KATHMANDU, Jan 22: BuddhistCircuits.com has announced that it is starting the "Buddhist Circuits Fixed Departure Tour" from the second week of July.
"The tour will begin from the full-moon day i.e. July 16, 2,534 years after Siddhartha Gautam renounced palatial life by leaving Tilaurakot Palace in search of truth and enlightenment," the tour operator said in a statement on Monday.
The program was launched by Bikram Pandey Kaji, president of Buddhist Circuits.com, during the 1st Buddhist International Travel Mart organized recently in Lumbini.
As mentioned in the statement, participants of this trip will first visit Buddhist heritage sites in Lumbini-Kapilvastu region and enact 'The Great Renunciation' by starting the journey from the eastern gate of the ruins of Tilaurakot Palace in Kapilvastu in the same way Siddhartha Gautam renounced his palatial life and ventured out in search of truth and enlightenment. "They will then drive to India via Belhaiya border and travel to places like Nalanda, Vaishali, Rajgir, Bogh Gaya, Sarnath, and Kushinagar before returning to Lumbini," the company added in the statement.
The tour operator said it was hopeful the package would extend tourists' length of stay in the Lumbini-Kapilvastu region, provide opportunities for income generation to local people, and also promote the upcoming Gautam Buddha International Airport.