MoT promotes Buddhist Circuit

The Ministry of Tourssm is planning to organize roadshow in Major Buddhist source market

In order to promote Buddhist  Tourism  , the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM)recently organized  the ‘International Meet on Buddhist Tourism’ in New Delhi . The Meet, a curtain raiser to the 4th International  Buddhist Conclave in Bodhgya and Sarnath, was attended by Shripad Yesso Naik , Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture;  Javed  Iqbal  Ansari , Tourism Minister of Bihar; Ashok Chandra Panda , Tourism Minister of Odisha: Rana Kapoor, President, ASSOCHAM and Managing  Director & CEO, YES Bank; The Gyalwang Drupka and Dipak Haksar,  Chairman, National Council for Tourism  & Hospitality, ASSOCHAM, among others.

              Inaugurating the event, Naik said that the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) is planning to rope in more states in the Buddhist Circuit apart from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. “There are several Buddhist destinations across India , therefore it is the need of the hour to develop these sites in terms of infrastructure, sanitation, maintenance, connectivity, safety and security,” he added.

             He informed that the MoT is working aggressively towards promoting the Buddhist Tourism Circuit in India. Naik said that the Buddhist Circuit is a combined initiative of the MoT and the state governments of  Bihar and UP, the private sector , Buddhist monasteries and the International Finance Corporation (Work Bank Group). Naik also released the knowledge report ‘Towards Sustainable Spiritualism; Buddhist Tourism – Linking Cultures, Creating Livelihoods and Yes Bank Buddhist Tourist Map’ at the meet.

            “Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world. The  Buddhist Circuit is not  only an important pilgrimage destination for the 450 million  practicing  Buddhists, but also for the vast  number of other travelers interested in history , culture or religion,” Kapoor said and added that initiatives such as providing  visa on arrival facility for tourists arriving  from European and western countries at Varanasi  and Bodh Gaya airport and further development  of the Buddhist circuits in 11 Indian states will created viable impetus, vital for continuing critical mass momentum and  infusing demand intro the under-leveraged inbound segment.