The Centre flagged off the Buddhist Circuit Special Train in Delhi on October 4, which will cover major Buddhist spots in India. Here are all the details. By Anushka Goel
In a bid to promote religious tourism in India, the Centre has launched the Buddhist Circuit Train, which will take tourists to some of the most important Buddhism sites in the country, namely Gaya-Bodhgaya, and Rajgir-Nalanda in Bihar, and Sarnath-Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, reports Firstpost. The Centre had earlier announced the Ramayana Circuit train and has also launched the Gurudwara Circuit train—all to promote religious tourism and boost travel in the country.
Sh. Ajay Bhatt, Hon’ble Minister of State for Tourism and Defence flagged off the journey for ‘Buddhist Circuit Train FAM Tour and Conference’, at Delhi Safdarjung Railway Station. @PMOIndia @kishanreddybjp @KishanReddyOfc @shripadynaik @AjaybhattBJP4UK @IRCTCofficial pic.twitter.com/hBOfbfyT85
— Ministry of Tourism (@tourismgoi) October 4, 2021
On October 4, Ajay Bhatt, MoS Tourism & Defence, flagged off the Buddhist Circuit special Train from Safdarjung Railway Station in Delhi, reports ANI. The Ministry of Tourism, along with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has organised the Buddhist Circuit Train FAM Tour as part of the government’s Dekho Apna Desh initiative, reports Daily Excelsior.
The familiarisation tour, which will end on October 8, covers prominent Buddhist sites and conferences at Bodhgaya and Varanasi. The events hosted at these places are said to have been attended by around 125 delegates including tour operators, hoteliers, media and ministry and state government officials, media reports suggest.
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Talking at the flagging off ceremony, Bhatt said, “We have great heritage and monuments in our country. We have many Buddhist tourist places where people from several foreign countries like Japan and China come to visit. So, we should first explore our rich heritage,” reports Firstpost.