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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. Lumbini is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a plethora of ancient stupas dating back to 2000 years and monasteries that were built by 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 façades and paintings. China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Germany, France and other countries have their monasteries here in Lumbini. 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.

The Mayadevi Temple is the most important and sacred site in the area - it houses the actual spot where Lord Buddha was born, to Queen Mayadevi, the wife of King Suddhodana of Kapilavastu. A stone marker can identify the birth spot. Other nearby significant attractions are the Bodhi Tree in Lumbini Garden, the Pushkarini - Sacred Pond and the Ashoka Stupa (Pillar), which was built in 249 B.C. 


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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.

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What is the best way 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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What are the places near Lumbini?

The top places near to Lumbini are Pokhara which is 78 km from Lumbini, Kathmandu which is located 178 km from Lumbini, Nagarkot which is located 196 km from Lumbini, Janakpur which is located 263 km from Lumbini, Bhaktapur which is located 189 km from Lumbini

What are the things to do in Lumbini?

The top things to do in Lumbini are Maya Devi Temple, Bodhi Tree, Lumbini, Mayadevi Pond, Ashoka Pillar, Lumbini, World Peace Pagoda Lumbini, Lumbini Museum. You can see all the places to visit in Lumbini here

How much does a package cost for Lumbini?

The packages for Lumbini start at INR 38000 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What is the best time to visit Lumbini?

Best time to visit Lumbini are the months of October and November. April and May are also the best months to visit as it is the months of Buddha Jayanthi and the town comes to life. October and November are the autumn seasons, and the weather starts to cool down after the monsoon season, and the sunrise and sunset views are the most beautiful. The temperature ranges between 12ᴼC-28ᴼC. December-February should be avoided in Lumbini as it’s too cold and the temperature sometimes gets as low as 2ᴼC. However, the humidity remains high, and hence, the mornings are foggy and gloomy. March, April and September are the summer months in Lumbini. The temperature starts to rise in May, June and July and it can go up to 40ᴼC. March and April, however, are good months to travel to Lumbini too and can be considered to be the shoulder months there.
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What is the 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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