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Number of visitors to Lumbini, birth place of Lord Buddha increase massively

BHAIRAHAWA: With the launch of the government’s “Visit Lumbini-2076” campaign, number of tourists visiting Lumbini has increased.
During seven months, from January to July, 2019, the number of tourists in Lumbini has increased massively.
Within last seven months, 960,000 Nepalese, Indian and international visitors visited the sacred Buddhist site. Tourists from 104 countries have visited Lumbini, said engineer Saroj Kumar Bhattarai, member secretary and planning chief, Lumbini Development Trust.
In the past seven months, the number of visitors from the third countries have reached 86,531 while the number of internal and Indian tourists visiting Lumbini was 763,431 and 110,298 respectively.
The number of international tourists has increased by 16 per cent, said Bhattarai. Last year, only 74,129 tourists had visited Lumbini, in seven months.
Amongst the international tourists, the number of Sri-Lankan visitors is higher, i.e. 17,239. Also, thousands of tourists from Myanmar, Thailand, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, USA and France have visited the holy place.
Mayadevi temple, Ashok pillar, holy Puskarani Kunda, eternal peace flame was the major places of attraction for the visitors to tour around.
The government of State-5 had organised the “Visit Lumbini-2076” campaign with a target to welcome two million tourists in Lumbini. One third of Rs. 41 million allotted by the state government for the campaign was spent in two months.
Except for burning of peace flame within the premises of Mayadevi temple, the government spent Rs. 16 million within two months on various informal programmes.
Even though the state government had initiated the campaign as an add-on to the “Visit Nepal-2020” campaign of the federal government, the state government has been spending the money allotted in various unimportant and unnecessary programmes.
The state government had spent almost Rs. 5 million in the inauguration programme itself. The campaign was inaugurated by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari.
As per the figures made public by the government, millions of rupees have been spent for “Mayadevi Prasuti Utsav”, “Sujata Khir Utsav”, full moon day and for construction of attractive gates. Also, more than Rs. 3 million was spent for the promotional events and for the construction of national flag.
The state government has planned to conduct several programmes at Tilaurakot, Gotihawa, Kudan, Niglihawa, Devaha, Ramgram, Araurakot, Sagarhawa, Anoma River and all other places associated with the birth of Lord Buddha.

Published Date: Monday, August 5th, 2019 | 08:46 PM

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