New Delhi: Aiming to woo Buddhist pilgrims, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has announced a special tour package for those travelling on the Mahaparinirvan Express from January 21.

The Buddhist circuit special train will cover all major Buddhist sites including Bodhgaya, Nalanda, Rajgir, Sarnath, Varanasi, Kushinagar, Sravasti and Agra.

"Tourists will also have opportunity to visit the world famous Buddhist site Lumbini in Nepal. They would be provided a bus at Gorakhpur to travel to the site," a senior IRCTC official said.

The tour package of 7 nights/8 days at an estimated cost of Rs 45,000 for two persons includes journey by an exclusive tourist train, hotel accommodation, road transportation in AC deluxe buses, all meals, sight-seeing, entrance fee, tour guide service, travel insurance and onboard security.

"The offer is meant for domestic tourists as there are many Indians who are keen to visit Buddhist sites," the official said.

Pilgrims from over 30 countries have so far travelled on this special train in the last four years.