MoS Ajay Bhatt reports closure of Buddhist train circuit as part of “Swadesh Darshan” program to harness tourism potential
New Delhi [India], October 5 (ANI): The Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with the Ministry of Railways, on Monday launched the Delhi Buddhist Circuit train as part of the “Swadesh Darshan” program.
Union Minister of State for Tourism Ajay Bhatt today reported the departure of the indigenous train from Safdarjung station.
“With different tours such as Bodhya tour, Ramayana tour or Char Dham tour, the ‘Swadesh Darshan’ program is an integrated development of thematic touristic tours allowing the new generation to know its culture and history,” Bhatt said. .
“For Bodhya Circuit, wherever there are Mahatma Buddha footprints in the country, the Ministry of Tourism has taken a ‘train’ initiative which will take people to various areas associated with Buddha … This will boost tourism and raise awareness people to our history, ”added the Minister of State for Defense and Tourism.
The passenger train includes facilities such as a canteen, disinfection machines, a restaurant, etc., Bhatt said.
The Ministry of Tourism, in collaboration with various central ministries and state governments of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, is developing a Buddhist tour through Buddhist destinations in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, a press release from the ministry said. tourism.
The main verticals of developments within the Buddhist circuit are connectivity, infrastructure and logistics, cultural research, heritage and education, public awareness, communication and outreach.
Within the framework of the above-mentioned verticals, the main interventions undertaken are the development of international airports in Kushinagar and Shravasti.
Discussing the importance of visiting Indian destinations first before exploring global destinations, Bhatt said, “because we have such a great heritage as the Buddhist tourist train that covers Gaya-Bodhgaya, Rajgir-Nalanda destinations in Bihar as well as Sarnath-Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. “
The Minister emphasized the importance of domestic tourism to sum up the true spirit of the “Dekho Apna Desh” campaign.
The Ministry of Tourism has approved five projects in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh as part of its “Swadesh Darshan” program at a cost of Rs 325.53 crore, including development work is underway in three projects.
Two projects related to Varanasi, including a sound and light show at the Dhamek Stupa Buddha theme park in Sarnath, are underway and cost around Rs 9.5 crore.
The Ministry of Tourism is organizing a fan tour and a Buddhist Circuit Train conference from October 4 to 8, 2021. As part of this program, various Buddhist places will be visited as well as conferences will be held in Bodh Gaya and Varanasi. About 125 delegates attend this event.
The event is expected to bring together around 125 delegates, including tour operators, hoteliers, media, and officials from the tourism ministry and state governments. (ANI)