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Lumbini

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"Birthplace of Lord Buddha"

Lumbini Tourism

Nestled in the Himalayas near the Indian border, the beautiful town of Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lumbini has a plethora of ancient stupas dating back to 2000 years and monasteries that were built by the past dynasties. People come here from all over the world to this abode of Buddhism to study scriptures, meditate, practise yoga, trek, learn more about Buddhism and find inner peace. 'Lumbini' literally means 'The Lovely' in Sanskrit, and true to its name it stands!

The entire site is decked up with prayer flags that have blessings and incantations upon them, which have been put up by thousands of tourists. Each of the monasteries here is architecturally distinctive, with beautiful fa├žades and paintings. 

The Mayadevi Temple is the most important and sacred site in the area - it houses the actual spot where the Buddha was born, to Queen Mayadevi, the wife of King Suddhodana of Kapilavastu. A stone marker can identify the birth spot. Nearby is the Bodhi Tree in Lumbini Garden, where the Holy Mother is said to have rested a while before giving birth to the Buddha. The tree radiates peace and spiritual serenity and is decked in prayer flags. Significant archaeological remains are placed inside the temple as well. The Lumbini Garden also houses the Pushkarini - Sacred Pond. Little Siddhartha is also said to have swum in this holy pond. Another important archaeological marvel is the Ashoka Stupa (Pillar), which was built in 249 B.C. 

Avid trekkers can do the Lumbini Circuit Trek and witness 64 historical and archaeological sites around the area, including visits to villages where one can get an authentic experience of the local culture and hospitality.

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Things to Keep in Mind

  • Lots of trinkets, prayer flags and religious paraphernalia are for sale near the entrance to the complex, including Buddha snowglobes and stickers. A couple of shops in the village near the bus stop stock more of the same plus a bit more.
  • There is only one bank in Lumbini which has an ATM. It is advisable to exchange the currency beforehand at the border itself.
  • Cover your legs and shoulders and remove footwear before entering places of worship.
  • While exploring the sacred sites, circumambulate the stupas and other sacred objects in a clockwise direction.
  • Do not climb onto statues or other sacred objects.
  • Being a very religious place, you won't find any nightlife. There are only a couple of shops where you can find alcohol. Else, even restaurants dont serve them.
  • In some places, photography is prohibited, so keep that in mind before whipping out your camera.

History of Lumbini

Archaeological records and historical documentation place Lumbini as the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, who later became Gautama Buddha and founded Buddhism. He is said to have been born around the first century B.C.followed by the development of a Buddhist monastery-like community by approximately 550 BCE.
Mayadevi Temple
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King Ashoka, the famous Indian ruler who took to Buddhism, is said to have visited Lumbini and placed the Stupa to acknowledge that it was the birthplace of the Buddha. He built four Stupas and generously contributed to the infrastructure of the erstwhile village. This Stupa serves as important archaeological evidence, and is more than 2000 years old! 
Rummindei Pillar of Ashoka
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Known as Rummindei till the end of the 19th century, the area was renamed Lumbini after a pillar was discovered, attributing the location as the birthplace of the Buddha.

Restaurants and Local Food in Lumbini

You will find authentic Nepali food as well as Indian Cuisine here. Being a sacred site, non veg will be difficult to find.
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How To Reach Lumbini

You can take flight from Kathmandu to Siddhartha Nagar which is 22 km away from Lumbini. From there, you can take buses. If travelling by bus from Kathmandu, Pokhara, Gorakhpur and Varanasi , you can come to Sunauli which is around 30 km from Lumbini. You can take taxis from there.

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