Foreigners favour Bihars ancient attractions

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Foreign tourists to India are opting for an inland historical holiday instead of the once-popular beach retreat.More than 16 percent of all international visitors are travelling to the state of Bihar to visit ancient religious and cultural sites, according to The Hindu Business Line.Bihar is now receiving more travellers from abroad than the coastal state of Goa, which is known for its magnificent beaches.“More than 840,000 foreign tourists visited different historical sites of Bihar from January to August this year,” Bihar State Tourism minister Sunil Kumar Pintu told the Press Trust of India.Minister Pintu said foreign tourist numbers to Bihar will exceed one million by year’s end, emphasising a ten-fold increase in international tourists to the state over the past decade.Bihar is famous for Buddhist sites including Bodh Gaya, Vaishali and Nalanda among others. In an effort to drive awareness and increase domestic and foreign visitation, the Bihar Government held a road show at Mauritius during an international conference in late October.Bihar representatives were also present at the World Travel Market 2012 London. Maha Boddhi Temple in Bihar Image: Bihar State Tourismlast_img read more