Nepal wants Buddhist circuit to get expanded to Pakistan and Sri Lanka

File image: Nepal’s Ambassador to India, Deep Kumar Upadhyay

Kathmandu, September 14

Nepal wants the Buddhist circuit to get expanded as far as to Pakistan and Sri Lanka besides India, says Nepal’s Ambassador to India, Deep Kumar  Upadhyay.

The circuit as proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi connects Kapilvastu and Lumbini of Nepal with Bodh Gaya, Vaishali, Rajgir and Kushinagar in Bihar, Sarnath and Shravasti in Uttar Pradesh of India.

Upadhyay says Lord Buddha and his message of peace can become a tool for Asian cohesion, according to a report in DNA India.

At the recent of the SAARC working group, representatives from Pakistan and Afghanistan expressed interest in promoting their Buddhist links, according to the envoy.

Besides the famous Taxila ruins in Pakistan, Gandhara — the region around present-day Peshawar — encompassed Bamiyan in Afghanistan, Bactria, the Hindu Kush and the Punjab region in India have many Buddhist relics, the report informs.

Published on September 14th, Thursday, 2017 3:37 PM

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