Birth place of Buddha tour ( Lumbini)

Trip Overview

LUMBINI TOUR
Lumbini, the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam, the shakya prince and the ultimate Buddha, the enlightened one, is the pilgrimage destination of the world’s millions of people faithful to all schools of Buddhism. This nativity site, identified by Indian Emperor Ashoka’s commemorative pillar is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

The main attraction at the Lumbini remains the Sacred garden spread over 8sq km and possessing all the treasures of the historic area. The Mayadevi temple is the main attraction for pilgrims and archaeologists alike. Here we find a bas relief of Mayadevi, the Buddha’s mother giving birth to him. Standing west to the Mayadevi shrine is the oldest monument of Nepal, the Ashoka Pillar. The pillar was erected by emperor Ashoka in 249BC to commemorate his pilgrimage to the sacred site. To the south of the pillar, we find the sacred pond, Puskarni, where Queen Mayadevi had taken a bath just before giving birth to the Buddha.
History
Lumbini is the ultimate pilgrimage for every Buddhist – The Star of Asia and symbol of peace.
Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini while his mother was on her way to her parental home from Kapilvastu. He was born during the full moon day in the month of Baisakh in 623 B.C and is believed to have been born under a Saal tree (Shorea Robusta) when Maya Devi (his mother) was going to her maternal town on the occasion of the delivery. After his birth, Buddha took seven steps towards north, which is now shown as seven lotus flowers and looking in all directions, he declared that “I am the foremost of all creatures to cross the riddle of the ocean of the existence, this is my last birth and here after, I will not be born again”.
This newly born hindu prince named Siddhartha had supernatural birth signs, which indicated that the new born child will bring deliverance to the world. Ascetic (Rishis) warned the king that the boy might renounce the world anytime if he happens to come across, the diseased, an old man, dead body or the ascetic.

The king, alarmed to hear this, married Prince Siddhartha at an early age and almost imprisoned him in pleasure palaces, providing there in all kinds of enjoyments so he will be happy and stay there. However, the prophecy came true and he became The Buddha.
Lumbini should be visited and be seen by devotees, as it is the being of one of the four holy places of Buddhism.
The other sites are Boudhagaya, Kushinagar and  Sarnath in India.

There are other places of interest too nearby. It is accessible by air from Kathmandu to Bhairawa. From Kathmandu it takes about eight hours by bus or car.
Lumbini is situated in Nepal in the foot hills of the Himalayas about
22 kilometers from Bhairahawa.
230 kilometers from Kathmandu.
122 kilometers from Gorakhpur city in Uttar Pradesh, India.
181 kilometers from Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh.
240 kilometers from Sravasti of Uttar Pradesh in North India.

ATTRACTIONS IN AND AROUND LUMBINI
The birth place itself is interesting as a whole with its landscapes and the green forestry. Maya Devi temple, the stupas and the pillar built by great King Ashoka alone are worth a visit.
Recently, several beautiful shrines have been constructed by devotees from all over the world.
A visit to Lumbini is not only for spiritual enlightenment but also for solace and satisfaction that one gets in such a calm and peaceful place.

MAYA DEVI TEMPLE
In 1895, Fuehrer, a famous German archaeologist, discovered the great pillar and further explorations and excavations of the surrounding areas revealed the existence of a brick temple and a sandstone sculpture within the temple itself which represents the scenes of Buddha’s birth.
On the south of the Maya Devi temple there is the famous sacred bathing pool known as Puskarni. It is believed that Maya Devi took a bath in this pool before the delivery.
The temple was built gradually and is composed of many Buddhist temples.
THE ASHOKAN PILLAR was inscribed and essentially erected by Ashoka in 249 BC.
• The inscription on the pillar (the oldest in Nepal) declares that Ashoka granted Lumbini tax-free status in honor of Buddha’s birth. It is 6meters high and half of it is beneath the ground. It is behind the Maya Devi Temple, and to the west of the temple.
THE BUDDHIST MONASTERY was built the modern way but is quite important in shedding a light in relation to the architecture on the walls. The middle hall contains some exquisite murals resembling the medieval periods’.

Suggested Trips
1 night 2 days
Day 1:
Morning drive in from (Sunauli, Kathmandu, Mugling or Chitwan) or fly in from Kathmandu. Excursion around Lumbini. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2:
Morning half day sightseeing around Lumbini such as Maya Devi Temple, Ashoka Pillar, Buddha Maya Garden. Afternoon drive back to Kathmandu.

2 Nights 3 days
Day 1
Morning drive in from (Sunauli, Kathmandu, Mugling or Chitwan) or fly in to Lumbini. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2:
After breakfast, you will be taken for full day sightseeing around lumbini such as Maya Devi temple, Ashoka Pillar, Buddha Maya Garden and other Buddhist Monasteries. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3:
Morning excursion of some monasteries after breakfast. Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1 : Drive to Lumbini

Morning drive in from (Sunauli, Kathmandu, Mugling or Chitwan) or fly in from Kathmandu. Excursion around Lumbini. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 : Morning half day sightseeing

Morning half day sightseeing around Lumbini such as Maya Devi Temple, Ashoka Pillar, Buddha Maya Garden. Afternoon drive back to Kathmandu.

cost & dates

Package Type Package Info Price
Trip Inclusion

The Packages Include

All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
All entrance and National Park fees
All activities as Mentioned

The Packages Does Not Include

Personal insurance of any kind
Personal consumption of alcohol and beverages

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