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Mahaparinirvan Express
 

Catering to the needs of Buddhist tourists from both India and abroad on their way to enlightenment, IRCTC (Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd) a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, has started a special train for Buddhist Pilgrimage. The train connects allimperative places of Buddhist pilgrimages in India and also one in Nepal. This special train is named as "Mahaparinirvan Express". The train homes all basic amenities and services.

   
  Mahaparinnirvana Pilgrimage
 
India is the holy place where the great religion of Buddhism was originated, Buddhist from all across the globe come to India to visit the holy pilgrimage of Buddhism. The land still showcases the rich reminiscence of Buddhist legacy. Mahaparinirvana is a Buddhist sutra, in which Buddha tells his followers that they can achieve merit and a noble rebirth by going on pilgrimage to some of the most important places related to Buddhism. The places are Lumbini where Buddha was born, Bodhgaya here Buddha gained enlightenment, Sarnath- here Buddha was first taught, and Kushinagar- the place where Buddha finally attained Nirvana. At these places still one can explore the only kind of art and architecture like Stupas (stone cased molds that memorialized relics of Buddha), Chaityas (they are the prayer halls) and Viharas (cells where monks live).
   
 
The train departs from Delhi usually once or twice in a month and here is how your pilgrimage will go:
   
 
Delhi - Gaya - Rajgir - Nalanda - Gaya - Varanasi - Sarnath - Varanasi - Gorakhpur - Khusinagar - Lumbini - Gorakhpur - Gonda - Sravasti - Gonda - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra – Delhi.
   
 
Mahaparinirvan Express has 18 berths of first AC, 92 of two-tier AC and 256 berths of three-tier AC. It will be a 7 days tour, you can choose from 1st class AC, 2nd Class AC, and 3rd Class AC. Prices will be variable according to the classes. Fare will be half for children between 5 and 12 years of age.
   
 
The Buddhist Package tour costs will includes travel, catering, conducted sightseeing, entrance fee at various places and stay on twin share basis. If you are willing to have single occupancy you need to choose this option at the time of Booking. It will cost you little more.
   
  Important Information
 
The journey will also include a day trip to Nepal, except Indian nationals other tourists will also need a Nepali visa. It can be easily attained at the border all you need is two passport sized photographs. Make sure that these are double or multiple entry visas, such that return to India will be permissible.
   
 
 
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