Here are five things to know about the Buddhist Circuit Tourist Train package:
1. Mode: While most of the journey is covered by train comprising AC First Class and AC Two-Tier seat options, parts of the tour are covered by road, according to the IRCTC tourism website.
2. Itinerary: The Buddhist Circuit Tourist Train tour comprises Delhi on Day 1, Bodhgaya on Day 2, Nalanda and Rajgir on Day 3, Varanasi and Sarnath on Day 4, Kushinagar and Lumbini on Day 5 and 6, Sarvasti on Day 7 and Agra on Day 8, according to the IRCTC website.
3. Cost: Passengers can board the tour either on a full-tour basis or a per-night basis. Different charges have been set for both the modes. In rupee terms, the tour costs Rs 10,725 per guest per day, and Rs 75,075 per guest for the full tour, according to IRCTC.
|Package rates for 2018-19 and 2019-20|
|Class of train journey||Capacity||Per night||Full tour (7 nights)|
|In US dollar||In rupee||In US dollar||In rupee|
|AC First Class||72 Guests||165||10725||1155||75075|
|AC Two-Tier||92 Guests||135||8775||945||51425|
4. Discount: The 10 per cent discount can be availed by Indian nationals including NRIs, PIOs and OCIs, IRCTC said on Twitter.
|Departure dates for 2018-19 and 2019-20|
|October||13, 27||5, 19|
|November||10, 24||2, 16, 30|
|December||8, 22||14, 28|
|January||5, 19||11, 25|
|February||2, 16||8, 22|
|March||2, 23||14, 28|
IRCTC or Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation, under the Ministry of Railways, was established on August 1, 2001 with the objective of professionalizing catering services and promoting domestic and international tourism. There are six Zonal Offices and Ten regional offices all over the Country for monitoring operations at ground level, according to the IRCTC website.
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