The Ministry of Tourism
has appointed a National Level Consultant (NLC) to identify spiritual
tourism circuits, including Buddhist Circuits, for integrated
development, during the 12th Plan period, in association with the
States/Union Territories (UT).
The names of the Buddhist Circuits identified, on the basis of their
tourism potential, in consultation with States and stakeholders, by NLC
are given below:
i. Dharmayatra Circuit: Bodh Gaya (Bihar) – Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh) -
Kushinagar (Uttar Pradesh) – Piparvah (Uttar Pradesh).
ii. Extended Dharmayatra Circuit: Bodh Gaya (Bihar) – Nalanda (Bihar)–
Rajgir (Bihar)– Patna (Bihar)– Vaishali (Bihar)– Vikramshila (Bihar) –
Sarnath (Uttar Pradesh) – Kushinagar (Uttar Pradesh) – Kapilvastu (Uttar
Pradesh) – Sankisa (Uttar Pradesh) – Piparvah (Uttar Pradesh)
While identifying the designated circuits efforts have been made to plug
infrastructure gaps viz- rail/road linkages and provide better amenities
No funds have been sanctioned so far to the States/UTs for the
The States/UTs have set-up respective State Level Monitoring Committees
(SLMCs) to regularly review the progress of tourism infrastructure
projects. Ministry of Tourism also monitors the implementation of
projects through Regional Conferences, field inspections by the officers
of the Ministry and periodical review meetings with the State/UT
officers. State Governments/UT Administration are required to submit
reports of the State Level Monitoring Committees to the Ministry of
This information was given by the Union Minister for Tourism Dr. K.
Chiranjeevi in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.