birthplace of Lord Buddha, is the centre of holy faith for the millions of
Buddhists all over the world. Located in south-western Nepal, Lumbini holds
several reminders of Lord Buddha. One of the most important historical sites
in Nepal is endowed by nature with rich natural beauty.
||One of the most important historical sites in the country, UNESCO
world heritage site
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The garden is foremost attraction in Lumbini tourism. The fact that
Lord Buddha had taken birth in Lumbini Garden makes it a plce of reverence.
Number of stupas, monasteries and temples surround the garden.
Some of these are ancient while are some were erected by medieval states. A
collosal stone pillar built by the great Indian emperor Ashoka is also here.
Account of the birth of Buddha is inscribed on it.
Devoted to Maya Devi, the mother of Lord Buddha, the temple attracts praise
for its architectural beauty. Credit of discovering the temple, in 1895,
goes to a German archaeologist. The temple is remarkable in the way Maya
Devi is shown giving birth to Lord Buddha.
Queen Mayadevi took a dip in the pond before giving birth of prince
Siddhartha. The prince also had his purification bath in the pond. Brick
steps of the pond lead to the emerald-green water.
Lumbini travel guide also takes you to Kushinagar where Lord Buddha
attained nirvana. One can see number of stupas, viharas and chaityas which
remind us of the mahaparinirvana.
The place of Mahaparinirvana, it was at Bodhgaya that Gautama Buddha
attained unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment. The legand narrates that
Siddartha Gautama reached the village of senai and sat on a kusa grass mat
under a pipal tree. Here he resolved not to rise again untill enlightenment
was attianed. Thereafter the place became a pilgrimage site.
Maha Bodhi Temple
The temple is known for its 1700 years old idol. The idol sits facing the
place where Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment.
Near Maha Bodhi Temple is the Bodhi tree, an ancient peepal tree. Gautam
Buddha attained enlightenment under this tree.
Kapilvastu, birthplace of Gautam Buddha, is a famous historic town which is
always brimming with charm. Lord Buddha was born here in the sixth century.
Kapilvastu attracts Buddhist pilgrims from all over the world. Kapilvastu is
27km from Lumbini.
How to Reach
By Air :
One can reach flight from Kathmandu Airport for Bhairahwa
Airport which is the nearest air port for Lumbini. Sacred Garden is 15
minutes drive away.
By Rail :
Nearest railway station is at Gorakhpur in India. It is
122 km from Lumbini.
By Road :
Good roads link Bhairahwa to Lumbini, and also other
important Nepal cities.
Buses, taxis and rickshaws are the means of local transport in Nepal.