IRCTC has always been known for its user-friendly services. It is one of the biggest platforms that provides all kinds of travel related booking facilities. Buddhist Circuit in India is one such successful venture of the Indian Railways. It is only through this train that we are able to find the best buddhist places to visit. The train travel experience has been exclusively designed to help people from all over the world explore Buddhist places in India & Nepal with ease & comfort. The itinerary is planned in such a way that the guest can experience pure essence of Buddhism as they learn more about the teachings and principles of Lord Buddha.
Here is a list of the best Buddhist places to visit –
- Bodhgaya, Bihar – Home of Mahabodhi Tree and the Land of Nirvana
- Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh – One of the four Holiest buddhist places in India
- Lumbini, Nepal – Birthplace of Buddha
- Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh – Where Buddha attained Mahaparinirvana
- Sravasti, Uttar Pradesh- Where Lord Buddha spent 24 Chaturmasyas
- Rajgir, Bihar- Lord Buddha sought refuge from the world
- Nalanda, Bihar- Esteemed centre for Buddhist learning
The Buddhist Circuit Tour Packages include a trip to Bodhgaya, Rajgir, Nalanda, Varanasi, Sarnath, Lumbini, Kushinagar, Sravasti and Agra. All these places have played a vital part in Buddhism as they have contributed to Buddha’s learning and understanding of the universe and inner-self. Lord Buddha traveled to all these places, both pre and post enlightenment, at some point in his life or the other which is why they are known as the ‘Buddhist Pilgrimages Tour Packages in India’.
Buddhist Circuit in India costs are a lot reasonable. There are three cabins passengers can choose from:-
- AC First Class which costs 1155 Dollars or INR 82,600/-
- AC 2 Tier which costs 945 Dollars or INR 67,620/-
- AC First Coupe which costs 1305 Dollars or INR 93,330/-
Buddhist Travel and Tours –
- Buddhist Rajgir Tour Package –
Buddhists have been in love with Rajgir ever since they stepped their foot in it. It is encompassed by hills all around and is visited as a holy site with hot water springs and other natural wonders with medicinal properties. It is famous for its cyclopean walls, made of big limestone boulders which are very compact and have enveloped the entire city, thereby, safeguarding it. Major destinations in Rajgir are:
- Bimbisara Jail
- Gridhakuta Hills
- Venuvana Monastery
- Buddhist Varanasi Tour Package
Buddhist travel package to Varanasi includes the tour of all holy destinations that display exquisite Buddhist relics and artifacts. Major destinations in Varanasi are:
- Bodhgaya Tour Package
Bodhgaya was the center of lord Buddha’s meditation and preaching. He developed and honed his ability to concentrate under the Bodhi Tree. Some of the major destinations are:
- Mahabodhi Temple
- Bodhi Tree
- Nalanda Tour Package Nalanda is the hub for Buddhist learning. It was a sight to behold
as the university was both a learning and a teaching center. The students who had
absorbed all the education were asked to go their own way and attain enlightenment or a
higher level of consciousness through meditation. That is why it is an essential landmark
for Buddhist Circuit Tour Packages.
5. Lumbini Tour Package
It is a matter of great dignity and pride for Buddhist followers to visit Lumbi, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The Lumbini Museum has paintings, photos, artefacts of Buddhist Site. It is also famous for many bird species, Ashokan pillar and Maya Devi Mandir.
- Kushinagar Tour Package
Kushinagar is few kilometres from Gorakhpur and has magnificent stupas, monasteries and temples. Parinirvana Stupa is crowded with people from around the world who visit to experience the holy festivities that are celebrated here on the day of Buddha Purnima. It is also famous for Ramabhar Stupa and Matha Kaur Shrine.
- Agra Tour Package
Finally the Buddhist Train gushes towards Agra where all the guests are taken directly to the epitome of love Taj Mahal. The monument has maintained its pride as one of the seven wonders of the world. The place soothes everyone with its tranquility and presence of love in the air.
Journey with IRCTC Buddhist Circuit Tourist Train is a journey purely for internal peace. It is a journey through the austere Stupas and ancient monasteries, reverberating with the mythical chants of sacred Buddhist mantras, that will instantly transport you back to thousand of years. It provides the “best Buddhist places to visit” experience in the most comfortable, easy and hassle-free manner.
The Buddhist Circuit Tourist Train covers all the places which have had a significant impact on Lord Buddha’s life and his teachings. Board the Buddhist Circuit Tourist Train from Safdarjung Railway Station for a chance to walk in the footsteps of Lord Buddha.