9 days in Bihar, Kushinagar & Varanasi Itinerary

9 days in Bihar, Kushinagar & Varanasi Itinerary

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9 days in Bihar, Kushinagar & Varanasi Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Bodh Gaya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Rajgir
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
3
Nalanda
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Patna
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Kushinagar
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 15​min
6
Varanasi
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): make a trip to Bodhi Tree, admire the striking features of Mahabodhi Temple, then appreciate the history behind Great Buddha Statue, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Bhutan Monastery.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Bodh Gaya trip simple and quick.

New Delhi to Bodh Gaya is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. August in Bodh Gaya sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rajgir.

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

1
night
Rajgir

Rajgir ©
Rajgir is a city and a notified area in Nalanda district in the Indian state of Bihar. On the 30th (Fri), make a trip to Xuan Zang ( Hsuen Tsang ) Memorial, witness a stunning natural landmark at Rajgir Hot Springs, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Griddhakuta Peak.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rajgir trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bodh Gaya to Rajgir takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Rajgir are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nalanda.

Things to do in Rajgir

Nature Parks
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Rajgir Hot Springs ©
Rajgir Hot Springs
Xuan Zang ( Hsuen Tsang ) Memorial ©
Xuan Zang ( Hsuen Tsang ) Memorial

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hours
Nalanda

Nalanda
On the 31st (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kundalpur Digambar Jain temple.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nalanda trip planner .

Nalanda is very close to Rajgir. In August in Nalanda, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Patna.

Things to do in Nalanda

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

1
night
Patna

Patna
Occupying the southern bank of the famous Ganges River, the state capital of Patna combines an important religious and regal heritage with a fast-growing commercial and transport hub.
On the 31st (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Hanuman Mandir, then stop by Mridani, then walk around Buddha Smriti Park, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Golghar and then explore the ancient world of Nalanda University.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Patna trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Nalanda to Patna takes 2.5 hours. August in Patna sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Kushinagar.

Things to do in Patna

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Hanuman Mandir
Hanuman Mandir
Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji ©
Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji
Nalanda University ©
Nalanda University

2
nights
Kushinagar

Kushinagar ©
On the 2nd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Japanese Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ramabhar Stupa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wat Thai Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahaparinirvana Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Parinirvana Stupa and Parinirvana Temple, and finally appreciate the history behind Matha Kuar Shrine.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kushinagar day trip tool .

You can drive from Patna to Kushinagar in 5.5 hours. September in Kushinagar sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Varanasi.

Things to do in Kushinagar

Historic Sites
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Wat Thai Temple ©
Wat Thai Temple
Matha Kuar Shrine ©
Matha Kuar Shrine
Japanese Temple ©
Japanese Temple

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.
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, explore the activities along Ganges River, make a trip to Assi Ghat, and look for gifts at Bala Ji Handicraft.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Varanasi day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Kushinagar to Varanasi takes 6.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Varanasi

Spas Tours Nature
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Walking tours
Ganges River
Ganges River
Sarnath ©
Sarnath

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