Buddhist sites to come up in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh

India PRWire, March 14, 2007

New Delhi, India - The Indian government has entered into an agreement with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation to develop Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

For the development of existing Buddhist sites of Sarnath, Jushinagar, Kapilvastu, Sravasti and Sankisa in Uttar Pradesh, a loan agreement of 9,495 million Yen has also been signed with the bank, Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni told Rajya Sabha Tuesday.

In addition, the government has contracted a loan agreement for 7,331 million Yen with the Japanese bank for the conservation of Ajanta and Ellora caves in Maharashtra and for promoting them as popular tourist spots.

The project will also cover Pitalkora, Aurangabad, Daulatabad, Patnadevei and Lonar in Maharashtra.