Indian Railways is running its first-ever Buddhist Circuit train covering sites related to Gautam Buddha in India and Nepal.
Buddhist Circuit train is scheduled to be run from 20th October to 26th October 2019
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will run Buddhist Circuit train covering destinations such as-
1. Lumbini (where Buddha was born)
2. Bodhgaya (where Buddha gained enlightenment)
3. Sarnath (where Buddha gave his first sermon)
4. Kushinagar (where Buddha attained nirvana)
Buddhist Circuit train packages will cost Indians Rs.1,23,900 per couple in AC first class and Rs.1,01,430 per couple for AC II-tier. This includes accommodation, meals, road transport by AC deluxe coaches for Nepal tour, visits to monuments and locations, services of a tour manager, guides, entrance fees, and travel insurance.
Apart, passengers will have to pay their visa fee for Nepal leg of the journey and any other expenditure including laundry and other such services.
Buddhist Circuit train will have 4 first AC coaches with 96 seats, 2 second AC class coaches with 60 seats, two exclusive dining cars with a capacity of 64 guests in each and a pantry car. It will be covered with a unique vinyl wrap that will be promoting Incredible India.
Buddhist Circuit train is also equipped with personal digital lockers, foot massagers, cubicles shower, separate sitting area with single-seated sofas. Each coach will be deployed with private security guards.