Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Expanded Luxury Train Service to Push Buddhist Tourism in India

Spiritual tourists who buy flights tickets to sojourn India have a reason to smile as the luxury tourist shuttle called Mahaparinirvana Express will run to the popular Buddhist sites in Odisha, a state in India, from January 20 2013.

Mahaparinirvana Express, the lavish train service was introduced in 2007 to ensure secure, reliable and convenient travel to pilgrim and spiritual vacationers who make tickets reservations for flights arriving in India. Currently, it begins its journey from Delhi and covers the major Buddhistic sites of Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Nalanda, Varanasi, Sarnath, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Lumbini and Sravasti in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, states in northern India.

From January 20, the shuttle’s network will be expanded to Odisha, allowing domestic and international tourists bagging flights tickets to comfortably travel the Buddhist sites in Bhubaneswar, Lalitagiri, Khandagiri and Udayagiri.

The added destinations are brimming with attractive stupas or dome-shaped shrines, chaityas and Ashokan edicts and catch the fancy of many foreign vacationers who book tickets deals for flights to travel the country.

Tourists from about 30 countries choose this train option to visit the Buddhistic riches of nation. The expansion is shot in the arm for nation’s Buddhism tourism industry.  On the other hand, it is definitely going to benefit the westerners who are often to be a part of mad scramble for cheap flights tickets deals for seeking Buddhism slice in the country.

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