Lumbini is the traditional birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Lumbini is the place where Lord Buddha - the apostle of peace, and the Light of Asia - was born in 623 B.C. In historical terms, the region is an exquisite treasure-trove of ancient ruins and antiquities, dating back to the pre-Christian era. The site (Lumbini Grove or Sacred Zone) was described as a beautiful garden in the Buddha's time and still retains its legendary charm and beauty.
Lumbini lies in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. The site is a large garden with a grove of pipal trees. The area around Lumbini is entirely Hindu, but many Buddhist temples and shrines from various nations are scattered around the holy site itself.
The most important temple at Lumbini is the Maya Devi Temple, which enshrines the traditional site of the Buddha's birth. The current temple stands on the site of earlier temples and stupas, including the stupa built by Ashoka.
The modern temple consists mainly of simple white building that protects ancient ruins, with the exact spot of the Buddha's birth identified. The delicate sandstone sculptures discovered here are now in the National Musuem in Kathmandu.
Atop the temple is a small square tower of the type seen in Kathmandu, with Buddha eyes on each side and a golden pinnacle on top.
On the south side of the temple is a sacred pool (see top photo), where it is said Maya Devi bathed before giving birth, and where the newborn Buddha was washed by two dragons.
The Maha Devi temple is surrounded by the brick foundations of ancient temples and monasteries. All around Lumbini, long lines of colorful prayer flags are strung between trees. They carry prayers and mantras heavenward as they flap on the breeze.
The other main sight of interest at Lumbini is Ashoka's Pillar, near the temple. It is protected by a small fence, which is decorated with prayer flags and banners from the faithful. Around the courtyard containing the pillar are bowls for incense sticks, and there is room to sit in front of the pillar for contemplation.
The Royal Thai Monastery is a huge and marvelous piece of architecture in Lumbini. The large monastery lies in the north end of the pond made up of white marvels. The large white monastery standing against the blue sky is something one cannot take their eyes off. The blue-roofed meditation center is another masterpiece of art. Kudan is a beautiful place to visit in Lumbini. It has huge mound of the structural ruins situated 4.5 km south of Tilaurakot. This was the place where King Suddhodhana met Lord Buddha for the first time after he returned from cosmic enlightenment. There are even a small pond close to Kudan Stupa where you can acquire a great deal about Lord Buddha. Everyone on 21st century have hectic schedule and seek for inner peace during their weekends or holidays. Lumbini is an ideal place for meditation that helps to unwind at least a while from every day’s life. While you are in Lumbini, you can join meditation class organized during full moon day inside the premises.
Day 1: Pick up from your hotel at Kathmandu and transfer to the domestic airport. It takes 35 minutes from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa airport then 45 minutes drive in private vehicles from Bhairahawa airport to Lumbini at your hotel. Our professional guide will analyze a half day tour of religious Buddhist monuments and overnight stay at Lumbini.
Day 2: After breakfast, you will visit to Maya Devi Temple. It takes 10 to 15 minutes on foot or 5 minutes by rickshaw from the main entrance of Lumbini. After that move to Ashok pillar that is located within the Lumbini Garden. You have 1 hour break for lunch. Then move to interpret holy lake, near to the Ashok pillar to the south where the mother of Bouddha took the ritual dip prior to his birth and that place Lord Bouddha had had his first bath. You wil also see the birthmaker stone and international research institute and back to your hotel and stay at there.
Day 3: Take your breakfast and fly back to Kathmandu for your departure.
☑All the grounded transportation by bus / Or Private vehicle
☑Meal plan on Full board basis (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
☑All entrance fee during travel