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Nepal Wants Lumbini in Indian Buddhist Circuit
Dec 25, 2014

Nepal is now seeking linkages with the Buddhist circuit in India to promote Buddha’s birthplace Lumbini to international tourists. At present, not many of the Buddhist tourists who visit India come to Lumbini in Nepal or spend just a few hours in the Himalayan nation. Nepal wants to change the trend with India’s help.

During his Nepal visit in August, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had offered Indian assistance for development of Lumbini including linking it with Buddhist circuit in India, based on specific proposals from Nepal.

A Nepali delegation was in India to take part in the 4th International Buddhist Conclave held at Bodhgaya and Sarnath and explore possibilities of promoting Lumbini. Organised by the Indian ministry of tourism the conclave seek to devise new business strategies for marketing Indian Buddhist heritage together with similar sites in Nepal.

Buddha was born at Lumbini in Nepal, attained enlightenment at Bodhgaya, delivered his first sermon at Sarnath and passed away at Kushinagar.

Besides Lumbini Nepal also hopes to attract more international tourists to other sites connected with life of Buddha like Ram Gram, Kapilavastu, Niglihawa, Kudan and Gotihawa. The Nepali delegation held discussions with Indian officials and both Indian and international tour operators to bring in more pilgrims and tourists and also tried to make them spend more time.

The Buddhist circuit, which connects all the important places in Buddha’s life, is important for over 550 million Buddhists across the globe. At present India and Nepal has been able to attract only a fraction of that number.

The Buddhist cultural heritage has a long and special history that dates back more than 2,500 years and actually unites most of South, South-East and East Asia. The influence of Buddhism can be seen across all Asian countries in terms of history and culture.


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