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Tourism ministry to develop a Buddhist circuit in India

DELHI

The Ministry of Tourism has proposed to develop a Buddhist circuit under its newly launched scheme Swadesh Darshan said the minister of state for Tourism and Culture (independent charges), Culture  and Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma.

He said that the places identified for development under the scheme are Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Vaishali in Bihar and Kapilavastu, Sarnath, Sravasti, Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh.

He also informed that departments of tourism of the Governments of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group)had entered into an agreement in October 2013 to cooperate in upgrading the quality of services and goods provided for tourists along the “Buddhist Circuit” in India.

He said that project has now been completed at a total cost of Rs 450 lakh. IFC contributed 40% of the total project cost, the Ministry of Tourism footed 50% of the project cost and the state governments did 5% each.

Musafir Namah Bureau

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