With the support of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, the Buddhist Circuit Special Train, was launched by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd., a Mini Ratna Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry of Railways, Government of India in the year 2007, with the objective of offering a safe, comfortable & reliable tour package for international as well as domestic travelers on the Buddhist Circuit. This is a fully AC train with a capacity of 274 seats comprising of 72 berths in first AC, 138 berths in second AC and 64 berths in third AC.
During its 7 nights / 8 days journey from Delhi it covers important sites such as Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Nalanda, Sarnath, Kushinagar, Lumbini, Shravasti and at the end The Taj Mahal (Agra). The all-inclusive tour package includes train journeys, hotel accommodation, road transport, tour guide services, tour manager services, all meals, travel insurance, security and monument admission fees etc. during the tour. This train has been awarded the coveted National Tourism Award of Excellence by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India in Feb 2009. In the year 2011-12, the train got ISO certification and upgraded with a number of additional facilities and amenities for providing better services to the passengers.
The ninth Drona Stupa, which is said to be the site where the last rites of Lord Buddha were performed, has been located at Bhagwanganj village under Masaurih sub-division in Patna district.
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Part I of this book by Chan Khoon San describes mental aspects of a pilgrimage, and tells about the famous pilgrims of old. Finally, the restoration of the Buddhist shrines and the revival of Buddhism in India are described
Parts II & III of this book trace the history and religious significance of each of the Eight Great Places and the objects of interest that can be found there.
Part IV describes other important shrines along the pilgrimage route that pilgrims should also visit if there is sufficient time.
Part V of this book provides information on travelling around the Buddhist circuit, road distances, maps showing the locations of the shrines and the pilgrimage groups organized by the author.