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Tourism
MP will develop Buddhist Circuit to promote tourism
21-05-2013

Bhopal: Now, Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation will develop Buddhist Circuit to promote Buddhist tourism in the state. For this, the Union Government has sanctioned Rs 5 crore.

Sanchi is the most favourite site for Buddhist tourists. Tourists from Sri Lanka, Japan, Thailand, Korea and China visit Sanchi world heritage, 46 kilometers from Bhopal. There are a number of monuments here dating back from 3rd to 12th centuries. The structures were restored under the supervision of Johan Marshall from 1912 to 1919. Sanchi has structures with best of Buddhist architecture including Stupas and welcome arches. Madhya Pradesh government is also establishing Buddhist and Indic Studies University at Sanchi.

The Tourism Development Corporation has chalked out an action plan regarding possible tourist spots in the Buddhist Circuit. The circuit has been chalked out by incorporating Sanchi, Satdhara, Sonari, Murel Khurd and Andher.

Satdhara stupas are situated 17 kilometers from Sanchi. There are 7 stupas there in which remains of Lord Buddha’s disciples Sariputra and Maudtralayayana were found. Village Sonari is 13 kilometers from Sanchi.

There is Buddha stupas on small hillocks there. There are 3 Buddha stupas at village Andher 17 kilometers away from Vidisha. Remains of Vakiputra, Gogalyaputra and Harithiputra have been found in these stupas.

At the Buddhist Circuit’s tourism destinations various facilities will be developed for tourists including road, day-shelter, viewpoint, bus stand, railway station, roadside signages, adequate lighting and solar lighting at Satdhara, Sonari and Murel Khurd, shelter home, toilets etc.

Besides, the corporation has decided to use latest technique to facilitate foreign tourists in these areas including UR code. At present, this facility is available at Khajuraho and Orchha. With the help of UR Code, foreign tourists can have detailed information about these heritage structures on their mobile phones.