Anyone who has heard about Buddha has probably heard about Lumbini tour as well. The birthplace of the divine lord, revered as the “Light of Asia”, Lumbini tour is a highly visited pilgrimage for people all around the world. Every year, thousands of people travel to this holy sacred place which holds with it, the then residence, belongings and assets of the great prince turned philosopher and modern-day prophet, serving as a visual aid to the life of Buddha, and information on Buddhism.
Existing at a distance of 350 km. from Kathmandu, Lumbini was a beautiful garden, at the time Buddha took his birth here, in 560 B.C. He was born on the way to Tilaurakot, where his mother Maya Devi, the queen of Kapilvastu, was traveling to her home, for her delivery. Legend has it that just after his birth, Buddha traveled 7 steps to the north, which is now depicted as 7 lotus flowers looking in all directions. He showed signs of special characteristics and aura since his early childhood. Buddha stayed at Lumbini as a prince till the age of 29, when he happened to encounter a diseased man, a decaying corpse, and an ascetic, which depressed him to an extent of abandoning his home, family and all his materialistic belongings and travel around in search of wisdom. Years later, here turned back to his birthplace, after getting enlightened, and visited places all around Asia, preaching thoughts of truth and non-violence.
At present there are about 62 archeological sites and numerous monasteries in Lumbini. One of theism the Ashoka pillar,named after the great emperor Ashoka (an ancient emperor of the Maurya dynasty who ruled almost all of the Indian subcontinent from c.268to 232 BCE.). Discovered in 1896, this pillar is believed to mark the spot of Emperor Ashoka’s visit to Lumbini. The site was not known as Lumbini before the pillar was discovered. According to an inscription on the pillar, it was placed there by the people then in charge of the park to commemorate Ashoka’s visit and gifts.Lumbini was in scripted as a World Heritage site by the UNESCO in 1997.
Maya Devi Temple
The Maya Devi temple, named after Gautam Buddha’s mother, is said to be the exact place where Buddha was born. There are drawings depicting his birth inside. The current white washed temple was built to protect the older
temple under it. Inside the temple are mud bricks and a small area looking down into dug out area which marks the exact place of birth. Around the temple is a sacred pool (known as Puskarni) and a sacred garden. The archaeological remains at the site were previously dated to the third-century.
Kapilvastu was the then capital of the Shakya kingdom where Buddha was born to king Shuddhodhana of this clan.It was at this place, where Buddha stayed as a prince till the age of 29, after which he left his home, family and all his materialistic belongings in search of wisdom. Twelve years later, after his enlightenment, he came back to his home and preached his sermons overhear. None of the temples or monuments at Lumbini were seriously affected by the 2015 earthquake.
Tilaurakot locates at a distance of 24 km. to the west of Lumbini. It is believed to contain the remains of ancient Kapilvastu, seat of the ancient Shakya kingdom and the childhood home of Prince Siddhartha. True it is that Tilaurakot receives far fewer visitors than Lumbini, yet its ruins disagree to be less interesting. The remains include a couple of stupa bases, thick fortress walls and four gates. Other than quite a few scattered fountains of ancient palaces, stupa’s and monasteries, archaeologists have discovered thirteen successive layers of human presence (habitation), the oldest dating back to the eight century B.C. It definitely is ant-to-miss visit for Buddhist as well as historians and scholars.
- Day 01: Arrival in kathmandu
- Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation.
- Day 03: Drive to Lumbini
- Day 04: Sightseeing arround lumbini
- Day 05: Drive back to Kathmandu
- Day 06: Departure your destination.
Day 01: Arrival in kathmandu
Thank you for choosing Lumbini pilgrimage tour as your next adventure destination! On this day you arrive to Kathmandu and we transfer you to your accommodation. You rest and rejuvenate for days to come. You can as well explore the surrounding and get to know a little about the country and culture.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation.
On this day, you will visit many cultural heritages, which includes some of the famous world’s heritages like Pashupatinath, Swyambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bouddhanath stupa and many more. You can do shopping various Nepalese cultural stuffs in this day. And Back to hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Lumbini
After breakfast, we take a scenic drive to lumbini for 8 hours along with the bank of the river and overnight at hotel with full board meals.
Day 04: Sightseeing arround lumbini
On this day after breakfast visit lumbini garden for worship and meditation, then drive to tilaurakot/mayadevi temple for covering major things to know about lumbini's history.
Day 05: Drive back to Kathmandu
Arrival in the evening in kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 06: Departure your destination.
- Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle (depends on group size).
- 2 nights hotel accommodation at 3 star category in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast.
- Welcome dinner at typical Nepalese restaurant in Kathmandu.
- All government and local taxes and company service charge.
- Highly an experienced tour Guide.
- 2 nights hotel rooms in lumbini with full board meals.
- Accidental and medical Insurance of tour guide.
- Tourist Bus/Jeep transportation from Kathmandu to Lumbini to Kathmandu.
- Certificate of tour Completion.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills.
- Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival (4 copies of passport size photo).
- Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu and Lumbini Hotel.
- Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
- Tips for tour guide.
- Anything else that is not mentioned on what is included.