The Buddhist Conclave will be held from October 3-5, 2016, in Varanasi, Sarnath and Bodh Gaya, informed Vinod Zutshi, Secretary-Tourism, Govt. of India at the PATA India Update and Outlook meeting. “As many as 500 monks from ASEAN countries will be attending the three-day event,” he shared. Zutshi added that the International Tourism Mart (ITM) 2016 will also be held the same month in Imphal, Manipur to boost visitors to the Northeastern states. He further revealed that to develop infrastructure on the Swadesh Darshan circuits, funds to the tune of 1600 crores have been sanctioned while 284 crores have been allotted for development of the Prasad scheme circuits.