Kathmandu: Nepal will soon launch a bus tour
from Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, to different
Indian cities having important Buddhist pilgrimages, to lure
over a million tourists to the country during the Tourism Year
The Eco-tourism Buddhist Circuit pilgrimage tour will
start from Lumbini in Western Nepal and take a round of Indian
cities Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Kushinagar before concluding at
where it started, said Nepal Tourism Board chief Prachanda Man
The ten-day tour aims to promote Nepal`s tourism, which
had suffered a lot during the decade-long insurgency, by
luring Buddhist pilgrims from around the world, Shrestha said.
The pilgrims would get to see Buddhist stupas, chaityal,
monasteries, mahaviharas, arts and architecture and religious
literature from different parts of India and Nepal during the
tour that would cost around 400 US dollar per person.
At the initiative of the Nepal Tourism Board, two
42-seater deluxe buses will be arranged as per the packaged
tour programme that would start its trial run in November.
The regular bus service will start from January 2011 to
coincide with the Nepal Tourism Year.
Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini some 2,554 years ago and
he got enlightenment in Bodhgaya, preached his first disciple
in Sarnath and died in Kushinagar of India.
Though Buddha was born in Nepal, the country has not
received its proper share from the Buddhist pilgrimage tour
due to lack of publicity and lack of connectivity, the
Through the packaged tour Nepal aims to get its share
from around 300,000 Buddhist pilgrims who are currently
visiting mainly Indian cities annually, Shrestha said.