Embark on a 13-day journey, exploring the sacred sites of Buddha
Bodhgaya’s Buddha Tour and Other Visual Pleasures
This beautiful travel itinerary takes you from Delhi to Bodhgaya (via a few other locations), and then on to Varanasi, Bhopal, and Aurangabad. You will find plenty to enjoy along the way. Aside from the Bodhgaya Buddha tour, Varanasi offers a glimpse into Indian religion and culture through its sights, sounds, and aromas.
We promise amazing locations combined with lots of fun.
Country Region:- Northern India
Departure/Return LocationNew Delhi
Departure TimePlease arrive by 9:15 AM for a departure at 9:30 AM
Return TimeApproximately 8:30 PM
Day 1 Immediate Occupancy in Delhi
Day 1 Immediate Occupancy in Delhi
We have to book your hotel as no hotel will give you room from the middle of the night.
Day 2 Arrive Delhi
Day 3 Delhi – Lucknow - Sravasti
Day 4 Sravasti – Kushinagar
Drive to Kushinagar, where Lord Buddha expired at the age of 80. See the Mahaparinirvana Temple to see the reclining Buddha and Ramabhar Stupa where Buddha was cremated. Study the Nirvana Stupa and temple where Buddha’s ashes were buried.
Night stay in Kushinagar
Go to see Mahaparinirvana Temple to watch reclining Buddha & Ramabhar Stupa.
Day 5 Kushinagar – Vaishali – Patna
Travel to Patna, pay a visit to Vaishali en route where Buddha addressed his last sermon and declared his approach to Nirvana. See the Lion Pillar raised by the Emperor Ashoka to mark this important event.
You will also watch the Relics Stupa and Ramkund here. Visit Vaishali Museum and stop at the World Peace Pagoda constructed by Japanese Buddhists.
Visit of Vaishali Museum and World Peace Pagoda
Day 6 Patna – Nalanda – Rajgir – Bodhgaya
Depart for Bodhgaya. Visit Great Stupa at Nalanda en route and also the town of Rajgir to explore the Lakshmi Narayan temple and the Japanese Shanti Stupa temple.
Restart to Bodhgaya, where over 2,500 years ago, Buddha achieved enlightenment under the holy Mahabodhi tree after a long period of meditation.
Visit of Mahabodhi Tree where Buddha got enlightment
Day 7 Bodhgaya
Explore the Maha Bodhi Temple and the Bodhi Tree where Buddha gained enlightenment. Discover Sujata Village, termed after a girl who gave milk to a starving Gautama on his way to Bodhgaya.
Day 8 Bodhgaya – Varanasi ( River Ganges )
Carry on to one of the ancient and blessed Buddhist cities of the world, Varanasi. Be a spectator to the Puja ceremony of Ganga Aarti, a Hindu religious ritual held on the ghats of the River Ganges.
Watch stunning holy river Ganga Aarti celebrations. A site not to be missed
Day 9 Varanasi - Sarnath - Varanasi - Bhopal
Take an early morning boat ride sideways the River Ganges, trailed by a city tour of Varanasi. Later this midafternoon visit the Buddhist places at Sarnath where Buddha conveyed his first sermon after getting enlightenment. In the evening, visit a bazaar and enjoy a rickshaw ride. In the evening you will be transferred to Varanasi railway station to board overnight train for Bhopal.
Enjoy your morning time in lively markets of Varanasi
Have Sarnath Excursion with optionally Rickshaw ride in Varanasi
Day 10 Arrive Bhopal - Sanchi Stupa
On arrival, transfer to your hotel.
[Note check in time at the hotel is around 1200 hours so room is subject to availability at time of check in. However we have arranged breakfast till the room gets ready for check in]
Later drive to explore Sanchi – the existing example of visualization and beliefs of Emperor Ashoka. It is dotted with many Buddhist structures like pillars and stupas.
Also visit the archaeological museum where it shows the famous image of four lions that once sat atop the Ashoka Pillar. Overnight stay in Bhopal.
Visit Ashoka’s Sanchi Stupa who was a follower of Buddha
Day 11 Bhopal - Bhimbetka Caves - Aurangabad
After breakfast drive to Bhimbetka caves which are surrounded by the northern limits of Vindhya mountain Range. The name ‘Bhim-bet-ka’ means ‘where Bhim sat down’. There are more than 600 caves in Bhimbetka. It took 16 years to unearth the entire vicinity covered by these caves.
Bhimbetka caves had been used as asylum by people from the earliest of periods. Here you will find paintings of all ages starting from Paleolithic age to medieval age. As the time passed, the paintings became smaller, shapely and more precise. The oldest painting here is said to be around 12,000 years old, whereas the most recent is around 1000 years old.
In the evening you will be transferred to Bhopal Railway station to board overnight train for Aurangabad. Night is on board
Explore 12,000 years old caves known as Bhimbetka caves
Day 12 Arrive Aurangabad - Ellora Caves
Day 13 Aurangabad – Ajanta - Mumbai Depart