Indian Railways is going to run its first Buddhist Circuit train from 19 to 26 October covering sites in India and Nepal that have significance in Gautam Buddha’s life journey, The Hindu reported.
According to a statement released by the Railways, the prominent destinations to be covered by the train are Lord Buddha’s birth place, Lumbini in Nepal; Bodhgaya, where he gained enlightenment; Sarnath, where he gave his first sermon; and Kushinagar, where he attained nirvana.
“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 said.
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) is offering various packages for the people who wish to take this week-long cross-country tour. AC first class package will cost Indians Rs 1,23,900 per couple, where as a couple will have to pay Rs 1,01,430 for AC two tier.
Other than the train travel in the special train, the packages also provide 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, the package does not include the visa fee for the Nepal part of the journey and the travellers have to bear it by themselves.
The high-quality service train will be wrapped with unique vinyl promoting Incredible India.
Other services or facilities to be provided in the train are personal digital lockers, cubicles shower, foot massagers, separate sitting area with single seated sofas. It will also have private security guards deployed in each coach, the Railways said.