Lumbini tour


Lumbini marks the place where in 623 BCE Queen Mayadevi of Kapilvastu gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama – Lord Buddha – in an area, which also during Buddha’s time was described as a beautiful garden. In modern day Nepal, Lumbini lies in Rupandehi district, in the western Terai at the foothills of the Himalayas, close to the Indian border. It is one of the four main pilgrimage sites for Buddhists and has been a pilgrimage destination since ancient times. One of the famous pilgrims visiting Buddha’s birthplace was Emperor Asoka who erected an inscribed stone pillar in 249 BCE testifying the importance of the place.
Since the (re)discovery of the Asoka pillar in 1896 a series of excavations have been carried out confirming the authenticity of the archaeological remains and the importance of the site as a pilgrimage centre from the 3rd century BCE. The area has been listed as World Heritage site by UNESCO since 1997.
The present-day holy site contains the ruins of the ancient monasteries that have been excavated, an ancient bathing pond, the Asoka pillar, a sacred Bodhi tree and the Mayadevi Temple. The historic area is surrounded by a monastic zone where only monasteries are allowed to be built. The entire area provides a space for the approx. 400,000 Buddhist and non-Buddhist visitors per year to pray and meditate or simply enjoy the peaceful and calming atmosphere.
Lumbini is located about 22 km from the border town of Bhairahawa which can be reached by air from Kathmandu, or by road (8-9 hours). A visit to Lumbini can also be combined with spending a few days on a jungle safari in Chitwan national park. If travelling by road, we can choose between different routes, depending on your time availability and interests. For one of the longer route options we can for example stopover in Pokhara and travel via a very scenic road for an overnight in Tansen to enjoy great views of the Himalayas and the “white lake” of mist or clouds over Tansen valley before continuing south to Lumbini.   
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Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 04 day
  • Trip Grade Easy
  • Trip Cost: US$reasonable pp
Short Itinerary

Day 01 Flying to Bhairahawa & drive to Lumbini observing surrounding areas.
Day 02 Visit the surrounding village & observe rural lifestyle.
Day 03 Driving & visiting religious site Gotihawa, Kudan, Tilaurakot & Lumbini
Day 04 Drive to Bhairahawa then fly to Karthmandu

 

 

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