Bihar plans Sikh circuit to promote tourism
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Wednesday that the state government was considering a Sikh circuit along the lines of the Buddhist circuit to draw foreign tourists.
“The state government is mulling Sikh tourism circuit like Buddhist circuit,” Kumar said at an international press meet on the eve of a three-day International Sikh Conclave.
“Besides Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s birthplace at Patna Sahib, Bihar has several places linked to Sikh religion. Sikhs’ first Guru Nanak Dev Ji had visited Rajgir where exists an old gurdwara. We are planning to link all such places,” Nitish said while talking to reporters from different countries on the eve of a three-day International Sikh Conclave to open at S K Memorial Hall in the city on September 22.
“In fact in order to tap tremendous potential of religious tourism in Bihar, we are also working on Sufi circuit, Ramayan circuit and Gandhi circuit (connected with places in the state linked with Mahatama Gandhi’s visit to state),” he said.
He also detailed the arrangements made for the conclave and for celebrating 350th Prakash Utsav early next year.
Bihar government has organised a 3-day International Sikh Conclave, first of its kind in India, in Patna to discuss the life and teachings of Guru Govind Singh. He, however, did not comment on the demand of a local Sikh citizen that the proposed Pataliputra University be named after the Sikhs’ tenth Guru.
At least 200 scholars from all over the world are expected to attend the three-day conclave that begins Thursday.
Kumar said: “The state government has already announced 3-day state holiday for the event so that masses could participate the function.
A high-level committee led by Chief Secretary will monitor preparations for the function that Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal is also expected to attend.