War-weary British troops to visit Bodh Gaya for meditation


Patna,(BiharTimes): For the first time members of the British army will visit Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya to meditate and de-stress.

Reports said that over 4,000 British troops, several of them fatigued from deployment in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will come to Bodh Gaya and Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh in January 2013. The exact date for the first group to arrive is yet to be finalised.

. The British army’s decision to send battle-weary troops to Bodh Gaya is a result of the success of a pavilion set up by the Bihar government’s tourism department at the World Tourism Mart in London between November 5 and 8 last.

Reports also said a government website that provided virtual tours of 56 tourist destinations in Bihar elicited an enthusiastic response from participants at the tourism mart.

According to Bihar Tourism Minister Sunil Kumar Pintu, who represented the state at the World Tourism Mart, the British army approached the Mart and decided to send troops on rotation on seven-day tour to Bodh Gaya. While a group of 100-150 members of British army will spend seven days at Bodh Gaya, they will spend a day at Sarnath near Banaras too.

The minister added that groups of British army corps were expected to visit the sites throughout the year.

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