Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha,the messenger of peace located in Rupandehi district of Lumbini Zone is considered as one of the holiest place on earth. Shakya Queen Mayavati, gave birth to prince Gautam inside the beautiful Lumbini garden in 623 BC while she was on her way from her parent's home at Devdaha to her husband's home at Taulihawa. The holy Lumbini is the most sacred pilgrimage site for the millions of Buddhist throughout the world. Most of the tourist arriving in Nepal visit Lumbini characterized by peaceful environment and the numerous temples and monasteries constructed by various countries. Lumbini is a suitable place to understand the historic background of Buddhism as well as the life history of Lord Buddha.The temple dedicated to Mayadevi is the main attraction of Lumbini. Located beside the temple are the holy Pushkirini Lake and the Ashok Pillar erected by emperor Ashok of Magadh, India to mark the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
Lumbini has been listed in the UNESCO'S World Heritage Sites in 1997 AD due to its religious importance and historical background. Lumbini is located 22 km west from Bhairahawa Siddhartha Nagar. And at a distance of 300 km from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa airport. Likewise, there is also the choice of flight from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa airport. Day & Night buses to Lumbini are found at Kathmandu's and also have different type of accommodation facilities can be found at Lumbini ranging from ordinary lodge to Luxurious hotel.
Places Cover: Kathmandu, & Lumbini
Package Plan: Bed & Breakfast Only
Tour Start From : Kathmandu
Tour End Point: Kathmandu
Activity: Cultural, Historical, Pilgrimage & Holidays Leisure.
Transportation: Car, Jeep, Van, Hiace, Coaster or Bus / By Flight
Important heritage sites of Lumbini:
Maya devi Temple:
The Maya devi temple is the most important temple among the ancient heritages located within the Lumbini garden. The temple houses ancient idol of Mayadevi, the Birth Maker Stone and the ruins from 3rd century BC to 7th century BC.
Famous Mourya emperor Ashok of Magadh in India had ordered the pillar to be erected in 249 BC while on a pilgrimage following the advice of his spiritual teacher Upagupta. Emperor Ashok had erected the pillar along with a stone tablet that has inscription saying "Shakyamuni Buddha was born here" The pillar and the inscription stand as a testament of Lumbini being the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
Holy Pushkirini Lake:
Prior to giving birth to Lord Buddha, his mother Maya devi had taken a bath in the sacred Pushkirini Lake situated near the Ashok Pillar to the south. The ancient lake is a major attraction for tourist. It is traditionally believed that Lord Buddha was bathed with the water from the same lake after his birth.
Birth Maker Stone:
The Stone Maker of Lord Buddha's birth place is preserved within the Mayadevi Temple enclosed in a glass box. The marker stone precisely marks the birth place of Lord Buddha. The marker stone was unearthed in 1996 AD during an archaeological excavation.
World Peace Stupa:
The World Peace Stupa was constructed at Lumbini to spread the message of peace, friendship and goodwill in the world and to raise awareness to keep the earth pure and clear. The 42.5 m tall stupa is one of the major attractions of Lumbini. The stupa was constructed as part of the campaign by Japanese Buddhist preacher Fujing to construct World Peace Stupas in different parts of world. It takes 40-50 minutes to reach the World Peace Stupa from the Maya devi Temple.
World Peace Flame:
The eternal World Peace Flame is a major attraction of the Lumbini garden located at the centre of the garden. Tourist flock to observe the flame that is kept glowing uninterrupted 24 hours a day. The flame was lighted on 1st November 1986 AD by the then Prince Gyandra Shah. The flame that represents peace and fraternity in the world was brought from the United States of America as part of the celebration of the International Peace Year. The eternal flame can be reached at the end of a 10 minutes walk from the Mayadevi.