Published on : Saturday, October 9, 2021
The Union Ministry of Tourism is aiming to develop Bodh Gaya, a major Buddhist pilgrimage site, as a year-round tourist destination.For that, it is planning to set up required infrastructure and facilities.
Officials said that the place in Bihar’s Gaya district mainly attracts the elderly for religious and spiritual tourism’ however, efforts are being made to attract the youth as well.
A conference on tourism was held in Bodh Gaya on Tuesday and it was attended by the Director General of Tourism in the Ministry of Tourism G. Kamala VardhanaRao along with senior central and State officials.Mr. Rao said that the government is dedicatedtowards developing tourist sites related to Buddhism.
He said that to attract tourists globally, connectivity and infrastructure needs to be upgraded, and the government is working on these factors.
The Mahabodhi Temple Complex is located in Bodh Gaya. The Buddha attained enlightenment beneath a sacred Bodhi tree in this place.
The conference focussed on infrastructure development and boosting air, rail and road connectivity. The Ministry of Tourism, in association with various central ministries and the State governments of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, is developing a Buddhist tourism circuit.