Hyderabad: The largest Buddhist heritage theme park in the world, Buddhavanam, at Nagarjunasagar in Telangana's Nalgonda district is set to be open to the public soon.

The park was established with a view to attract domestic and international tourists, particularly from southeast Asian countries. It sprawls across an area of 274.28 acres and comprises an entrance plaza, cottages, and food courts.

It has eight segments based on Buddhist concepts, including Buddhacharitavanam, a themed garden that displays the major events from the life of Gautama Buddha.

Jataka Park that displays the Jataka tales revealing the previous births of Siddhartha symbolically visualizing the six perfections.

Dhyanavanam or the meditation park provides a calm and serene atmosphere with huts and Buddhist architecture. Here, the government of Sri Lanka has erected a 27 ft high statue of Avukana Buddha.

The miniature stupa park has replicas of famous Buddhist stupas from India and south-east Asia representing regional styles of Buddhist architecture.

At the Center of Buddhavanam is a Maha Stupa that has similar dimensions, shape, and design of the Amaravati Stupa. A museum, an amphitheatre and interpretation center along with civic amenities are located on the ground floor of the Maha Stupa. The drum, dome, and railing are embellished with sculptural panels.

The Buddhist park also includes the Acharya Nagarjuna International Centre for Higher Buddhist Learning, Lower Krishna Valley Park, and an area on Buddhism in Telangana. It also has eco-tourism resorts.

How to reach:

The park is located 144 km from Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. Find the park on Google maps: https://maps.app.goo.gl/mLWdJMzZv42YgMFk9

Sumit Kumar Jha

Sumit Kumar Jha is currently a multimedia journalist with NewsMeter. An alumnus of the University of Hyderabad and Amity University, he has interned with The New Indian Express and CGNet Swara. He is specialised in Video Production. He was also a contributor at PARI network. Hailing from rural Bihar has spent his childhood shifting from places and people. Growing up he felt the need to document the lives and dreams of rural India. A lover of visual storytelling goes around the cities to search for Stories. He primarily reports on civic, consumer, health, human interest and data stories. You can follow Sumit on Twitter @sumitjha__

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