Mahaparinirvan Express is a Buddhist circuit train run by Indian Railways to attract Buddhist pilgrims in India. Major Buddhist pilgrimage sites covered by Mahaparinirvan express train includes Bodhgaya,Rajgir,Sarnath,Kushinagar and Vaishali and Varanasi.
Mahabodhi Temple at Bodh Gaya is the most religious place in Buddhism and a world heritage site of India. Bodh Gaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites of Buddha and the place where Gautama Buddha have obtained Enlightenment.
Sarnath is one of the four places of Buddhist pilgrimage in India,located near Varanasi at the confluence of the Ganges and the Gomati rivers. Deer park in Sarnath is the place where Gautama Buddha delivered his first sermon.
Rajgir is a notable city in Nalanda district and one of the favorite places for Gautama Buddha. The place is known for Vulture’s Peak,Venuvana Monastery,Jivakambavana monastery,Jarasandha’s Akhara and Vishwa Shanti Stupa or Peace Pagoda.
Shravasti was one of the six largest cities in India during Gautama Buddha’s life,located near the Rapti River. The place is home to Buddhist monasteries,Anandabodhi tree and Anathapindika stupa.
Kushinagar is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site where Gautama Buddha attained Parinirvana. Tourism in Kushinagar includes Nirvana statue of the Buddha also known as Dying Buddha,Parinirvana Temple with Parinirvana Stupa, monasteries and Matha Kuar Shrine.