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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.

The train takes passengers for 08 days/07 nights on spiritual tour which includes visit of various Buddhist places across Northern India.

Detailed Itinerary

 
Day 1: New Delhi Depart

Report by 1 p.m. 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 trai

Day 2: BODHGAYA –Town of Enlightenment

Buddhist Circuit Train TourTrain arrives early morning at Gaya Railway Station. After onboard wash and Change and breakfast ; proceed with overnight clothes to visit Mahabodhi temple & Niranjana River. Later check into hotel at Bodhgaya for overnight stay. After lunch in hotel & brief rest, visit Thai Temple, Japanese temple & Buddha statue Return to Hotel in the evening for Dinner & Night stay in Bodhgaya hotel.

Day 3: RAJGIR & NALANDA - Ancient University

Buddhist Circuit Train TourAfter Early morning breakfast, check out from Bodhgaya Hotel & board buses to drive 2 hours to Rajgir, to visit Bimbimsara Jail,Gridhakut Hill & Venuvan After lunch at a restaurant in Rajgir, proceed to visit ruins of one of the oldest university in the world at Nalanda & nearby located museum Depart by 4 p.m. from Nalanda by bus to reach Gaya railway station by 8 p.m. Train departs by 1130 p.m. Dinner & overnight stay onboard.

Day 4: VARANASI & SARNATH - The First Sermon

Buddhist Circuit Train TourEarly morning train reaches Varanasi railway station, proceed to a hotel room for wash & change only, followed by breakfast Morning excursion to Sarnath, to visit Dhamek stupa, Sarnath Museum, Ashokan Pillar & Mulgandha Kuti Vihar Drive back to Varanasi hotel for lunch & time at leisure. Evening visit ancient Ghats of Holy river Ganges, to view evening lamp immersion ceremony Return to Varanasi railway station by 8 p.m. to board the train. Dinner & overnight stay on board. The train departs by 11 p.m.

Day 5: KUSHINAHAR : Nirvana

Buddhist Circuit Train TourEarly morning train reaches Gorakhpur railway station. Board buses for Kushinagar Hotel for Overnight stay & breakfast. Morning visit Mahaparinirvan Temple, Rambhar stupa, Mata Kutir temple etc. Return to hotel for lunch & afternoon at leisure. Evening participate in chanting & meditation session Dinner & overnight stay in Kushinagar Hotel.

Day 6: LUMBINI - Birthplace

Buddhist Circuit Train TourAfter Early breakfast, check-out from hotel by 6 a.m. & proceed by bus for excursion to Lumbini(Nepal/across India border). Only those foreign nationals having valid Multiple Entry Visa to India, will be taken across the border by train tour officials After lunch in Lumbini restaurant/hotel, visit Maya devi temple,Ashokan Pillar & Pushkarni lake Depart from Lumbini by 4 p.m.& reach Gorakhpur railway station by 830 p.m. Board train for dinner & overnight stay Train departs by 1130 p.m.

Day 7: SRAVASTI - A Legend Beg

Buddhist Circuit Train TourEarly morning board buses from Gonda Railway station for Sravasti Hotel for wash/change & breakfast. Morning visit Jetvana Vihar,Pakki Kuti & Sehat Maher Thai temple, After lunch in Sravasti hotel Drive back to gonad railway station to board train by 5 p.m. & depart by 6 p.m. Evening tea & dinner on board Overnight on train.

Day 8: Visit TAJ MAHAL - DELHI Return

Morning train reaches Agra railway station After onboard breakfast & wash/change, visit one of Seven Wonders of Modern world, The Taj Mahal. Return to train by 1230 Noon & train departs by 215 p.m. for Delhi Onboard lunch 7 evening tea.

Check-out at Safderjung Railway station on arrival by 630 p.m

Inclusions / Exclusions

The Price Includes:

  • Accommodation in double / twin bedded cabin with en suite bathrooms
  • Soft Beverages during meals(B, L,D)
  • Valet Service
  • Still Camera fees
  • Guided off train excursions and game drives as illustrated 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

Route Map

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