Buddhist Circuit to be developed in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar

ANI, August 19, 2009

New Delhi, India -- Union Tourism Minister Kumari Selja has said that her Ministry will take along Uttar Pradesh and Bihar while promoting Buddhist Circuit for tourists.

She said that Buddhist Circuit is popular both among foreign and domestic tourists and all efforts will be made to make it a star attraction.

The issue came up during the meeting of Uttar Pradesh Tourism Minister Vinod Singh with Selja here today when the former called on her.

During the meeting, Uttar Pradesh submitted a project on the Buddhist Circuit to the Union Ministry for consideration.

Both the leaders discussed tourism related issues and Selja stressed the need to provide cleanliness and hygienic atmosphere at tourist spots in the state as the feel good factor among tourists will provide the state a chance to have more visitors.

She said, Public Awareness Campaign about cleanliness must be started in places like Agra where tourists come in large numbers.

She suggested that the help of corporate sector may also be taken in creating such awareness.

Selja also suggested to provide skill upgradation training to waiters, cooks, taxi drivers and other stakeholders to provide better experiences for tourists during their stay.

She said her Ministry is willing to provide training to instructors of the state in this regard, if such a request is put forward.

She also urged the state to work towards seamless travel for the comfort of the tourists as Uttar Pradesh is one of the key state in the Golden Triangle (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur), which attracts most of the foreign tourists visiting India.

Singh enlisted the efforts of the State Government in providing training to waiters, cooks and requested the Union Ministry to sanction a scheme of the State Government under which stipend for such training will be given to the beneficiaries.

He also sought help to have international airports at Agra and Kushinagar.