Lumbini (World's peace destination) is well known all over the world as the birth place of Prince Siddhartha Gautam who later on became the Buddha. It is situated on the foothills of the Churiya range in the district of Rupandehi, 300km southwest of capital Kathmandu. Being the birth place of the Buddha, Lumbini has long been exalted as a great centre of pilgrimage for both the Hindus and the Buddhists. It is incidentally the first and foremost site of pilgrimage among the Chatumahasthana. Much of the Buddhist scriptures proclaim that the newly born Prince Siddhartha took seven steps and uttered some precious words as epoch making message to the suffering humanity. It happened in the beautiful sal grove of Lumbini, Nepal. Lumbini is also famous for its garden. Legend has says that Maya Devi, the queen of Sakya King Suddhodana of Kapilavastu, on the way to her maternal hometown Devadaha, gave birth to Prince Siddhartha in this garden.
Monuments at Lumbini.
Lumbini holds within itself various stories, myths and legends. As a pilgrimage site today, Lumbini retains its ancient charm and its sense of solitude. A monastic site was built on the sacred spot of the Buddha's birth. The birth-spot is the most holy spot in entire Lumbini and has attracted numerous devotees who have erected structures to pay homage to the Buddha.
The Maya Devi Temple
The shrine of Maya Devi, the mother of the Buddha, is at the heart of all these monuments. Several layers of construction work commemorate this complex. The main object of worship here is the nativity sculpture. The restored Maya Devi temple was reopened on May 16, 2003 on the 2547th birth anniversary of Lord Buddha. Government of Nepal and LDT jointly restored the temple. The ground floor consists of the remains of the foundations of the early Maya Devi Temple that dates back to 3rd century BC. This is incidentally the place where Buddha was born.
The Marker Stone
This stone is located in the deeply buried in the sanctum sanatorium which pinpoints the exact location of the birth of Lord Buddha. This was discovered after meticulous excavation of the Maya Devi Temple site in 1996. The exact size of Marker Stone is 70×40×10 cm. This is now covered with a bulletproof glass.
The Nativity Sculpture
The very idol of Maya Devi, also known as the Nativity sculpture dates back to 4th century AD. It is a depiction of Maya Devi holding the branch of a tree with her right hand for support. Next to her Gautami Prajapati, her own sister, in supporting posture in the time of delivery is standing. The newly born prince Siddhartha is standing upright on a lotus pedestal, with two celestial figures receiving him.
The Puskarini or Holy Pond
Nearby you have the Ashokan Pillar erected by emperor Ashoka. Next to it is the holy pond also known as the Pushkarni. It is believed that Maya Devi had taken a bath here before giving birth to Buddha. It is also the site where the infant prince Siddhartha was given his first purification bath. The pond has terraced steps and is riveted by beautifully layered bricks.
The Asokan Pillar
Built by emperor Ashoka, the Ashokan Pillar is the first epigraphic evidence relating to the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The Pillar is therefore historically significant. The inscription engraved by Emperor Ashoka is still intact and testifies the authenticity of the birthplace. The text written in Brahmi script and pali language is translated as follows:
- The Monasteries of Royal Thai (Thailand),
- Chinese Monastery (China)
- Vietnam Phat Quoc Tu (Vietnam
- Mahabodhi Society of Kolkotta (India)
- International Nun's Society (Nepal)
- The Great Lotus Stupa (Tara Foundation, Germany)
- Myanmar Monastery (Myanmar)
- Vipasana Mediation Center (Nepal)
- Lumbini Museum
- Lumbini International Research Institute
- World Peace Pagoda
- Eternal Peace Flame
- Peace Bell and Crane Sanctuary
Lumbini visit - Itinerary
Day 1: Kathmandu:
Arrive at Kathmandu airport, transfer to hotel. Welcoming refreshment, guide will be brief your trip. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu - Bhairahawa – Lumbini:
Fly from Kathmandu to Bhairawa. The flight will take about 35 minutes. From Bhairawa drive to Lumbini. Visit Lumbini gardens and surrounding areas. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 3: Lumbini:
After breakfast, make a visit to the Mayadevi Temple and tour of surrounding areas. Visit the surrounding villages and observe rural lifestyle 2-3 hrs. Stay overnight at a hotel.
Day 4: Around Lumbini
Drive and visit religious and archaeological sites at Gotihawa, Kudan, Tilaurakot and Lumbini. The tour will take about 6-8 hours. Return to Lumbini in the evening and stay overnight at hotel
Day 5: Lumbini –Chitwan:
Visit religious sites at Devadaha, Ramagrama and then drive to Chitwan. At Chitwan you will be transferred to your hotel. Jungle activities with guide. Full board basis, overnight at a selected resort.
Day 6: Chitwan:
Full day jungle activities inside the jungle. Full board basis, overnight at resort.
Day 7: Bird watching trip, breakfast then drive to Kathmandu. 5 hours. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
ay 8: Departure:
Transfer to airport, fly back to home.
Cost Information for Lumbini visit:
The trip cost will vary depending on the number of person in your group, trip duration and standard of services required. Please contact us or send us a quick inquiry with your details to obtain a quote.
Note: If above itineraries couldn’t meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as white water rafting and wildlife safari.