The Indian Railways is going to run its first Buddhist Circuit train from this Saturday (October 19) to October 26 covering sites related to Gautam Buddha in India and Nepal.
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will run the train covering destinations like Lumbini, where Buddha was born; Bodhgaya, where he gained enlightenment; Sarnath, where he gave his first sermon; and Kushinagar, where he attained nirvana, the Indian Railways said in a statement.“The significance of these destinations can be seen in the Mahaparinirvana sutra, wherein the Lord Buddha tells his followers that they can attain merit and a noble rebirth by going on pilgrimage to these places,” the statement added.
The package will cost Indians Rs. 1,23,900 per couple in AC first class and Rs. 1,01,430 per couple for AC two-tier.
It will include road transport by AC deluxe coaches for the Nepal tour, visits to monuments and locations, accommodation, meals, services of tour manager, guides, entrance fees and travel insurance.
However, passengers will have to pay their visa fee for the Nepal leg of the journey and any other expenditure like laundry and other services.
The train will have four first AC coaches with 96 seats, two second AC 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 unique vinyl wrap promoting Incredible India and is also equipped with personal digital lockers, cubicles shower, foot massagers, separate sitting area with single-seated sofas.
Private security guards will be deployed in each coach, the railways said.