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Bodh Gaya to host intl Buddhist conclave

DELHI

The fourth edition of the International Buddhist Conclave will be held at the Kagyupa International Monglam Trust near Terger Monastery in Bodh Gaya, Bihar from September 26-28, 2014. Organised by Ministry of Tourism, Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC); and Uttar Pradesh (UP) Tourism, the conclave aims to promote Buddhist heritage in India and is expected to be attended by over 300 delegates from 30 countries.

The event will have cultural programmes, panel discussions and presentations by State Tourism Boards on Buddhist sites. It will also have networking session for buyers and sellers and an exhibition at the venue.

During the Conclave, BSTDC will also take delegates on guided tours to Buddhist attractions located in Bodh Gaya, Rajgir and Nalanda. Javed Iqbal Ansari, Minister for Tourism, Government of Bihar said, “Bihar wants to disseminate information on Buddhist relics in the state to the world.”

Dr Ansari added, “Buddhist Tourism is mainly popular in foreign countries, especially in South-East Asian countries. We want to promote it in India since the country holds immense potential in the segment, especially in states like Bihar, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. Buddhist Tourism holds great scope for the tourism industry of the country,” he said.

Musafir Namah Bureau

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