Mahaparinirvan Special Train

Mahaparinirvan special train is a tourist train that takes its passengers on a Buddhist spiritual tour both from India and abroad. Joint venture of IRCTC (Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd) and Indian Railways, this special tourists train was built specifically for Buddhist pilgrimage more than 2,500 years ago.

Mahaparinirvan special train is a connecting link to all the important places of Buddhist pilgrimages in India. Apart from this, it also takes its pilgrim passengers to a Buddhist place in Nepal. Named as “Mahaparinirvan Express”, it hosts all the basic facilities and service a luxury train is supposed to have.


Mahaparinirvan special train takes its passengers cum pilgrims on an eight day/ seven night tour to important places associated with Buddha’s life- Bodhgaya, Varanasi, Nalanda, Kushinagar, Lumbini, Sravasti and Agra.

Dating back to Buddha’s history, Lumbini is the birth place of Buddha. Bodhgaya was the place where he attained enlightenment, Sarnath- the place where Buddha started to learn, and Kushinagar- the Nirvana place of Buddha. These places are filled with art and architecture of Stupas, Chaityas and Viharas.

This Buddhist Circuit Train starts from Delhi, usually once or twice in a month taking its passengers cum pilgrims to Delhi, Gaya, Rajgir, Nalanda, Gaya, Varanasi, Sarnath, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Lumbini, Gorakhpur, Gonda, Sravasti, Agra, FatehpurSikri, Agra and back to Delhi.

Mahaparinirvan Special Train Tour

Day Destination
Day 01 Delhi
Day 02 Gaya
Day 03 Rajgir Nalanda
Day 04 Varanasi
Day 05 Gorakhpur - Khusinagar
Day 06 Gorakhpur - Lumbini - Gorakhpur
Day 07 Gonda - Sravasti - Gonda
Day 08 Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Delhi


Mahaparinirvan special train has 18 coaches of first AC, 92 coaches of two-tier AC, and 256 coaches of three-tier AC. Passengers can book for a Buddhist Package Tour that would include travel, catering, sightseeing and entrances free of various places and stay.

Mahaparinirvan Special Train Tariff

To know the tariff of Mahaparinirvan special train, you can learn it at the time of booking tickets. For single occupancy, the tariff would cost you a little more. Another mandatory information this train has for all its passengers is that every pilgrim must hold a valid Nepal Visa prior to the departure which can be attained easily at the Nepal border provided that you have two passport sized photographs. These visas should be double/multiple entry visas.

Tour Price

Class of Travel Sep 2011 to May 2012
(per night)
Full Tour
AC- First Class 160 7520 1120 52640
AC 2 Tier Inner Class 130 6110 910 42770
AC 2 Tier Side Berth 110 5170 770 36190
AC 3 Tier Class 105 4935 735 34545
AC First Coupe 160 +(USD 150 Per Pax for Partial/Full Tour) - 1270 57150