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Since the establishment of Nava Nalanda Mahavihara in the year 1951, the Department of Buddhist Heritage and Tourism Management was established in the year 2021. The Buddha told to his disciples, monks, nuns and lay persons to visit the places of his birth, Bodhi, Dharmachakrapravartana and Mahāparinirvāna. Later on the four places of his miracles were added and these eight places i.e. Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Kusinagara, Rajgir, Vaishali, Shravasti, Sankisa were develop as Aṣṭamahāsthāna (eight important Buddhist sites). After the period of Ashoka Buddhist pilgrimages were multiplied in thousands in all parts of Indian sub continents.
The department offers one-year P.G. Diploma in Buddhist Heritage and Tourism Management programme in which students were introduced to some of the fundamental concepts and principles of tourism and heritage managements, hotel managements, marketing, etc. This aim of this course is to inform students about various Buddhist heritage and pilgrims’ centers. The program study will enhance our rich legacy and aid in the spread of such knowledge. Buddhist pilgrimages are popular tourism sites for both local and international tourists. The course will assist the students in generating or developing their own revenue by teaching and mastering svarious managerial and entrepreneurial skills.