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MAHAPARINIVAN SPECIAL TRAIN

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"Mahaparinirvana" is the highest state realised by a perfect Buddha – a state in which that Buddhic being awakens to "the Eternal, Bliss, the Self, and the Pure". Only in Mahaparinirvana is this True Self ("atman") of the Buddha said to be fully discernible. Buddha entered Mahaparinirvana (the great passing away) in the full moon of the month of Vaisakha (April-May), probably between 487 and 483 B.C…(according to the Sri Lankan tradition and other southeastern countries, it is believed that Buddha entered Parinirvana in 544-543 B.C.)

DAY 1 DELHI – GAYA
1800 hrs - Assemble at the assembly area at Safdurjung Railway Station. Traditional welcome and you will be escorted in the train.
1830 hrs - Board the train.
1900 hrs - Departure of the train for Gaya
2030 hrs - Dinner & Overnight on-board train.

DAY 2 GAYA – BODHGAYA

0500–0700– Early morning Tea & Breakfast in Train.
0800 hrs - Arrive at Gaya. Disembark the train and assemble for boarding the A/C deluxe coaches for road journey to Bodhgaya. 0930 hrs - Arrive at Bodhgaya. Check-in at the hotel.
1100 hrs - Proceed by coach for sightseeing tour of Bodhgaya including Mahabodhi Temple, Niranjana River & Bodhgaya Museum.
1300 hrs - Return to the hotel for lunch.
1600 hrs - Proceed for sightseeing of Thai Temple, Japanese Temple and Buddha Statue.
2000 hrs - Return to the hotel for Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 3 BODHGAYA – RAJGIR – NALANDA – GAYA - VARANASI

0530 hrs - Early morning tea & breakfast. Check out from the hotel for departure to Rajgir.
0700 hrs - Proceed by coach to Rajgir.
0930 hrs -Proceed for sightseeing tour of Rajgir including Gridhkut Hill, Bimbimsara Jail, Hot water springs & Venuvan. 1300 hrs - Return to the hotel Rajgir Residency for lunch.
1330 hrs - Proceed for sightseeing of Nalanda University & Museum.
1700 hrs - Evening tea. Return back to the hotel.
1800 hrs - Back to Bodhgaya
2100 hrs - Dinner at Hotel. Proceed by coach to board the train at Gaya.
2300 hrs - Departure from Gaya to Varanasi by train.

DAY 4 VARANASI – SARNATH – GORAKHPUR
0500 hrs - Early morning tea on-board and arrive at Varanasi. Disembark the train and assemble for boarding the A/C deluxe coaches.
0600-0800 – Arrive & check-in at the hotel. Breakfast at the hotel.
0830 hrs - Depart for Sarnath for sightseeing of Dhamekh Stupa, Sarnath Museum, The Ashokan Pillar, Mulgandha Kuti Vihar.
1230 hrs - Return to hotel for lunch & check-out.
1400 hrs - Golf or Shopping
1600 hrs - Visit to the Vishwanath Temple, Ghat by Boats. Watch the evening aarti. Return to the train.
2030 hrs - Dinner in Train & departure for Gorakhpur

DAY 5 GORAKHPUR –KUSHINAGAR

0500 hrs - Early morning tea & arrive at Gorakhpur.
0600 hrs - Proceed by A/C deluxe coach to Hotel at Kushinagar. 0730 hrs - Arrival & Check-in at the hotel.
0900 hrs - After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Kushinagar including Mahaparinirvan Temple, Rambhar Stupa, Nirvana Stupa & Mata Kutir Temple. 1400 hrs - Lunch at the hotel.
1600 hrs - Evening Tea. Rest of the day at leisure.
2000 hrs - Dinner & Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 6 KUSHINAGAR – LUMBINI – GORAKHPUR - GONDA
0530–0700 – Early morning tea & breakfast at the hotel.
0730 hrs - Check-out of the hotel & depart for Lumbini.
1230 hrs - Arrival & sightseeing of Lumbini including Maya Devi Temple & Ashokan Pillar.
1330 hrs - Lunch at the hotel.
1400 hrs - Proceed for sightseeing of Pushkarni & Buddhist Monastery at Lumbini.
1530 hrs - Evening tea. Depart to Gorakhpur by A/C deluxe coach.
2000 hrs - Arrive at Gorakhpur.
2030 hrs - Dinner in train & depart by train to Gonda

DAY 7 GONDA – SARAVASTI – GONDA –AGRA
0330 hrs - Arrive at Gonda. 0500 hrs - On board early morning tea.
0600 hrs - Departure by coach to Saravasti, arrive & check-in at Hotel Lotus Nikko.
0900 hrs - After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Sehat Mahet and other Budhist sites at Saravasti.
1300 hrs - Lunch at the hotel.
1400 hrs - Proceed for sightseeing of Jetvana Vihara & Pakki Kuti (Angulimala Stupa).
1700 hrs - Evening tea & checkout of the hotel to return to Gonda railway station.
2000 hrs - Depart by train to Agra. Dinner & overnight on board train.

DAY 8 AGRADELHI
0430 hrs - Early morning tea & arrival at Agra
0530-0730 – Transfer to the hotel & check-in.
0800 hrs – Breakfast at the hotel.
0930 hrs – Proceed for sightseeing tour of Taj Mahal & Agra Fort. 1230 hrs - Proceed for train for onboard lunch.
1355 hrs - Depart by train to New Delhi
1600 hrs – Evening tea on board train.
1700 hrs – Arrive Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station
TARIFF
Package price 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 in comfortable Hotels.
  • Meals as per the itinerary.
  • English / Hindi speaking Tour Escort.
  • Entrance fees of monuments/sightseeing trips as per the itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance.

Package price does not Include:-

  • 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, etc.
  • Any other services not mentioned in ‘Package Price Includes.
Departure Dates: Till March 2009
  • JAN 09    10th & 24th
  • FEB 09     7th & 21st
  • MAR 09    7th & 21st
Cancellation:

*Excluding the day of start of journey.
No. of days before commencement of Trip*
Total Deductions
More than 21 days
5% of package cost.
21 days to 8days
10% of package cost
Less than 7 days
100% of package cost

The cancellation for passengers on the Buddhist Train may be done as per the following terms & conditions:No refund or adjustment will be made in the event of interruption of journey by a tourist on his own after the commencement of the tour.
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