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Mahaparinirvan Express - Buddhist Circuit Train Tour

Destinations : Delhi – Gaya – Bodhgaya – Nalanda – Rajgir – Gaya – Varanasi – Sarnath – Nautanwa – Lumbini – Kushinagar – Gorakhpur – Balrampur – Sravasti – Balrampur – Agra – Delhi

Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days

Buddhist Circuit Tourist Train

The Mahaparinirvan Express is a Buddhist Pilgrim Train that takes you across all the major Buddhist destinations in India and Nepal. The newest initiative of the IRCTC (Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation), its a pan-India, 8 day journey to all those destinations which are considered to be the holiest Buddhist sites. Inaugurated in 2007, it has won the hearts of both Buddhist pilgrims and tourists with its facilities and brilliantly planned itinerary.

The Mahaparinirvan Express Journey is an elaborately, brilliantly planned journey of 8 days that commences and ends at Delhi. It takes you through the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India including Bodhgaya, Varanasi, Sarnath, Lumbini and Sravasti. This well-planned itinerary not also takes you to the most important places in Buddhism but also lets you enjoy sightseeing of the places associated with Buddhism.

Inside The Mahaparinirvan Express

The Mahaparinirvan Express has 18 first AC berths, 92 two-tier AC berths and 256 three-tier AC berths. Although not a luxury train per se, the Mahaparinirvan Express still affords great levels of luxury and comfort to its passengers.

The Journey

The Mahaparinirvan Express journey is an elaborate, well planned 8 day tour that begins and ends at Delhi. During its course, the Mahaparinirvan Express travels through prominent Buddhist pilgrim destinations of Bodhgaya, Varanasi, Sarnath, Lumbini, Sravasti, besides the city of the Taj Mahal, Agra. All tour highlights are well spaced and nowhere does the itinerary feels rushed.

The Mahaparinirvan Express is a lifetime experience that can be booked at really reasonable prices. Indian Luxury Trains offers comprehensive packages for the train's upcoming journeys next year. Call us today or drop us an email and we will get back on your tour query.


Dining in the Mahaparinirvan Express is also a luxurious affair, with the scrumptious meals served in a classy way. Hot and delicious meals are served onboard the hygienic kitchen car.

Toilet facilities

The lavatories onboard come with shower cubicles that supply both hot and cold running water. Further, the western-style toilets are both spacious and comfortable. Excellent cleanliness is maintained throughout the duration of the journey.

About the train

The Mahaparinirvan Express, launched by IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited), in 2007, is a Buddhist Pilgrim Train that lets you visit all the major Buddhist pilgrimage destinations in India. This well-planned 8-day journey takes you to Buddhist pilgrimage sites including Sarnath, Varanasi, Bodhgaya, Sravasti and Lumbini.


Travelling in the Mahaparinirvan Express is a luxurious experience, especially as far as the accommodations are concerned. The train boasts three kinds of accommodations – First AC, First AC Coupe and AC two Tier.

First AC comprises of an air-conditioned coach having Deluxe cabins with 2/4 berths each. The AC 2 Tier consists of air-conditioned coaches with berths in two tiers with curtains.

Other facilities

In addition, the travelers are assured completely security and service throughout the journey. Security guard are present onboard the train and at all times, there is CCTV surveillance. There is also a library for travelers who care to read while traveling.

Buddhist Circuit Tourist Train - Itinerary (Season 2021-2021)

Buddhist Circuit Special Train Schedule for 2021-2022

Month Dates
October' 2021 09, 23
November' 2021 20
December' 2021 04, 18
January' 2021 15, 29
February' 2022 26
March' 2022 12
Tariff for Buddhist Train (Season 2021-2022)

(For International Travellers)

Class of Travel Rates (Per Person Per Night) Tariff for Full Tour (for 07 nights)
AC - First Class USD 165 USD 1155
AC - Two Tier USD 135 USD 945
(For Indian Nationals Only)

Class of Travel Rates (Per Person Per Night) Tariff for Full Tour (for 07 nights)
AC - First Class INR 12580 INR 88060
AC - Two Tier INR 10290 INR 72030

Buddhist Circuit Tourist is pleased to announce special promo offer for Indian Nationals (including NRI,PIO,OCI) the details are as under:

  • Additional USD 150 per person for confirmed 2 seater coupe / Cabin in AC 1st Class.
  • First AC Coupe consist only two passengers sharing a cabin during the train journey.
  • Tour costs mentioned above are based on per person per night on twin sharing.Half fare for children between 5 and 12 years of age with bed in the same room (Age proof of children is to be furnished, which is required at the time of issuance of tickets)
  • Kindly note the Ministry of Finance, Government of India has proposed the service tax of 5.15% on the accommodation charges and are planning to charge the same. If the same is confirmed, it will be charged accordingly.
  • The above rates are subject to change on the basis of currency fluctuation.
Hotel Single Occupancy

Passenger who would like to have Single occupancy i.e. do not wish to share the room with anyone else should choose the option at the time of booking by paying additional amount of US$ 50 per night or US$ 200 for the full tour.

Note. Single Occupancy is not be applicable for Train journey.

Package Cost Includes :
  • Journey by Exclusive Air-conditioned Train as per the Itinerary.
  • Road transport by AC coaches as per the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary.
  • Meals as per the itinerary.
  • English / Hindi speaking Tour Escort.
  • Entrance fees of monuments/sightseeing trips as per the itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance.
Package Cost Excluded :
  • India and Nepal visa fees.
  • Items of personal nature, e.g. Laundry, Medicine, Alcoholic drinks etc.
  • Road Transfers to and from Delhi-Safdarjung Railway Station.
  • Hotel stay in Delhi before & after the trip, air ticket, visa charges etc.
  • Any other services not mentioned in 'Package Price Includes.
  • Fees for Still/ Flash Video camera at the monuments and other places.
Cancellation Policy :
No. of days before commencement of Trip* Total Deductions
45 Days and above(excluding departure date) 10% of the Package cost.
Within a period of 44 to 15 Days (excluding departure date) 25% of the package cost
Within a period of 14 to 7 Days (excluding of Departure Date) 50% of the package cost
Within the period of 7 Days or before the scheduled date of departure 100% of the package cost
*Excluding the day of start of journey.
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