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-| Buddhist Train Tours | -


Duration : 08 Days / 07 Nights
Location : Delhi - Gaya - Budhgaya - Nalanda - Rajgiri - Gaya - Varanasi - Gorakhpur - Agra - Delhi.


Detailed Itinerary

Day 01 : Delhi - Gaya
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 02 : 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 03 : 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 04 : 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 05 : Gorakhpur Kushinagar
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.

Day 06 : Kushinagar Lumbini Gorakhpur
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 07 : 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 08 : 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 (Commencement from Delhi)
25th SEP 2010
16th & 30th OCT 2010
13th & 27th NOV 2010
11th & 25th DEC 2010
8th & 22nd JAN 2011
12th & 26th FEB 2011
12th & 26th MAR 2011
Charter trips also available on request.

Salient Features of buddhist circuit special Tour
1.Exclusive Train for the Buddhist Circuit Tour: The Buddhist Circuit Special Train is an exclusive air conditioned train for Buddhist circuit destinations and does not carry passenger other than the tourist booked with IRCTC for this special tour.
2.Security on train Private Security Guards in each coach for constant & close watch to ensure safety of the passengers.
3.On-board Hygienic Kitchen Car Facility The passengers can choose from an assortment of sumptuous hot meals (Veg / Non Veg), snacks and cold drinks. Packaged drinking water, tea and coffee are also available to the passengers in ample quantity.
4.On-board Clean and Hygienic Lavatories and Showers convenience of the passengers, clean and hygienic lavatories and showers are provide.
5.Accommodation in comfortable Hotels of the Buddhist Circuit Accommodation in comfortable hotels of the Buddhist Circuit.
6.Insurance Cover All passengers are provided with Travel Insurance Cover for the duration of the tour.
7.Medical Facility: In case of any exigency, medical support can be provided through an extensive network of Indian Railways medical facilities.
8.Language Guide On sufficient advance information, tour guides of various languages would be provided for sizeable groups.
9.Other Assistance: Tourists are requested to obtain a proper Visa for visiting Lumbini (Nepal) before arriving in India. However, IRCTC provides assistance in obtaining Visa at the time of entry in Nepal as per extant rules.


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