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Lumbini - The birthplace of Lord Buddha.
Lumbini is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. Lumbini is located in Central Nepal very close to the border of Indian State of Utter Pradesh. The birthplace of Sidhartha Gautam Buddha is pilgrimage site for Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike. It is a small unknown town before the discovery of the birthplace of Buddha; it was marked by Ashok Pillar which was built in 250 BC by an Indian emperor Ashok in the height of his power. Beside the Ashok Pillar there is a temple of Maya Devi, mother of Gautam Buddha, and the sacred pool, known as Puskarni, where Maya Devi gave purification bath to Gautam Buddha. The focal point of Lumbini is the sanctum sanctorum where a stone slab is located which marks exact birthplace of Gautam Buddha. Places to visit include restored garden and surrounding areas with many ancient monuments, monasteries and stupas. The other important archeological site in Lumbini is Kapilvastu, located about 27 km west of Lumbini. Sidhartha Gautam Buddha spent his early years of childhood in Kapilvastu. Archaeologist has discovered that the foundation of the palace scattered in the area has 13 successive layers of human habitation dating back to 8th century BC. Other historical places associated with the life of Gautam Buddha are Aroarakot (about 10km west), Chatradei (about 5km north), and to the southwest Gotihawa (about 5km) and Kudan (about 2km) from Taulihawa. Niglihawa and Sagarhawa are other near by sites that are archeologically important. Surrounding villages and weekly market full of local merchandise and people provides interesting sightseeing tour beside the birthplace of Buddha. Bodhgaya, the place where Sidhartha Gautam Buddha attained the knowledge of Nirvana - eternal peace, is in Bihar; it is very close to Lumbini.
The road from Kathmandu to Lumbini is 285 km and from Pokhara it is 200 km. The road from Kathmandu joins East-West highway (Mahendra Highway) at Naryanghat and continues to the west to Butwal, and Bhairawa. Lumbini is about 16 km west of Bhairawa. Chitwan is about 3-hour drive. The circuit is done in anti clockwise direction.
Day 1: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you are welcomed by the hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to your hotel. Our guide will explain briefly the program upon arrival at hotel.
Day 2: Wake up in the early morning to witness the beautiful sunrise outlook from the resort before breakfast serving. The next, we head for Kathmandu and keep half day valley sightseeings with Kathmandu Durbar Square, the place of the Malla and then the Shah Kings of Nepal, visiting Kumari Temple, house of the virgin goddess, visiting Swoyambhunath, a stupa on the top of hill - from here you can overlook the scenery of Kathmandu Valley. We then visit Patan, a famous city features of arts and crafts - the highlight of trip is the Shikara (Krishna Temple), Patan Durbar with Royal bath, Hiranya Varna Mahavir (Buddhist Monastery)
Day 3: Kathmandu - Lumbini. Upon arrival Lumbini, we transfer you to the hotel, check-in and then we go walking through the Sacred Lumbini Garden where the Buddha was born converges on the Ashoka pillar, visit the Maya Devi Temple with its bas-relief sculpture depicting Maya Devi holding on with her right hand to a branch of pipal tree and giving birth to the infant Buddha who stand up on a lotus pedestal.
Day 4: After breakfast, we begin the trip by driving away, 27km west of Lumbini; visit the important archaeological site, Tilaurkot, the ancient palace of King Suddodha (Siddhartha Gautam's father), where the Buddha spent his formative years as a Shakya Prince. Allow yourself for a moment to wander around and soak the atmosphere. There's a museum nearby, The Kapilvastu Museum; the pottery, jewelry and ornaments are gathered in-house. End up the remarkable tour in Tilaurkot by visiting the shrines, monasteries and stupa near the sacred garden.
Day 5: Lumbini - Kathmandu. After breakfast, we leave Lumbini by road and back to Kathmandu. Check-in at hotel, rest of the day is at your own leisure.
Day 6: Bhaktapur Sightseeing. Visit the golden gate, the palace of 55 windows, Nyatapola temple, dattatrataya square and etc.
Day 6: After breakfast, rest of day is at leisure until we pick you up at the hotel and then transfer to airport for your next stop.
Planning your trek
Upper Mustang Region