Lumbini is the birth of place of Lord Buddha and has been declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Shakyamuni Buddha was born in Lumbini, in southern Nepal, twenty-five hundred years ago. Since his time, Nepal has been a sacred ground for Buddhists as the birthplace of the Buddha. Lumbini is a small town in the southern Terai plains of Nepal, where the ruins of the old city can still be seen. Shakyamuni Buddha was born to a family. Lumbini has been a holy ground for Buddhists all over the world. The restored garden and surroundings of Lumbini have the remains of many of the ancient stupas and monasteries. A large stone pillar erected by the Indian Emperor Ashoka in 250 BC bears an inscription about the birth of the Buddha. An important part of Lumbini is the temple of Maya Devi. It has a stone image of Maya Devi giving birth to Lord Buddha as she holds onto a branch. It has been well worn by the strokes of barren women hoping for fertility. To the south of the temple is a pool where Queen Maya Devi is said to have bathed and given her son his first purification bath. A quiet garden, shaded by the leafy Bo tree (the type of tree under which Buddha received enlightenment), and a newly planted forest nearby lend an air of tranquillity which bespeaks Buddha’s teachings.
Lumbini is now being developed under the Master Plan of the Lumbini Development Trust, a non-governmental organization dedicated to the restoration of Lumbini and its development as a pilgrimage site. The plan, completed in 1978 by the renowned Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, will transform three square miles of land into a sacred place of gardens, pools, buildings, and groves. The development will include a Monastic Zone, the circular sacred Garden surrounding the Ashoka pillar and Maya Devi temple, and Lumbini Village, where visitors will find lodges, restaurants, a cultural center and tourist facilities. An important archeological site near Lumbini, Kapilvastu evokes the ancient palace where Lord Buddha spent his formative years. Scattered foundations of the palace are abundant, and archeologists have by now discovered 13 successive layers of human habitation dating back to the eighth century BC. A must for archeological and historical buffs! Besides its religious and historical significance, Lumbini offers cultural insights into the village life of southern Nepal. If possible, try to coincide your visit with the weekly Monday bazaar when villagers come from miles around to buy grains, spices, pottery, jewellery, saris and various other items. It may appear as a scene out of the Arabian Nights, with colorful merchandise spread out under the mango trees and the air perfumed with incense. It’s a chance to bargain for souvenirs while witnessing local life in Lumbini. Wooden ox-carts loaded with hay trundle by. Villagers dry cow-dung for fuel, and tea stalls serve sweet milk tea. Today, Lumbini is beginning to receive travelers’ and archaeologists’ attention after centuries of neglect. Serious preservation work has only just been started in the latter half of this century and Lumbini as a slice of history is worth seeing and worth preserving.
An important archeological site near Lumbini, Kapilvastu evokes the ancient palace where Lord Buddha spent his formative years. Scattered foundations of the palace are abundant and archeologists have by now discovered 13 successive layers of human habitation dating back to the eighth century BC.
Maya Devi temple, Ashoka pillar, Pushkarni pond : One can see Maya Devi temple, the place where Maya Devi gave birth to the lord Buddha. An Ashoka pillar, which has inscriptions identifying the spot as the birthplace, ruins of ancient stupas and monasteries. Recent excavations have turned up a stone bearing a “foot imprint”, indicating the exact place of birth. Pushkarni pond where Queen Mayadevi took bath before giving birth. The International Gautami Nuns temple is also found here which is a replica of the Swayambhu stupa in Kathmandu.
Lumbini Museum: Lumbini Museum, Lumbini International Research Institute, and Kapilvastu Museum (situated 27km west of Lumbini in Tilaurakot) are other places to see in this region. The Kapilvastu museum has ruins of ancient capital of Sakya kingdom where the Buddha spet his his youth as Prince Siddhartha.
Visit Sacred Garden in morning. It is spread over 8 sq.km and possesses all the treasures of the historic area. Today as part of the global initiative to promote Lumbini, many countries have built or are building temples, monasteries or stupas near the Sacred Garden in the International Monastery Zone. Temples or shrines that have finished their construction so far are Myanmar Temple, International Gautami Nuns Temple, China Temple, The Nepal Buddha Temple and the Dharma Swami Maharaja Buddha Vihara.
Gotihawa is in the Kapilvastu district, about 31 kilometers west of Lumbini. Gotihawa is regarded a very important religious place for Buddhists all over the world. It is believed that Krakuchanda Buddha, who came before Sakyamuni Buddha, was born and attained nirvana in Gotihawa.
Kudan is in about four and a half kilometers south of Tilaurakot. It is where King Suddhodhana met Lord Buddha.
Niglihawa is situated about 32 kilometers northwest of Lumbini. Emperor Ashoka visited Niglisagar during his pilgrimage, built a stupa and set up a pillar. It is believed that the Kanakmuni Buddha, who came earlier than Shakyamuni Buddha, was born, enlightened, and met his father in this place.
The Ramgram Kingdom was 60 kilometers to the east of the holy place of the Buddha’s birth. The King of Ramgram Kingdom was one of the eight Kings who obtained Buddha’s relics and he also built a pagoda, which is named Ramgram Pagoda.
Sagarhawa is in the northwest of Niglihawa. Archeologists have identified this site as the “Palace of massacre of the Shakyas.”
Tilaurakot is about 25 kilometers west of Lumbini that extends over an area of two and half miles. Tilaurakot is the exact site of ancient Kapilvastu due to its general consonance of local bearings and geographical conditions as described in the Buddhist texts and travel accounts of Chinese pilgrims.
Visit all sites related to Buddha and take a meditation course there are specialized centers offering meditation course, accommodation, and food. Visit the outstanding meditation center
Access: Siddhartha Highway connects Lumbini by road to Pokhara, Tansen and Kathmandu. Buses run regularly after every hour or so from morning six o’ clock to afternoon five o’ clock to Lumbini from Bhairawa, which can be reached by bus from Kathmandu and other parts of the country.Regular Flights from Kathmandu to Siddharthanagar, One can take a 45-minute flight from Kathmandu to Gautam Buddha Airport at Bhairawa, which is a 15 – 20 minute drive from Lumbini, connects Lumbini to the capital.
Accommodation : There are several good hotels and lodges in Lumbini.
Tour Highlight : This unique tours offer Culture, Historical, heritage sites & ancient temple of city in Kathmandu, birth place of Buddha (god of peace, world heritage of Spiritual town in Lumbini,
Trip Duration : 4 nights 5 days
|Day 01:||Arrival in Kathmandu. Pick up from Airport, Transfer to hotel, evening leisure, Overnight in Hotel.|
|Day 02:||After B/Fast fly to Bhairawa. Pick up from Airport drive to Lumbini , Transfer to Hotel , After refresh visit to Lumbini places to visit, Maya garden, & Ashoka Pillar, Musium, Monastries & Gomba, back to Hotel,. Evening leisure, Overnight|
|Day 03:||After Breakfast fly back to Kathmandu, Pick up from Airport, transfer to Hotel, Evening leisure, Overnight|
|Day 04:||AM Breakfast, afternoon Kathmandu city sightseeing Place to visit Pashupatinath , Guheswori temple, Budhanilkhantha, Swayambhunath (Buddhist temple), National Musium, Patan Durbar Square, Krishna mandir and back to hotel overnight|
|Day 05:||IS Breakfast, Transfer to airport for final departure fly to your destination.|
Trip Highlight : This unique tours offer Culture, Historical, heritage sites & ancient temple of city in Kathmandu, birth place of Buddha (god of peace, world heritage of Spiritual town in Lumbini, Beautiful nature scenery of Rivers & lake city Pokhara with majestic views of Himalaya,.
Trip Duration : 7 nights 8 days
|Day 01:||Arrival at Kathmandu transfers to Hotel Overnight at hotel|
|Day 02:||Katmandu city sightseeing place to visit Bouddha Nath , Kapen Monastery, Swayambhu Nath stupa, Bonpo Monastery, , Patan Golden Temple (Varna Mahabihar) back to hotel, Overnight|
|Day 03:||Drive to Pokhara check in Hotel, overnight|
|Day 04:||AM Breakfast Afternoon Pokhara city sightseeing place to visit World Peace stupa, (Japanese stupa), Tibetan monastery, Seti River George. Tibetan Refugee camp, Devi’s waterfall and Overnight|
|Day 05:||After breakfast drive to Lumbini Transfer to Hotel ,After refresh, drive to Tilaurakot, Kapilvastu, after sightseeing drive back to Lumbini, Overnight|
|Day 06:||Am Breakfast, Lumbini sightseeing place to visit Japanese temple, Chinese temple, ASOKA PILLER , Vieatnam Temlpe, German Temple, Maya Garden and many more other Buddha stupa, back to hotel, Overnight.|
|Day 07:||Am Breakfast , Drive/flay back to Kathmandu , arrival, transfer to Hotel, Overnight|
|Day 08:||Am Breakfast, Transfer to Airport for final departure and fly to yours onward destination.|