Union Minister Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the five-day ‘International Buddhist Conclave’ in New Delhi.
India is the birthplace of Buddhism and it has a very rich Buddhist Heritage.
Over 285 participants from 39 counties are participating in the fifth edition of the event.
Tourism Ministry is organising the fifth edition of the conclave with a view to showcase Buddhist heritage and pilgrimage sites in the country to attract tourists from overseas country.
The Conclave would include presentations, panel discussions, business-to-business meetings between domestic and international tour operators and state governments.
The participants would also be visiting important Buddhist sites in and around Varanasi, Sarnath and Bodhgaya.
Indian government has sanctioned about Rs 300 crore for development of Bhuddhist circuit which includes Rs 94 for construction of a cultural centre at Bodhgaya in Bihar.
Other Buddhists sites are located at Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.