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Sanchi on Buddhist tourist circuit soon

WITH INDIAN Airlines having started direct Nagpur-Bangkok flight last month, efforts are underway to link Sanchi to Buddhist tourist circuit for tourists from Thailand, the predominantly Buddhist nation in Southeast Asia.

india Updated: May 20, 2006 14:59 IST

Thai delegation visits India
WITH INDIAN Airlines having started direct Nagpur-Bangkok flight last month, efforts are underway to link Sanchi to Buddhist tourist circuit for tourists from Thailand, the predominantly Buddhist nation in Southeast Asia.  

The idea was discussed last week among a group of Thailand’s travel operators that visited places around Nagpur on Indian Airlines’ request. The visit was arranged to familiarise the dozen-odd Thai travel operators with this region.

A member of the delegation and managing director of the Florida World Wide Travel Company Limited, Phairaj Rao, was of the view that Thai people would love to come to unexplored India.

“We would try to include Sanchi and Nagpur in Buddhist circuit because a majority of Thai tourists have not visited these places due to lack of proper information,” he said.

“I have already chalked out plans to sell this idea to the people of Thailand,” he told Hindustan Times. At Kanha, the flora and fauna of the national park enchanted the delegation. The members were unanimous that people in Thailand would love to visit this place as watching tiger in open forest would be an unusual experience for them. 

S S Travel managing director Sutham Sachaphimukh remarked, “Watching wild animals in their natural surroundings is a truly great experience”.

Sachaphimukh, aka Raj, also agreed that with the launching of the new flight, more and more Thai tourists would visit places like Nagpur and Sanchi because of their linkage with Buddhism.

“The new flight is providing connection to Bangkok not only for the people of Nagpur but also from the hinterland towns of Gondia, Bhandara, Chandrapur, Amravati and Gadchiroli etc along with the people of neighboring Madhya Pradesh,” said Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Airlines, Vishwapati Trivedi. 

Bangkok is a popular tourist destination attracting tourists in large numbers. This flight would fulfil a long-standing need of people from Nagpur and adjoining areas, he added.

Trivedi said that there is considerable potential for Buddhist pilgrimage travel to India from Bangkok. There is also a large volume of Thai business travel and visiting friends and relatives traffic.