MP will develop Buddhist Circuit to promote tourism
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.
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.