Print Edition - 2014-09-26 | MONEY
Nepali team in India to push Buddhist circuit
Sep 25, 2014-
A Nepali delegation led by Bikram Pandey, CEO of Buddhist Circuits.com, left for New Delhi on Thursday to participate in the fourth International Buddhist Conclave scheduled to be held in Bodhgaya and Sarnath from September 26-28, prominent Buddhist pilgrimage sites in India.
The conference is being organised by the Indian Ministry of Tourism in association with the Uttar Pradesh and Bihar state governments with the aim of promoting Buddhist heritage sites. The participants will devise new business strategies for marketing Buddhist heritage sites in India and Nepal.
The Buddhist circuit is a globally important route for over 550 million Buddhists. It traces the life of the Buddha across Nepal and India, from Lumbini where he was born, Bodhgaya where he attained enlightenment and Sarnath where he preached his first sermon to Kushinagar where he attained nirvana. Presently, the trail attracts only a small fraction of potential Buddhist pilgrims.
The Nepali team plans to host a meeting on the sidelines of the convention with tour operators from Bodhgaya and other Indian travel traders specializing in Buddhist tours to promote and market Lumbini and nearby holy sites.
The delegation will also hold discussions with Indian and international Buddhist tour operators and request them to promote Buddhist
pilgrimage tours to Lumbini lasting at least two nights so that visitors have an opportunity to explore the Buddhist sites of Kapilvastu and Lumbini.
Presently, most pilgrims coming to Lumbini via India spend only a few hours in Nepal as an extended day trip from Gorakhpur.
In a bid to encourage pilgrims to stay longer and see more, Pandey has been working to market Lumbini Head Start Buddhist Circuit Tours internationally which will follow the route taken by Gautam Buddha.
Published: 26-09-2014 10:16