Lumbini is the birth of place of Lord Buddha and has been declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. It is a small town in the southern Terai plains of Nepal, where the ruins of the old city can still be seen. At the age of 84, he left this world with thousands of followers to keep Buddhism alive. Lumbini has since 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 stone image of Maya Devi giving birth to Lord Buddha as she holds onto a branch.
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.
Access: Siddhartha Highway connects Lumbini by road to Pokhara, Tansen and Kathmandu. Regular Flights from Kathmandu to Siddharthanagar, which is a 15 – 20 minute drive from Lumbini, connects Lumbini to the capital.
Lumbini is in west-central Nepal near the Indian border. It is not terribly easy to get to, and the site does not receive a large amount of visitors. Most pilgrims to Lumbini come from Southeast Asia, Japan and Tibet, but westerners come regularly as well.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Assistance at the airport upon arrival and transfer to hotel
Day 02: Visits to Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath Breakfast at hotel. Full day sight-seeing of Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.
Day 03: Visit to Bhaktapur and Patan
Breakfast at hotel. Full day sight-seeing of Bhaktapur and Patan.
Day 04: Fly by Buddha Air to Bhairahawa
Fly to Bhairahawa and drive to hotel in Lumbini. Full day sight-seeing in Lumbini.
Day 05: Fly back to Kathmandu
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Bhairahawa airport, and fly on Buddha Air to Kathmandu.
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