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Buddhist Special Train (Maha Parinirvan Special)

Buddhism, one of the world's great religions, traces back with the life of Siddharth when a curious wandering prince from the small Shakya Kingdom located at the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal, began his quest for the ultimate truth to solve the mystery of existence. He renounced his royal pleasures and meditated beneath the sacred Bodhi tree at Gaya for years before he attained spiritual enlightenment. Then, as the Buddha, or the enlightened one, he spent the remainder of his life spreading the knowledge of The True Self in the Indian sub-continent. However, it was during the reign of emperors Bimbisara, Ashoka, Milinda and Kanishka that Buddhism flourished at its best and became a global religion, especially in Southeast Asia, due to sincere and untiring efforts of the missionary Bhikshus.

Destinations Covered : Delhi – Gaya – Bodhgaya – Nalanda – Rajgir – Gaya – Varanasi – Sarnath – Gorakhpur – Kushinagar – Lumbini – Gorakhpur – Gonda – Sravasti – Gonda – Agra – Delhi
Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days

Day 01 : Delhi – Gaya (990 kms)
13:00 hrs.– Assemble at the Delhi Safdurjung Railway Station. Traditional Welcome and check in to your respective coaches.

14:30 hrs.– Departure of the train for Gaya. Evening Tea & Dinner served on-board. Overnight stay on-board.

Day 02: Gaya – Bodhgaya (16 kms)
Arrive at Gaya Railway Station early morning. Disembark and assemble for boarding the coaches for road journey of approx one hour to Bodhgaya.

Arrive at Bodhgaya Hotel and check-in. Wash & Change, followed by the breakfast. After breakfast proceed by coach for sightseeing of Bodhgaya including Mahabodhi Temple & Niranjana River.

Return to the Hotel for lunch and relax for some time. Proceed for sightseeing of Thai Temple, Japanese Temple and Buddha Statue.

Evening. – Return to Hotel, dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Bodhgaya.

Day 03: Bodhgaya – Nalanda – Rajgir – Gaya – Varanasi
05:00 hrs. – Early morning tea & breakfast followed by checkout from the Hotel. Departure for Rajgir by bus (85 Kms).

10:30 hrs. – Arrival at Rajgir. Sightseeing at Rajgir of Bimbimsara Jail, Gridhakut hill, Venuvan.

12:30 hrs. – Proceed to a Restaurant in Rajgir for lunch. After lunch, proceed to Nalanda for sightseeing covering ruins of world famous Nalanda University & Nalanda Museum.

16:00 hrs. – Depart back to Gaya Railway Station.

20:00 hrs. – Arrival at Gaya Railway Station and board the train. Dinner on-board. Departure from Gaya at 2330 hrs to Varanasi (220 kms) by train. Overnight stay on-board.
Day 04: Varanasi – Sarnath – Gorakhpur
Early morning tea on-board and arrival at Varanasi. Proceed to the hotel for wash & change (room given only for wash & change) and breakfast.

After breakfast, visit Sarnath (10 kms) for to see Dhamekh Stupa, Sarnath Museum, The Ashokan Pillar, Mulgandha Kuti Vihar.

Afternoon – Lunch at the hotel. Followed by some free time. Tourists can either opt for shopping or other activities.

Evening – Visit to the river Ganges Ghat, Boat ride, Evening Arti. Return to the Train.

20:00 hrs. – Arrival at the Varanasi Railway Station and board the train Dinner on board. Departure for Gorakhpur (224kms) at 23:30 hrs. Overnight stay on-board.

Day 5/6: Gorakhpur – Kushinagar – Lumbini – Gorakhpur
Monks Meditate  in KushinagarEarly morning tea on board. Arrive at Gorakhpur Railway Station. Proceed by coach to Hotel at Gorakhpur/Kushinagar.

Arrive at the Hotel in Kushinagar and check-in. Breakfast at the Hotel. After breakfast, visit Mahaparinirvan Temple, Rambhar Stupa, Mata Kutir Temple etc.

Afternoon – Lunch at the hotel. Followed by some free time. Tourists can either opt for shopping or other activities.

Afternoon – Lunch at the Hotel. Evening participate in a chanting and meditation session. (Subject to availability of appropriate teachers/instructors).Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.

05:00 hrs. : Early morning tea and breakfast at the hotel.

06:00 hrs. – Check-out of the Hotel and proceed to Lumbini. (Nepal) by bus. Tourists must obtain the Nepal visa from their respective countries. Otherwise, lot of time required at the border to process the visa. Arrive Lumbini and proceed to a hotel / restaurant for Lunch. Visit Lumbini including Maya Devi Temple, Ashokan Pillar and Pushkarni lake.

16:00 hrs – Departure for Gorakhpur. Arrive Gorakhpur Railway Station. Board at around 20:30 hrs and board the Train.

Dinner on-board, Depart by train to Gonda at 23:30 hrs. Overnight stay on-board.

Day 07: Gonda – Sravasti – Gonda – Agra
Early morning tea on-board and arrival at Gonda Railway Station. Departure for Sravasti (65kms) by bus. Arrival at the hotel, wash & change (room given only for wash & change) and breakfast.

After breakfast, visit Jetvana Vihara, Pakki Kuti & Sehat Mahet, Thai Temple.

Afternoon – Lunch at the Hotel and proceed to back to Gonda railway station to board the train.

17:00 hrs – Arrival at the Gonda Railway Station to board the Train. Depart by train to Agra (450 kms) at 18:00 hrs. Evening Tea and dinner served on-board. Overnight stay on-board.

Day 08: Agra – Delhi
Early morning tea, wash & fresh and breakfast on-board.

After breakfast, proceed for the sight-seeing of the World famous Taj Mahal.

12:30 hrs. – Proceed to the Agra Railway Station. Departure by train for New Delhi (220 kms) at 14:15 hrs. Onboard lunch and evening tea.

Arrival at the Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station at approximately 18:30 hrs.

Tour Tariff

Tour dates of Buddhist Circuit Special Train (For the season 2018-19 & 2019-20)

Month Dates 2018-19 Dates 2019-20
September 29 21
October 13 & 27 05 & 19
November 10 & 24 02,16 & 30
December 08 & 22 14 & 28
January 05 & 19 11 & 25
February 02 & 16 08 & 22
March 02 & 23 14 & 28

Tour Price

Class of Travel   2018-2019 and 2019-2020 (Per Night) (Full Tour)
AC- First Class US$ 165 1155
AC – 2 Tier US$ 135 945
AC First Coupe US$ 165 +(USD 150 Per Pax for Partial/Full Tour) 1305
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Hotel Single Occupancy :
  • Passenger who would like to have Single occupancy i.e. do not wish to share the room with anyone else should choose the option at the time of booking by paying additional amount of US$ 50 per night or US$ 200 for the full tour.

  • Note: - Single Occupancy is not be applicable for Train journey.




    No. of days before commencement of Trip* Total Deductions
    45 Days and above(excluding departure date) 10% of the Package cost.
    Within a period of 44 to 15 Days (excluding departure date) 25% of the package cost
    Within a period of 14 to 7 Days (excluding of Departure Date) 50% of the package cost
    Within the period of 7 Days or before the scheduled date of departure 100% of the package cost
    *Excluding the day of start of journey.

  • 1. The accommodation booked under this ticket is not transferable.
  • 2. The voucher is to be carried by the passenger during the journey along with the above photo identity card in original and is valid only when presented with this photo identity card. If the relevant photo identity card is not accompanied with this voucher, it will be considered as ticket-less travel and treated accordingly.
  • 3. The exact train timings are subject to minor modifications. All the travelling passengers must reconfirm the timings with IRCTC, corporate office before the start of their journey.
  • 4. This voucher is to be carried by the passenger during the journey along with the above photo identity card in original and is valid only when presented with this photo identity card. If the relevant photo identity card is not accompanied with this voucher, it will be considered as ticket-less travel and treated accordingly.
  • 5. On demand from ticket checking staff the passenger should produce this voucher along with the above mentioned photo identity card.
  • 6. Visa Clauses :-
  • 7. IRCTC reserves the right to refuse booking or travel of any passenger without assigning any reason.
  • 8. No refund or adjustment will be made in the event of interruption / non-use of full or any part of the tour or tour service by a tourist on his own after the commencement of the tour or closure of a sightseeing place or monument due any unknown reasons or closure on account of the decision /order of the local municipal administration /any other government authority / unforeseen events, circumstances, situations etc.
  • 9. In case any sightseeing being missed on account of the delay in local transportation buses / train due to the reasons beyond our control, no refund shall be made.
  • 10. Being a group tour, passengers would be required to share the bus / buses and train accommodation with other passengers. In case any passenger / passengers wish to travel in separate bus/buses, he/she should inform IRCTC at least one month in advance. IRCTC would try to make appropriate arrangement for which passenger / passengers would be required to make additional payment. For the smooth operation of the tour, passengers would need to adhere to the instructions given by the Tour Manager from time to time.
  • 11. As per the tour program, this tour involves few long road journeys also. Due to inadequate infrastructure (toilets etc.) en-route, passengers may get little uncomfortable. However, efforts will be made to give breaks at the appropriate places and as & when required by the tourists.
  • 12. Train / Road journey time may exceed the expected travel time due to unforeseen circumstances such as traffic jams, break down of buses etc. This may result in late meal service, shortened / late/or no sightseeing etc.
  • 13. Meals in hotels and on train are of pre-fixed menus and are generally decided keeping the palate of the overall tourists. Menus according to the specific preferences would not be possible.
  • 14. As per the tour itinerary, hotel rooms at certain places are only provided for wash & change purpose. Passengers should not expect rooms to given to them for longer duration. Check-in at hotel rooms at certain places may be delayed to the due delay from hotel in providing the rooms.
  • 15. AC First class - hass cabins with 4 berths (two lower & two upper). The cabins can be locked from inside as it has a sliding door.
  • 16. Passengers are required to take care of their luggage / belongings themselves. IRCTC will not be responsible for any loss or damage of any of the luggage / belongings at the Railway Stations / Train / Bus / Hotels etc.
  • 17. It is the responsibility of the tourist to carefully read and fully understand all the terms and conditions / services to be offered / type of services to be offered etc. of this tour before making booking. In case of any doubts / clarifications, the same should be cleared with IRCTC before making the booking.
  • 18. The journeys are well planned in advance. We reserve the right to make changes to the programme if necessary at any point of time. Should the minimum number of passengers not be met or due to certain operational reasons & conditions, we reserve the right to cancel the departure or amend the same. Most of the changes made by us would be minor, but on certain occasions there could be possibility of making significant change. A change is defined as significant if it involves change of date or destination. In such an eventuality, we would inform the passengers on the contact details given by them in their booking forms. In such cases, we would inform you as soon as possible and provide you following solutions :

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