (Sun), admire the striking features of Vishwa Shanti Stupa and then walk around Pandu Pokhar. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Xuan Zang ( Hsuen Tsang ) Memorial, admire the landmark architecture of Xuan Zang Memorial, and then take in the awesome beauty at Griddhakuta Peak.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Rajgir road trip website .

Getting from Varanasi to Rajgir by car takes about 7.5 hours. December in Rajgir sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ranchi.

Things to do in Rajgir

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Xuan Zang Memorial
Highlights from your plan
Pandu Pokhar ©
Pandu Pokhar
Vishwa Shanti Stupa ©
Vishwa Shanti Stupa
Xuan Zang Memorial ©
Xuan Zang Memorial

2
nights
Ranchi

Ranchi ©
Ranchi sits on the Chota Nagpur Plateau, its elevation of 651 m (2,136 ft) giving it a relatively mild climate by the region's standards.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): admire the verdant scenery at Patratu Valley, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pahari Mandir, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jagannath Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Math. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): get to know the resident critters at Birsa Zoological Park, then admire the sheer force of Dassam Falls, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Deori Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ranchi journey builder app .

Getting from Rajgir to Ranchi by car takes about 7 hours. In December, daytime highs in Ranchi are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ranchi

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Patratu Valley ©
Patratu Valley
Jagannath Temple ©
Jagannath Temple
Dassam Falls ©
Dassam Falls

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