Day 1: Arrive Mumbai
Arrive at Mumbai airport and transfer to your hotel. Mumbai is a city that never sleeps, offering a mix of shopping, sports, nightlife, and cultural experiences. The rest of the day is free for you to explore at your leisure.
Day 2: Mumbai
After breakfast, embark on a city tour of Mumbai. Highlights include the Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves (closed on Mondays), Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay (Museum), and a visit to Dhobhi Ghat, the famous open-air laundry. Overnight in Mumbai.
Day 3: Mumbai - Aurangabad (flight)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Aurangabad. Upon arrival, visit Bibi ka Maqbara, Panchakki, and Aurangabad Caves. Overnight in Aurangabad.
Day 4: Aurangabad
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by an excursion to the Ajanta Caves (closed on Mondays). Explore the ancient Buddhist caves with intricate sculptures and paintings. Return to Aurangabad for an overnight stay.
Day 5: Aurangabad - Ellora (36km)/ Delhi (flight)
After breakfast, visit the Ellora Caves (closed on Tuesdays), Grishneshwar Temple, and Daulatabad Fort. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Delhi. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 6: Delhi
After breakfast, embark on a city tour of Delhi. Visit attractions such as the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Raj Gath, Humayun's Tomb, Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, and drive past the President House, Parliament, and India Gate. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 7: Delhi - Bodhgaya (flight)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Gaya. Upon arrival, transfer to Bodhgaya and check-in at your hotel. Explore Mahabodhi Temple and other Buddhist sites. Overnight in Bodhgaya.
Day 8: Bodhgaya - Patna (180km)
After breakfast, drive to Patna via Rajgir and Nalanda, visiting these historical sites along the way. Check-in at your hotel in Patna for an overnight stay.
Day 9: Patna - Kushinagar (260km)
After breakfast, drive to Kushinagar, with a stop at Vaishali. Explore the sites in Vaishali and then continue your journey to Kushinagar. Check-in at your hotel in Kushinagar.
Day 10: Kushinagar - Lumbini (160km)
After breakfast, drive to the Sonauli border, where you will transfer to a vehicle on the Nepal side to reach Lumbini. Check-in at your hotel in Lumbini.
Day 11: Lumbini
Explore Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, visiting Maya Devi Temple, Ashokan Pillar, and various monasteries and temples in the Sacred Garden. Overnight in Lumbini.
Day 12: Lumbini - Shravasti (160km)
After breakfast, drive to Shravasti. Visit the historical sites in Shravasti and explore the ancient ruins. Check-in at your hotel in Shravasti.
Day 13: Shravasti - Varanasi (315km)
After breakfast, drive to Varanasi. In the evening, attend the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti on the banks of the Ganges. Overnight in Varanasi.
Day 14: Varanasi
Early morning, enjoy a boat ride on the Ganges and explore the city's ghats. Later, visit Banaras Hindu University, Bharat Mata Temple, Sarnath, and other important sites. Overnight in Varanasi.
Day 15: Varanasi - Khajuraho (flight)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Khajuraho. Upon arrival, visit the famous Khajuraho temples with their exquisite erotic carvings. Overnight in Khajuraho.
Day 16: Khajuraho - Bhopal (380km)
After breakfast, drive to Bhopal, with stops at Sagar for Jain temples and Sanchi for Buddhist stupas. Check-in at your hotel in Bhopal.
Day 17: Bhopal
Explore Bhimbetka rock shelters, Bhojpur, and the city of Bhopal, including mosques, Taj-Ul-Masjid, and museums. Overnight in Bhopal.
Day 18: Bhopal - Mumbai/Delhi (flight)
As per your flight schedule, transfer to the airport in Mumbai or Delhi for your onward journey.