IRCTC Buddhist Tourist Train takes you to all the destinations where Buddhism prospered in the early 19th Century. The Buddhist Circuit tour starts from New Delhi and then takes you to Gaya, Rajgir and Nalanda, Varanasi and Sarnath, Lumbini, Kushinagar, Sravasti and Agra.

The Buddhist Circuit Tourist Train has two fine dining restaurants that seat 54 persons each and everyone on board dines together. Things to keep in mind while travelling on the Buddhist Train.

Boarding and Deboarding for Buddha Circuit Drive

All passengers are requested to check in 1 hour before departure at the Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station. If IRCTC is offering any vouchers or coupons for your journey, then passengers are informed via email or call 14 days before their departure. Once the ticket is checked the ticket holders are escorted to their cabins and luggage assistance is provided to them.

On your final night, de-boarding is completed only when the train manager has cleared luggage and charge you for extras if you have consumed any extra service.

Services included in your ticket

Travelling on Buddhist Tourist Circuit India provides much more than just accommodation in AC1 and AC2 class. The card consists of double/twin bedded accommodations in hotels with tour guides, all meals, entrance fees of monuments and transportation fee of all visiting places in the Buddha Circuit Drive.

Minimum number of passengers for Buddha Circuit Tourism

Buddhist Circuit Special Train does not take off if the minimum amounts of seats are not booked. The minimum number of passengers required is 175 and if that is not met the journey can be cancelled with a full refund or another trip can be selected by ticket holders. The announcement that the flight has been revoked is given 30 days prior.

Buddhist Pilgrimage Map

The main attractions on the Buddhist Pilgrimage Map are listed below

1. Mahabodhi Temple

2. Bodhi Tree

3. Niranjana River

4. Bimbisara Jail

5. Gridhakuta Hills

6. Venuvana Monastery

7. Nalanda Ruins

8. Nalanda Archaeological Site

9. Nalanda International University

10. Dhamekh Stupa

11. Sarnath Museum

12. Mulagandha Kuti Vihar

13. Ashokan Pillar

14. Mayadevi Temple

15. Ramabhar Stupa

16. Parinirvana Stupa and Temple

17. Matha Kuar Shrine

18. Jetavana Monastery

19. Pakki Kutti

20. Sahet Mahet

21. Agra Fort

22. Taj Mahal

23. Visa

For foreign nationals, a visa is a must have. They must have valid permission granted by Indian Missions abroad. If people arrive without the consent, they can be deported and may incur ticket losses as well. Foreign nationals holding tourist visas with a 90/180 day stipulation and a multiple entry facility can enter the country, but they must have a 2-month gap between two visits to the nation on this visa. However, if there is an urgency to visit the country, the tourist visa must be signed by Head of a mission.

Travel Insurance

It is a prerequisite of booking with IRCTC that you have a travel insurance cover from the country of domicile. IRCTC will not be accountable for any injury, illness, death, accident, loss of luggage or other personal property. Pre-existing medical conditions must be declared to both the insurer and IRCTC as failure to do so may invalidate the travel insurance policy. IRCTC Buddhist Circuit tourism asks for personal details along with an emergency contact number at the time of the booking. All the travel documents essential for Buddhist Circuit drive must be submitted 14 days before departure.

Luggage Allowance on Buddhist Circuit in India

The Luggage Allowance is the same as airlines with one checked in luggage, and one hand luggage allowed per person. However, if there is excess luggage, it may go in the cabin especially for storage, and it is advisable that you put a lock on it.


Child Policy for Tourist Circuit in India

Buddhist circuit is also known as the Dharmayatra or sacred course as the tour covers a lot of holy shrines and temples. It is a dream for parents to educate their child here on the Buddh circuit/ Buddha circuit with great fares

1) Children under the age of 5 are allowed free provided they share the berth with their parents.

2) Single child between the age of 5 to 12 will be charged 50 percent of the adult fare and will share the double bed with parents.

3) Above 12 years of age, a ticket must be purchased complete with GST charge.

Train Manager

A train manager is available at all times to make sure passengers don’t face any problems on the Buddhist Circuit Train and enjoy themselves entirely on the Buddhist Circuit Tour.