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 royal 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 tranquility, 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 travellers' 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.
Day01: Kathmandu Arrival
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Complete custom and visa formalities. Representative from Blue Mountain Travels & Tours will receive you and then transfer you to 3- star category hotel. Overnight in a hotel.
Day02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
After breakfast, a guide will take you on Kathmandu city tour on a private vehicle. Kathmandu Valley has 7 UNESCO sites and Kathmandu city alone has 4 sites. You will visit Pashupatinath – the holiest Hindu Temple, Bouddhanath- the largest Stupa, Swoyambhunath – the oldest stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square- the old Royal Residence. Go for shopping in Thamel in evening.
Day03: Fly or drive to Lumbini
Two modes of transportation are available. After taking 35 minutes of Kathmandu- Bhairahawa flight, you can drive for 30 minutes to reach Lumbini. Alternatively, you can choose land transportation and cover 300km of road in 8hrs to reach Lumbini.
Day04: Lumbini Tour
Explore Mayadevi Temple (the temple dedicated to mother of Gautam Buddha), Puskarini Pond (the pond in which Siddhartha is said to have been bathed right after birth), Sacred Garden, Ashoka Pillar (the pillar that verifies Lumbini as the authentic birthplace of Buddha) and visit the monastic zone.
Day05: Lumbini to Kathmandu
Return fromLumbini to Kathmandu and stay overnight in a hotel.
You will be transferred to Airport 3hrs before your scheduled flight. We are happy to serve you. Hope to see you soon.
Airport pick up and drop
Accommodation in hotels
Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu andLumbini
All land transportation
English speaking guide
Our service charges and government taxes
Farewell dinner before departure!!!!
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Lumbini
International airfare and airport departure tax
Nepal entry visa fee
Tips (Tipping is expected but not mandatory).
Meditation around temple area.
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