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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 - Rajgir - Nalanda - Gaya - Varanasi - Sarnath - Varanasi - Gorakhpur - Khusinagar - Lumbini - Gorakhpur - Gonda - Sravasti - Gonda - Agra - Taj Mahal - Delhi

Duration : 08 Days/ 07 Nights

DAY -I
Day Sector Programme
Day 1 Delhi – Gaya (990 kms) 15:00 hrs.– Assemble at the Delhi Safdurjung Railway Station. Traditional Welcome and check – in to your respective coaches.

16:00 hrs.– Departure of the train for Gaya. Evening Tea & Dinner served on-board. Over night stay on-board.


DAY- II
Day Sector Programme
Day 2 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-III
Day Sector Programme
Day 3 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- IV
Day Sector Programme
Day 4 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- V / VI
Day Sector Programme
Day 5/6 Gorakhpur – Kushinagar













Kushinagar – Lumbini – Gorakhpur
Early 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- VII
Day Sector Programme
Day 7 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- VIII
Day Sector Programme
Day 8 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.

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Tour dates of Buddhist Circuit Special Train (Season 2016-17)

Year Month Tour Dates
2016 October 8th & 22nd
November 12th & 26th
December 10th & 24th
2017 January 7th & 21st
February 4th & 18th
March 4th & 18th
** Provision of Mahaparinirvan Express – Odisha Special (Yet to be finalized)
Charter trips also available on request.

Tour Price

TARIFF
Class of Travel Oct 2016 to Mar 2017 (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

NOTE 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.

PACKAGE COST INCLUDES : PACKAGE COST EXCLUDED :
CANCELLATON POLICY :
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.






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