Association president Rakesh Kumar met the state tourism minister Narayan Prasad during his Bodh Gaya visit on Sunday.
“The tourist information centre in Bodh Gaya is at a distance of about 1km from the Mahabodhi temple. It should be located around the Mahavihara near the office of Bodh Gaya Temple Management Committee so that tourists can easily get information about other nearby sites and modes of communication. The centre should provide information about flights, trains, buses and foreign exchange,” Rakesh said.
He added, “Bus service is also not available for the tourists keen to visit places like Dhungeshwari, Gurpa, Rajgir and Nalanda. To visit Dhungeshwari, Vanavar and Gurpa, tourists have to hire commercial vehicles, which is very expensive. For Rajgir and Nalanda, bus service is needed for the tourists.”
Meanwhile, the minister told mediapersons that the state government would soon take a decision on whether to hold the fortnight-long Pitripaksh mela this year or not. Pitripaksh is beginning from September 19 and there is uncertainty over organizing the event. Gayapal pandas and traders’ organisations have urged the state government to hold the mela with Covid protocols.