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MAHA PARINIRVAN EXPRESS / BUDDHIST CIRCUIT TRAIN

DURATION : 7 Nights / 8 Days

DESTINATIONS : Delhi - Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Varanasi - Kushinagar - Lumbini - Sravasti - Agra - Delhi

Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION TYPE:

As per tour itinerary, at certain destinations hotel rooms are only provided for wash & change basis & available for limited time. Passengers should not expect the wash/change Room facility to be available for a longer duration. Check-in at certain hotels may be delayed due to early arrival, before standard check-in time of hotel. The entire train is air-condtioned & you have option to book 2nd AC Sleeper Class OR 1st AC Class Cabin category These may be further explained as

2nd AC Sleeper :

There are curtains available for limited privacy of each cabin with capacity of 4 passengers on inner side. Two lower & two upper berths The outside side has one lower & one upper sleeping birth

1st AC Sleeper Cabin(4 sharing):

Each cabin has two lower & two upper berths with provision of sliding door which can be locked from inside

1st AC Sleeper Exclusive Cabin :

There are limited cabins with one lower & one upper berth with a sliding door, which can be locked from inside

Option to book:

  • Cabin with one lower & one upper sleeper berth(having sliding door,which can be locked from inside)
  • Cabin with both lower sleeper berths(having sliding door,which can be locked from inside)

Short Description

The Buddhist Circuit Train which is popularly known as Mahaparinirvan Express is a tourist train, which was launched by IRCTC on March 28 2007, to attract Buddhist pilgrims.

Detailed Itinerary

 
Day 1: Departure from New Delhi

Report by 1 pm. at Safderjung railway station for check-in formalities of Mahaparinirvan Express Buddhist train tour.

After traditional welcome, be escorted to respective Passenger Carriage & train departs by 230 p.m.

Evening tea & dinner served on board.

Overnight in train

Day 2: Arrive Bodhgaya (Town of Enlightenment)

Train arrives early morning at Gaya Railway Station.

After onboard wash and Change and breakfast, we leave for our hotel. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Post lunch in hotel, we will visit the Thai Temple, Japanese temple & Buddha statue .

After the visit, we will be back to our hotel.

Overnight at Bodhgaya hotel (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 3: Bodhgaya - Rajgir & Nalanda (Ancient University)

Early morning breakfast, later check-out from the hotel and board our buses to Rajgir.

On arrival, we visit Bimbimsara Jail, Gridhakut Hill & Venuvan.

After lunch at local restaurant in Rajgir, proceed for Nalanda. We visit ruins of one of the oldest university in the world at Nalanda & nearby located museum.

By 1600 hrs, we depart for Gaya Railway station to board our train to Varanasi.

Overnight in train (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 4: Varanasi - Kushinagar (The First Sermon)

Early morning train reaches Varanasi railway station. On arrival, proceed to the hotel (room for wash & change only)

After breakfast,  we will have an excursion to Sarnath.

We visit Dhamek stupa, Sarnath Museum, Ashokan Pillar & Mulgandha Kuti Vihar.

After the visit, drive back to Varanasi hotel for lunch & time at leisure.

Evening visit ancient Ghats of Holy river Ganges, to view evening lamp immersion ceremony.

After the visit of the ghat, we drive back to Varanasi railwaystation to bord our overnight train for Kushinagar.

Overnight in train (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 5: Kushinagar

Early morning train reaches Gorakhpur railway station. On arrival, transfer to the hotel in Kushinagar. On arrival, check-in at the hotel.

Morning visit Mahaparinirvan Temple, Rambhar stupa & Mata Kutir temple etc.

Later return to hotel for lunch & afternoon at leisure.

Evening participate in chanting & meditation session.

Overnight in hotel (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 6: Kushinagar - Lumbini (Birthplace)

After an early breakfast, check-out from the hotel & proceed by bus for an excursion to Lumbini (Nepal/across India border).

Note: All guests must be obtained the multientry visa for India.

Lunch in a local restaurant in Lumbini.

After lunch, visit Maya devi temple, Ashokan Pillar & Pushkar lake

Later drive to Gorakhpur railway station to board our overnight train to Sravasti.

Overnight in train (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 7: Sravasti (A Legend Beg) - Agra

On arrival in Gonda railway station, we drive to Sravasti Hotel. (Room for wash & change). 

After breakfast, visit Jetvana Vihar, Pakki Kuti & Sehat Maher Thai temple.

After lunch in Sravasti hotel, drive back to Gonda railway station to board our overnight train to Agra.

Overnight in train (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 8: Agra - Delhi (by train)

Morning train reaches Agra railway station, on arrival, transfer to the hotel (Room only for wash & change)

After breakfast, visit Taj Mahal (by sunrise - depends on weather condition). After the visit, return to Agra railway station to bord our train to Delhi.

Reach Delhi by 18:30 hrs. (Tour services ends

Optional service: In time, transfer to the Delhi International airport to board our flight to onward destination.

Inclusions / Exclusions

The Price Includes:

  • Accommodation on double / twin bedded cabin with attached bathrooms
  • Soft Beverages during meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Valet Service
  • Still Camera fees
  • Guided off train excursions and game drives as stated in the itinerary.
  • Inclusive of entrance fees, park fees, transport and services of an English speaking local guide
  • GST 5%.


The Price Excludes:

  • Taxes, Insurance , Gratuities
  • Laundry, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft beverages during non meal hours
  • Video and professional Still Camera fees
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Pre and Post tour accommodation and any tour extensions unless specifically mentioned as a part of the journey

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