Talks on for running daily trains on primary Buddhist circuit

By Arijit Paladhi  www.business-standard.com

The Mahaparinirvan Express, the special luxury train that connects Buddhist centres, might soon start daily service in the peak October-March season. For this purpose, talks are on between officials of the tourism ministry and Indian Railways.

The primary Buddhist circuit comprises places connected to the life of the Buddha. The train covers Buddhist locations such as Bodhgaya, Nalanda/Rajgir, Varanasi/Sarnath, Kus-hinagar, Lumbini and Sravasti. The government had announced plans to identify and develop five tourist circuits on specific themes. It had also allocated Rs 500 crore for the project.

The initial plan of the tourism ministry was to develop the circuit through better roads, infrastructure and hotels. More info

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