Indian Railways kickstart Buddhist Circuit Tourist trainTo facilitate people to embark on the path of enlightenment, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation's (IRCTC) Buddhist Circuit Tourist train on the Bharat Gaurav Trains concept has commenced its spiritual journey.In the Mahaparinirvana sutra, the Buddha tells his followers that they can attain merit and a noble rebirth by going on pilgrimage to the places where he was born- Lumbini, gained enlightenment- Bodhgaya, first taught- Sarnath, and attained Nirvana- Kushinagar.The Buddhist tourist train takes people to these destinations and helps them experience first-hand the self-disciplined and legendary life of Lord Buddha.India, the country where Buddhism originated has rich memories of the Buddhist legacy.
As part of its drive towards austerity, the only kind of art and architecture that it supported were Stupas (stone-cased moulds that commemorated relics of Buddha), Chaityas (prayer halls) and Viharas (cells for the monks).
Buddhist Train India will help you visit all these places up close for a truly religious experience.The seven nights and eight days tour started on March 11 from Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station.
This is the first departure of the tourist train post-COVID-19 pandemic. The tour will conclude on March 18 at Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station.During the journey, the rail tour will cover nine places across India and Nepal, which had a significant impact on Buddha's life and teachings.