The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation’s (IRCTC) Buddhist Circuit Tourist train on the Bharat Gaurav Trains concept, has embarked on its spiritual journey. The seven nights and 8 days tour started on March 11, 2023, from Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station. This is the first departure of the tourist train post-COVID-19 pandemic. The tour will conclude on March 18, 2023, at Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station.
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During the journey, the rail tour will cover nine places across India and Nepal
List of places to visit via Buddhist Circuit Tourist train –
The tourist special train will visit the following places – Bodhgaya, Rajgir, Nalanda, Varanasi, Sarnath, Lumbini(Nepal), Kushinagar, Sravasti, and Agra.
- Bodhgaya: Mahabodhi Temple, Niranjana River, Thai Temple, Japanese Temple, Buddha Statue
- Rajgir : Bimbimsara Jail, Gridhakut hill, and Venuvan
- Nalanda : Nalanda University, and Nalanda Museum
- Sarnath: Dhamekh Stupa, Sarnath Museum, Ashokan Pillar, and Mulgandha Kuti Vihar
- Varanasi: Evening Aarti
- Lumbini (Nepal): Maya Devi Temple, and Ashokan Pillar
- Kushinagar: Mahaparinirvan Temple, Rambhar Stupa, Mata Kutir Temple, and other sites
- Sravasti : Sight-seeing of Jetvana Vihara, Pakki Kuti, and Sehat Mahet.
- Agra: Sight-seeing of the World famous Taj Mahal
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The train has two types of classes – AC 1st Class, and AC 2nd Class. A total of 96 guests can accommodate the First AC while 60 guests are allowed in the Second AC class.
To continue a full tour in the First AC class, a passenger needs to pay Rs 1,08,000, while for the Second AC class, a passenger needs to pay Rs 90,240.
In case of any difficulties, one can contact IRCTC