9 days in India & Lumbini Itinerary

9 days in India & Lumbini Itinerary

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Start: Nagpur, India
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Varanasi, India
— 3 nights
Drive:  9 h
2
Lumbini, Nepal
— 1 day
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

3
nights
Varanasi, India

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.
You'll explore and learn at Ruchika Art Gallery and Archaeological Museum. Sarnath and Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Ganges River, examine the collection at Bharat Kala Bhavan, make a trip to Manikarnika Ghat, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Varanasi day trip planning website.

Nagpur to Varanasi is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 45°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Lumbini.

Things to do in Varanasi

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Walking tours
Sarnath ©
Sarnath
Ganges River
Ganges River

1
day
Lumbini, Nepal

Lumbini ©
An important place of Buddhist pilgrimage, Lumbini represents the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha.
On the 30th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Kudan Stupa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mother Temple of the Graduated Path to Enlightenment, take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Thai Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Myanmar Golden Monastery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maya Devi Temple.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lumbini trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Varanasi to Lumbini in 8.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Nepal Time is 0.2 hours. When traveling from Varanasi in April, plan for slightly colder days in Lumbini, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Vaishali District.

Things to do in Lumbini

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Maya Devi Temple ©
Maya Devi Temple
Royal Thai Monastery ©
Royal Thai Monastery
Myanmar Golden Monastery ©
Myanmar Golden Monastery

1
day
Vaishali District, India

Vaishali District ©
Vaishali district is a district in Bihar, India. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ramchaura, admire the landmark architecture of Vishwa Shanti Stupa, then appreciate the history behind Lion Pillar, and finally steep yourself in history at Ashok Pillar.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Vaishali District trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Lumbini to Vaishali District takes 9.5 hours. You'll gain 0.2 hours traveling from Lumbini to Vaishali District due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nalanda.

Things to do in Vaishali District

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ramchaura ©
Ramchaura
Vishwa Shanti Stupa ©
Vishwa Shanti Stupa

1
night
Nalanda, India

Nalanda ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Xuanzang Memorial, take an in-depth tour of Nalanda Archaeological Museum, then appreciate the history behind Stupa of Sariputra, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gaon Mandir, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jal Mandir.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nalanda online trip maker.

Drive from Vaishali District to Nalanda in 3 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 47°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Rajgir.

Things to do in Nalanda

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Jal Mandir ©
Jal Mandir
Nalanda Archaeological Museum ©
Nalanda Archaeological Museum
Stupa of Sariputra ©
Stupa of Sariputra

1
night
Rajgir, India

Rajgir ©
Rajgir is a city and a notified area in Nalanda district in the Indian state of Bihar. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): make a trip to Vishwa Shanti Stupa, then don't miss a visit to Ashoka Stupa Peak, then take in the awesome beauty at Griddhakuta Peak, and finally take an in-depth tour of Veerayatan.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Rajgir travel planner.

Rajgir is very close to Nalanda. In May in Rajgir, expect temperatures between 47°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bodh Gaya.

Things to do in Rajgir

Museums Parks Nature
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Veerayatan ©
Veerayatan
Vishwa Shanti Stupa ©
Vishwa Shanti Stupa
Ashoka Stupa Peak ©
Ashoka Stupa Peak

1
night
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 4th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Society of India Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Thai Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Bhutan Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple, then don't miss a visit to Bodhi Tree, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mahabodhi Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Bodh Gaya route app.

You can drive from Rajgir to Bodh Gaya in 2.5 hours. May in Bodh Gaya sees daily highs of 47°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bodh Gaya

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mahabodhi Temple ©
Mahabodhi Temple
Thai Monastery ©
Thai Monastery
Royal Bhutan Monastery ©
Royal Bhutan Monastery

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