UP has the richest Buddhist heritage: Jaiveer Singh

Lucknow:  The Tourism and Culture Department of Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) New Delhi on Tuesday at Paryatan Bhawan Lucknow.
Tourism and Culture Minister of UP Jaiveer Singh said that the MoU aim is to propagate Buddhism and Buddhist culture with mutual cooperation at domestic and global level.

He said that UP has the richest Buddhist heritage and maximum potential for Buddhist tourism. “Tourist places and tourist facilities are being continuously developed here. Lakhs of Buddhist pilgrims and tourists from Southeast Asia visit here every year,” he said.
Singh said that the Tourism and Culture department will collaborate and identify Buddhist sites across the state along with providing all the necessary land, permissions and rights to the IBC for attracting tourists globally and its overall development.
Principal Secretary of Tourism and Culture Mukesh Kumar Meshram said that with the help of IBC, the rich Buddhist heritage of the state will be promoted and disseminated at the international level. “In order to attract world tourists to the state, it has also been agreed to hold seminars, functions, fairs and celebrate Buddhist festivals like Ashadh Purnima and Buddha Purnima simultaneously. This will give further impetus to tourism in the state,” he said.
The Director General of IBC Abhijit Halder said that IBC is in touch with about 40 countries. “Awareness will be spread about tourist places associated with Lord Buddha there,” he said.
Special Secretary Tourism Ashwini Kumar Pandey and Director Tourism Prakhar Mishra were also present on the occasion.

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