One of main objectives of the Nalanda Conclave is to give a major thrust to cultural tourism and to explore the potential related to the Buddhist circuits in India and especially in Bihar.
THE TWO-DAY international Buddhist conclave which began on Saturday, February 6 2010, at Nalanda district, Bihar concluded on February 7, 2010. The conclave discussed issues confronting the religion besides trying to find ways to spread Lord Buddha’s Universal message of peace and brotherhood.
An ancient town in Bihar, Nalanda was once home to the world's first university for higher learning .The University at Nalanda began as a Buddhist monastery. Lord Buddha stayed at Nalanda several times, Lord Mahavir is also believed to have attained 'moksha' at Pawapuri, which is located in Nalanda.
The conclave with a variety of seminars, workshops and other programs aimed to project Bihar as a Great Tourist centre .The focus was on the country's best known 'Buddhist Circuit' comprising Nalanda, Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Vaishali, Keshariya, Lauria and Nanadangarh. The conclave registered a great response, as scholars from as many as 16 countries including those from China, USA, the UK, France, Singapore, Germany and Malaysia, besides hosts India participated in it. The Bihar government sources say that ‘Buddhist Circuit’ is registering a growth through programmes such as the International Conclave. Bihar government hopes for a certain boost in projecting the region as a laudable Buddhist tourist spot. The Nalanda meet aims to revive the age old tradition of debates and discussions on various aspects of Buddhism and its relevance in the present day world.
The presence of over 150 Buddhist scholars, monks from across the world and about 200 Indian delegates associated with Buddhism and tourism industry made the conclave a truly memorable experience. They positively discussed Buddhism, Nalanda, Bihar and Tourism through ‘Experience Buddhism in the land of its origin’