Union Tourism Minister
Minister Shri Subodhkant Sahai will inaugurate the Second International
Buddhist Conclave at Varanasi on September 29, 2012.
The conclave is being held with a view to showcasing and projecting the
Buddhist Heritage of India. The Conclave invitees include the
International Buddhist scholars, tour operators and media both domestic
and international who actively promote Buddhist Tourism. The other
states with Buddhist sites like Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal
Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha
besides Bihar will be associated in the event. The Conclave is an
important tourism marketing event designed to bring together
international buyers from around the world particularly from the popular
Buddhist destinations like Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Korea, China etc.
together, to interact, promote and sell, with the objective of
increasing tourist arrivals to India and specifically to the Buddhist
sites in different states.
About 130 Overseas guests including Buddhist Scholars/Tour Operators and
Media representatives (mainstream media and travel journalists) from 30
Zealand, Phillipines, Republic of Korea,Russia,Singapore,South
Africa,Spain,Sri lanka,Taiwan,Thailand,UK,USA and Vietnam will be
attending the conclave. More than one hundred Indian Tour Operators,
Scholars, Media personnel from 16 States/UTs will also be attending the
The Conclave sessions include Technical sessions on Buddhism for
scholars, and travel and Tourism sessions for the media and Tour
operators. The delegates will also be taken for site visits to Bodh Gaya
India has a rich Buddhist Heritage, with several important sites
associated with the life of Lord Buddha, which are of great interest for
followers of Buddhism the world over. Buddhism originated in India and
has spread to almost all the countries of the world, with the population
of Buddhists estimated to be around 350 million. Countries like China,
Thailand, Cambodia have a high proportion of Buddhists in their
population and the religion is also becoming quite widespread in
America, Australia and United Kingdom. Other Southeast Asia countries
like Japan. Thailand, Korea, China, Vietnam, Srilanka etc. have sizeable
Buddhist population and are important source markets for India Tourism.
Buddhist sites in India include Bodhgaya, Nalanda, Rajgir and Vaishali
in Bihar, Sarnath and Sravasti in Uttar Pradesh, Ajanta & Ellora in
Maharashtra, Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh, Amaravati & Nagarjuna Konda in
Andhra Pradesh and many more. There is a great potential for promoting
tourism to these sites and efforts are being made to drive tourist
traffic to the different sites.