State Affairs

Patnaik wants Odisha Buddhist circuit in Swadesh Darshan scheme

BHUBANESWAR

Projecting “huge potential” of Buddhist tourism in Odisha that has identified more than 200 sites, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged the Centre to include the Buddhist circuit of the state in the list announced by Union Tourism Ministry under “Swadesh Darshan” scheme.

“I would like to draw your attention to the huge potential of Buddhist tourism of Odisha. Archaeological exploration and excavations have established more than 200 Buddhist sites across the state,” Patnaik said in a letter to Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma on October 31.

The Buddhist Triangle – popularly known as the Diamond Triangle of Odisha comprising Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri and Udayagiri, which is about 100 km from the state capital – is now a major tourist attraction, he said, adding Buddhism flourished in these places from 3rd Century BC to 15th Century AD.

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