A special train for India’s Buddhist tourism circuit launched on Saturday.
The Economic Times reports that the special pilgrimmage train will operate a total of six journeys between now and March 2016. The seven-night, eight-day itinerary will take Buddhist travellers to a series of important religious sites, starting at Bodh Gaya in the state of Bihar and ending at the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Stops en route include Rajgir and Nalanda in Bihar, and Sarnath, Kushinagar and Shravasti in Uttar Pradesh.
A senior official at India’s Ministry of Railways said the train would offer “a safe, comfortable and reliable package for international as well as domestic travellers”.
Operated by Indian Railways Tourism & Catering Corporation (IRCTC), the train will offer 274 seats in a choice of three air-conditioned carriage classes.
Tour packages include train journeys, hotel accommodation, road transport, tour guide services, meals, travel insurance, admission fees to the Buddhist sites