Buddhist Circuit Under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism

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The Union Ministry of Tourism has proposed to develop Buddhist Circuit under its newly launched Scheme SWADESH DARSHAN. Places identified for development under the said circuit are Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Vaishali in Bihar and Kapilavastu, Sarnath, Sravasti, Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh.

This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge), and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to an unstarred question to the Lok Sabha.

In pursuance of the budget announcement of 2014-15, the Ministry of Tourism has launched two new plan schemes (i) “National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD)” and (ii) “SWADESH DARSHAN”. Both the schemes are to be implemented in mission mode. Developing world-class infrastructure in the respective destinations/circuits is one of the mission objectives of the schemes.  The SWADESH DARSHAN scheme will deal with Integrated Development of Theme-Based Tourist Circuits.

Under PRASAD, initially, twelve cities namely Amritsar, Ajmer, Amaravati, Dwaraka, Gaya, Kanchipuram, Kedarnath, Kamakhya, Mathura, Puri, Varanasi and Vellankani have been identified for development.

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