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For millions of Buddhists the world over, it evokes a kind of holy sentiment akin to the significance of Jerusalem to Christians and Mecca to Muslims. Lumbini is the place where Lord Buddha - the apostle of peace, and the Light of Asia. It is visual aid to life of Buddha, while it is a popular pilgrimage site tour in one hand and in the other hand it displays a great history triumph.
Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. It is located in the Mid-western development region which is about 22 kilometers from Bhairahawa under the foothills of the Great Himalayas in the lap of mother earth, in the plains of Terai. It is about 122 kilometers away from Gorakhpur city in Uttar Pradesh whereas, it is only 6 h 21 min through Prithivi Highway which means 259.5 kilometers away from the capital. It is believed that Lord Siddhartha Gautama was born in Lumbini in Baishak on the full moon day in around 623 B.C. It is also profoundly head that he took birth under a Sal tree when his mother Maya Devi was going to her parental home from Kapilvastuduring the time of her delivery. Moreover,it is said that after birth Buddha took seven steps towards the North and looking in all directions, People around keep on telling that he declared to be the first of all creatures to cross across the riddles of the ocean of the existence and Lumbini shall be the last place of his birth and thereafter he would never be born as because he took Lumbini as his last birthplace.
Lumbini is one of the best destinations for the followers of Lord Buddha being one the four holy places for Buddhists. Here, the archaeological remains are kept safely and now the place has become a site for pilgrimage. Eventually, Kapilvastu is the place where Siddhartha Gautama spent his childhood and his teenage with a complete luxury this place still carries the Mystic Charm. The capital of King Shuddhodhan, Kapilvastu is the house of various sculptures of Buddhism and is deeply related with the life a legend who enlightened the world with his knowledge. The holy destination reflects the landscape before the visitors and makes the viewer’s feel calm and peaceful out and away from anxiety the place where the child prince Siddhartha Gautama took birth is almost 27 kilometers away in the South of Lumbini itself.
Nowadays the site is protected by the Ancient Monument Preservation Act 1956. The responsibility of the site management is taken by the Lumbini Trust, which is a non-profit making Organization looking after the pilgrimage site which is now entirely owned by the Government of Nepal. Before the management plan was carried out by Prof. Kenzo Tange in the year 1972 to 1978. The site was enlisted by UNESCO in the World Heritage site to protect the ancient sculpture of the Maya Devi temple, the Ashokan Pillar and the Buddhist Monastery along with the Importance of the site for the religious purpose. Further, a new management plan is on its way to ensure the safeguarding the archaeological vestiges of the site for a long time to give the continuity for visitors and Pilgrims from around the world. The birth of a legend like Buddha is once in a Blue moon or might not ever take place on earth again.
Major Places to be visited by every Visitor in Lumbini
The Ashokan Pillar:
The Ashokan pillar is an ancient site within the boundaries of Kapilvastu just behind the Maya Devi Tempe. It was built by the great emperor named Ashoka who came to visit Lumbini in around 249B.C from India. This inscribes Pillar is erected on the spot of Buddha’s birth. The pillar is 6m tall in height and half of it is beneath the ground as a tax-free status in the honor of the Birth of Gautama Buddha.
The Maya Devi Temple:-
In 1895 one of the archaeologists from Germany discovered the existence of a brick temple and also a sandstone surrounding area which presents the scenes of Buddha’s birth. It is widely believed that Queen Maya Devi took bath before lord Gautama Buddha took birth.
We begin a tour to Buddhist Pilgrimage with the Kathmandu Sightseeing where we will explore some of the world-famous Buddhist sites which have been cited as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We mainly explore the Boudhanath (one of the oldest and largest Buddhist Monastery), Swayambhunath (which also known as The Monkey Temple), Kapan Monastery (The center of Buddhist Philosophy and teachings).
Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu
Day 02: Drive to Lumbini
Day 03: Lumbini Kapilvastu Sightseeing Tour
Day 04: Lumbini-Buddhist Circuit Sightseeing (Religious & archaeological sites)
Day 05: Devdaha - Ramgram - back to Kathmandu
Day 06: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Day 07: Final Departure
Arrival to Kathmandu: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of our representative will pick up you from there and transfers to Hotel/Check-in. Overnight at Kathmandu
Drive to Lumbini: Drive from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa which takes 8 hrs (321 km). Check-in at Hotel in Lumbini and short time for refreshment. Overnight at Lumbini
Lumbini Kapilvastu Sightseeing Tour: Early morning after having breakfast, get ready to explore to the Mayadevi Temple and tour of surrounding areas of Lumbini Development Trust along with surrounding villages and observe rural culture and lifestyle. Too on this day, we will explore several monasteries and learn about Buddhism with “Marker Stone” / Ashoka Pillar. Overnight at Lumbini
Lumbini-Buddhist Circuit Sightseeing (Religious & archaeological sites): Drive and visit to religious and archaeological sites of Tilaurakot, Gotihawa, Kudan, Niglihara along with Sagarhawa. Tilaurakot: ancient Kapilavastu, where Buddha spent his first 29 years. Kudan: where Buddha was received by his father after his access to enlightenment. Gotihawa: the birthplace of Krakuchanda Buddha. Niglihawa: where Kanakmuni Buddha was born. Sagarhawa: archaeological findings as "place of the massacre of the Shakyas". Overnight stay at Lumbini
Devdaha - Ramgram - back to Kathmandu: During this day, drive and visit archaeological sites at Devdaha and Ramagram on the way back to Kathmandu. Devdaha is the ancient capital of the Koliya kingdom which is believed to be maternal hometown of Queen Mayadevi (mother). Drive back to Kathmandu via Tourist Bus, check –in at Hotel at Evening or option you can fly back to Kathmandu via Gautam Buddha International Airport. Overnight at Kathmandu
Kathmandu Sightseeing: Kathmandu city sightseeing which gives us an immense opportunity to explore major tourist attractions i.e World Heritage Sites - Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhu Nath Stupa (Monkey Temple) & Kathmandu Durbar Square etc. Overnight at Kathmandu
Final Departure: After breakfast, we will drop you at the Airport for your onward destination. (Per your flight schedule, if you have time you can visit tourist market in Thamel for shopping and evening we will transfer to Airport).
Includes and Excludes
Airport Pick-up & Drop
All ground Transportation by Private Vehicle
Licensed Tour Guide during Sightseeing
Accommodation on twin sharing room with breakfast in Kathmandu & Lumbini
All Government Taxes
Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu with Cultural Dance
All Sightseeing Entrance fees.
Lunch and Dinner throughout the trip
Bar, Beverages & Mineral Water
Nepali visa fees
International Flight Tickets
Tips for Tour Staff & Driver
Tips for Tour Staff & Driver