New Delhi (NVI): As part of its drive to boost domestic tourism through Indian Railways, the first of its kind Buddhist Circuit Tourist Train between India and Nepal was flagged off here on October 19.
For the current Season the train will run from 19th to 26th October 2019, covering the Major Destinations like Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Nalanda, Sarnath, Varanasi, Lumbini, Kushinagar, Sravasti & Agra.
The significance of these destinations are associated with the life of Gautam Buddha. And it can be seen in the Mahaparinirvana sutra, where in the Lord Buddha tells his followers that they can attain merit and a noble rebirth by going on pilgrimage to the places.
The Buddhist tourist train takes to these places and helps gain first hand experience of the self disciplined and legendary life of Lord Buddha. India, the country where Buddhism originated has rich footprints of the Buddhist legacy.
It will also help tourist to visit Stupas (stone cased moulds that commemorated relics of Buddha), Chaityas (prayer halls) and Viharas (cells for the monks) closely for a true religious experience. Come, discover the path to enlightenment, towards Buddha.
IRCTC is offering many attractive packages for the tourist, an AC first class pakage will cost Rs.1,23,900 per couple, while AC second tier will cost Rs. 1,01,430 per couple.
The Packages also include Journey by Exclusive AC Train, Road Transport by AC Deluxe coaches, Visit monuments and locations, Accommodation, Meals.