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Buddhist Special Train Tour

Tour Duration :07 Nights / 08 Days
Places Covered: Delhi - Bodhgaya - Varanasi - Gorakhpur - Lumbini- Kushinagar-Gonda - Sravasti -Agra - Delhi
Buddhist special train tour is an iconic experience of discovering the Buddhist heritage of India and Nepal in aboard a special train, Mahaparinirvana Express. This train takes a tourist / pilgrim close to the important sites and shrines in Buddhist traditions, including the prominent four fold pilgrimage of Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Lumbini and Kushinagar. Also, this special train tour presents the serene Buddhist essence of the revered sites in an organized time span of 8 days, making it one of the great tour experiences of Buddhist India-Nepal.
Day 01 : Delhi (D)

Assemble at The Delhi Safdurjung Railway Station 14:00 hrs. Begin the Buddhist special train tour with a traditional Indian welcome and check into respective coach at 15:00 hrs. Depart Delhi via Buddhist train to Gaya. Dinner and overnight on board.Overnight on Board.
Day 02 : Gaya - Bodhgaya (B/L/D)

Early morning Tea, Wash & Change and Breakfast on board.

06:30 hrs Arrive at Gaya station. Disembark the train and assemble for boarding the deluxe coach for by surface to Bodhgaya. On arrival, sightseeing of Mahabodhi Temple, the most revered Buddhist site famous for its eternal association with Lord Buddha's enlightenment.

At 12:30 hrs, check in the hotel followed by Lunch. Around 14:30 hrs, begin sightseeing of Thai Temple, Chinese Temple, 80 Feet of Buddha Statue, Sujata Village, Niranjana River, etc. Relish the dinner at hotel. Overnight in Bodhgaya during Buddhist Special Train Tour.
Day 03 : Bodhgaya - Varanasi (B/L/D)

05:30 hrs- early morning wake-up. At 07:00 hrs, breakfast & check out the hotel, continue the itinerary with a journey to Rajgir, the ancient capital of Magadha Empire, known during that time as Rajagriha. The town is dotted with numerous Buddhist attractions; prominent ones include Griddhakutta or Vulture's Peak, Bimbisara Jail, Saptaparni Caves, etc.

09:00hrs -arrival in Rajgir by deluxe coach (approx 02 hrs drive). On arrival, begin the sightseeing of Rajgir via its Buddhist attractions.

13:00 hrs -Lunch in Rajgir. 14:00 hrs - Proceed to Nalanda for sightseeing of the world famous and oldest Nalanda University, now in ruins & Museum.

17:00hrs -Return back to Gaya railway station. 19:00hrs. Arrival at Gaya Railway station and board the train. Dinner in Buddhist Train Mahaparinirvana Express. 23:30 hrs - Departure for Varanasi. Overnight in Buddhist train.
Day 04 : Varanasi - Gorakhpur (B/L/D)

05:00hrs - Early morning tea on board and arrival at Varanasi.

06:00 hrs -Disembark the train and board the bus. Arrive at Hotel, Wash & Change and After Breakfast check-out. Around 09:00 hrs, visit Sarnath for sightseeing of Dhamekh stupa, Chaukhandi Stupa, Sarnath Museum whose prime attraction is the preserved Lion Capital or The Ashokan Pillar which is India's national emblem and Mulgandha Kuti Vihar during Buddhist Special Train Tour.

12:30hrs. Lunch.15:00hrs. Continue absorbing the rich culture of Varanasi via shopping. At 17:00 hrs, visit the Ghats along the River Ganges and avail the Boat Ride followed by evening Aarti. Transfer to Varanasi Railway Station to board the train + dinner.23:30hrs. Departure for Gorakhpur. Overnight on Board.
Day 05 : Gorakhpur - Lumbini (B/L/D)

Early morning tea on board 06:30 hrs - On arrival Gorakhpur Railway station, 07:00 hrs - Breakfast at hotel, 08:00 hrs- Drive to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Around 13:00 hrs, Lunch at hotel in Lumbini. 15:00 hrs, begin the sightseeing of Mayadevi Temple, Pushakarini Pond, Ashokan piller. 19:00 hrs - Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Lumbini.
Day 06 : Lumbini- Kushinagar - Gorakhpur (B/L/D)

05:00 hrs - 06:00 hrs, begin the early morning tea and breakfast in Lumbini. Check out from the hotel at 06:30hrs and depart for Kushinagar via surface.

12:30 hrs - On arrival in Kushinagar, the site of Lord Buddha's Parinirvana, have lunch aboard and continue sightseeing of Mahaparinirvana Temple and Rambhar Stupa.

17:00 hrs - Departure to Gorakhpur railway station via road. Arrive Gorakhpur Station at 19:00hrs. & board the Buddhist special train.

20:30hrs After dinner, depart Gorakhpur for Gonda. Overnight on Board.
Day 07 : Gonda - Sravasti - Gonda - Agra (B/L/D)

Arrival Gonda at 03:30 hrs on Day 7. Enjoy early Morning tea at 06:00 hrs in train. Depart by coach to Sravasti at 06:30 hrs (65 kms). At 07:30 hrs, arrive Sravasti and check into hotel. (For wash & change + Breakfast). At 09:30 hrs, proceed for sightseeing of Jetvana Vihara, Pakki Kuti & Saheth Maheth, prime attractions of Sravasti. After exploring Sravasti, continue the drive to hotel at 13:00 hrs for lunch.

Around 14:30 hrs, check out hotel in Sravasti and continue exploring Thai Temple. Later Proceed to Gonda Railway station. On arrival at Gonda station 18:30 hrs & board the Buddhist special train tour.

Departure Sravasti for Agra at 19:30 hrs. Overnight on Board.
Day 08 : Agra - Delhi (B/L/D)

Early Morning Tea at 06:00 hrs. Arrival at Agra during 06:30hrs. Wash & change & breakfast on board.
07:00 hrs - Proceed for sightseeing of world famous Taj Mahal, the world heritage site and the iconic architectural feat of the mighty Mughals. Proceed to the Railway station at 12:30 hrs. Departure Agra by train at 14:15 hrs for New Delhi. Evening tea at 16:00 hrs. Arrive Delhi Safdarjung Railway station at 17:30 hrs and conclude the Buddhist Special Train Tour.
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