New Delhi: The Bihar government has decided to develop a 7-km stretch, believed to be the route taken by Gautam Buddha to reach Rajgir, as an international tourist site in the state.
Inaugurating the Rajgir Mahotsava-2011 yesterday, Chief
Minister Nitish Kumar made an announcement to develop the
Buddha route -- the seven km stretch between Rajgir and Bodh
Gaya -- as an international tourist site.
"Jethiyan, the place where Buddha first arrived from
Bodh Gaya has a great potential for an international tourist
site. There are hot and cold water lakes with medicinal values
which could also be an important place for health tourism,"
The three-day event aims to showcase rich culture of the
state along with its modern social dimensions to woo both
international and domestic tourists.
Besides local culture and artefacts which will be
displayed during the festival, several Bollywood personalities
would perform there to popularise the event.