International Buddhist Travel Mart in Bodhgaya, India….

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The Association of Buddhist Tour Operators (ABTO) will organize their first “ABTO Buddhist Conference &International Buddhist Travel Mart (IBTM)” at world’s historical and most sacred Bodhgaya premises in Bihar, India on December 10 – 12, 2018.

Dr. Kaulesh Kumar, the Secretary General of ABTO said, this is the great opportunity for world Buddhists especially for tour operators, travel agents, Buddhist societies, monastic organizations, transport operators, hoteliers, travel guides and other stakeholders. According to the theme of ABTO, “The Platform of Tourism with Buddhism” we always interfere for promote, explore and develop the Buddhism worldwide.

The Association of Buddhist Tour Operators (ABTO) also will arrange special international discussion under the topic of “Buddhism is a backbone of Tourism”.  Anybody in the world interest of this event can joint via contact +91-9199467609 / +91-9472309246 / / or ABTO Head Office Hans Plaza, Block Road, Rajgir, Nalanda (Bihar) Pin-803116, India. Further more details follow their website,

Bodhgaya (Gaya) is the Land of Enlightenment & Salvation or Pind Dana or Tarpan or Pitra Paksha, where around the world Buddhist & Hindu People wants to come in a life time. More than 55 countries Direct or Indirect connected to this holy site Bodhgaya. More than 10,000 foreigners travelling / walking everyday from November to February in this Holy Place Bodhgaya. More than 50 Monasteries, 200 hotels, 100 Tour Operators, 50 Transporters, 500 Guide with different language are in this World Heritage City Bodhgaya. Exhibition with around 100 booths comprising of DMC’s, State Tourism Boards, hotels, Tour Operators and many more.

ABTO is a forum of the Buddhist pilgrimage travel industry. Established in 2015 in Nalanda – the land of Dhamma, it has close connections and constant interaction with other Buddhist associations worldwide and is increasing its international networking with professional bodies for better facilitation to national and international Buddhist Pilgrims and travellers visiting Buddhist heritage sites in the region.

ABTO is a common forum of like-minded tour operators who are promoting Buddhist tour packages. It expects to work as an industry lobby by coordinating with the government agencies and other concerned stakeholders for bringing favorable policies for business and doing away with obstacles hindering business of our member agencies.

The primary objective of the ABTO Buddhist Conference & Travel Mart is to establish an ideal B2B platform, which will bring tourism stakeholders (tour operators, travel agents, Buddhist societies, monastic organizations, transport operators, hoteliers, travel guides and other stakeholders) together and would enable them to interact and explore opportunities of business potential and build partnerships.

Buyers and sellers as well as wholesalers and retailers of Buddhist tourism products will have an opportunity to showcase their products on this international stage. Buyers especially from South Asia, Southeast Asia, Eastern Asia, Australia, as well as emerging markets, are expected to participate in the mart.

Buddhagaya is the great sacred place of Buddhists. It is situated about 10 km south of the famous city Gaya, which is about 105 km from Patna – in the State of Bihar, India.

Buddhika Sanjeewa