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Lumbini Travel Guide - Attractions, Transportation, Hotels, Maps

In Sanskrit, Lumbini (or Lumpini, Lumphini) means “the lovely”. Located in the south Terai Plain of Nepal, only about 7 km to India, Lumbini is a small country, which is world famous as the “the Birthplace of Lord Buddha” and one of the seven UNESCO World Heritages of Nepal. Because it is the place where Queen Māyādevī gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama (Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism), today, Lumbini is a celebrated and most important pilgrimage site for Buddhists from all over the world. When Sakyamuni was 35 years old, he achieved his enlightenment - becoming the Buddha and founding Buddhism. According to legend, many his significant Buddhist events occurred under a Sal tree. As a site pivotal to the life of the Buddha, Lumbini is also the base of modern Buddhist renaissance and a unique museum of international Buddhist temples, where over 20 countries constructed representative temples in monastic zones.

Plan Your Lumbini Tour

Since Lumbini is a small border town in southwestern Nepal, the majority of tourists visit Lumbini together with Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan. And then, spend 1 to 2 days on learning Buddhist culture, observe Buddhist architectures, experience Buddhist life and infuse themselves into this sacred and undisturbed pure land. Find more popular Lumbini Tours >>

Top Attractions to Visit in Lumbini, Nepal

Lumbini Sacred Garden (or Lumbini Park) designed by Japanese in Lumbini is the major destination to explore if you are into cultural, archaeological and religious treasures, especially Buddhism of Nepal. With plenty of stupas, meditation grounds, temples and courtyards, a walk in Lumbini Park is a meaningful talk with Buddha and your inner self. When you enter the birthplace of great Lord Buddha and be captivated by nearby serene environment, time gets slower and curative. You can learn Buddhist story, seek Buddhist culture and even meditate to find spiritual peace in the tranquil garden. A huge complex of different Buddhist temples of countries worldwide is another highlight you can discover in Lumbini. Check the top tourist attractions in Lumbini as follows:

Top Tourist Attractions in Lumbini

Maya Devi Temple - Shrine for the Mother of Lord Buddha

Type: Landmark, Religious Sites

Recommended Length of Visit: 30~45 mins

With a white look and a vast ground around, the temple was built to respect and commemorate Queen Maya Devi - the mother of the Lord Buddha. It is a sacred Buddhist temple in the center of Lumbini Park. The temple has recorded the story of Queen Maya. It is said that she gave birth to Gautama (Sakyamuni) under a Sal tree (Ashoka tree) in a very beautiful garden in Lumbini, on her way back home. A statue of Queen Maya is worshiped inside the temple, and there is a standing sculpture of newborn Sakyamuni and a sandstone painting telling the natal scene.

Top Tourist Attractions in Lumbini

Ashoka Pillar - Mark of Birth Site of Lord Buddha

Type: Building & Relics

Recommended Length of Visit: 15 mins

With a height of about 12.97 m, Ashoka Pillar is an inscribed sandstone column in north of Maya Devi Temple. In 249 BC, Mauryan Emperor Ashoka made a pilgrimage to Lumbini, later he decided to build a monument to memorize Sakyamuni and mark the exact birth location of him. Ashoka also forgave all taxes and levies nearby Lord Buddh’s birthplace. The pillar was buried underground and discovered in 1993 when digging the road. At present, there are 19 Ashoka pillars with inscriptions and most of them are found in India, but the Ashoka Pillar in Lumbini is the oldest one. Inscription on it strongly proves Lumbini is the place of birth of Lord Buddha.

Top Tourist Attractions in Lumbini

Puskarni Pond - Blessed Bathing Pool of Queen Maya Devi

Type: Religious Sites

Recommended Length of Visit: 15 mins

Near to the south of Ashoka Pillar is the famous Puskarni Pond where the Buddha's mother - Queen Mayadevi took a bath before giving birth in hot summer. The prince, namely Gautama Buddha, also had his purification bath in the quadrate pond. Nowadays pilgrims often take a holy dip here. The surrounded grounds are the ruined foundations of a great number of brick pagodas and monasteries which can be trace back to the 2nd century BC to the 9th century AD.

Top Tourist Attractions in Lumbini

Lumbini Monastic Site – Open Mini Buddhist World

Type: Points of Interest & Landmarks, Religious Site

Recommended Length of Visit: half a day to 2 days

To share and promote the Buddhism across the world, over 20 featured Buddhism temples of different styles are built by different countries in the Lumbini Sacred Garden. By visiting these temples, you can view different styles of architecture of each country and get construction stories behind, all presenting the mercy and calmness of Buddhism. Main temples include Chinese Temple, Korean Temple, Royal Thai Monastery, Myanmar Golden Monastery, Japanese Monastery, Nepal Manang Samaj Stupa, Thrangu Monastery (Tibetan style) and so forth.

Useful Nepal Travel Notes

  • 1. How to Plan a Nepal Travel
    Usually, tourists take about 4~15 days to have a classic Nepal tour. First you can start from the capital city - Kathmandu. Four days are recommended to explore top UNESCO World Heritage properties in Kathmandu Valley. Then, extend your tour to a deep nature or culture exploration in surrounding area. Use one more day to have a great view of Mount Everest in Nagarkot. Spend 2 to 3 days on sightseeing in Pokhara for the picturesque Phewa Lake or Chitwan National park for the great wildlife adventure - both of them are recommended. Buddhist culture lovers can’t miss Lumbini for it’s the birthplace of Lord Buddha. You are suggested spending 9 days on a full Buddhist tour from Kathmandu Valley to Dhulikhel, Lumbin, Bharktapur, and Pharping. If you want to stretch your legs, a 9 days Poon Hill Trekking will be amazing. After a Nepal Tour, most tourists like to visit Tibet through Gyirong Port to witness the highest Mount Everest, sacred Mount Kailash or visit spiritual city - Lhasa. It is also available to take a nonstop flight to Lhasa from Kathmandu.
  • 2. How to Get a Nepal Visa
    Except a few nations exempted from Nepal Visa, most travelers are required to get a Nepal Visa for their Nepal tour. Usually tourists can apply for Nepal Visa from overseas Nepal Embassy or Consulate prior to departure, or obtain Nepal Visa on arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport or appointed border ports. Passport, application form and passport-size photo are basic required documents for Nepal Visa application. You can choose from length of duration based on your travel itinerary, such as 15, 30 or 90 days and pay visa fees accordingly.
  • 3. How to Get to Nepal
    At present, Nepal can be reached by flights and overland driving. KathmanduTribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport in You can take non-stop flights to Kathmandu from many cities abroad, like Bangkok, Colombo, Calcutta, Delhi, Dhaka, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Karachi, Lhasa, London Osaka, Paris, Moscow, Paro, Singapore and Varanasi, etc. If you feel inconvenient to fly to Nepal from home country, it’s a good idea to travel to China first. After visiting great destinations in China, you can easily get to Tibet by flight or by scenic Qinghai-Tibet train, and then have an unforgettable overland driving experience to Nepal across Gyirong Port or quick air travel from Lhasa to Kathmandu directly.
  • 4. More Useful Nepal Travel Tips
    1.) What to Pack. Your valid passport is the most important item to bring. A large backpack for big luggage and a smaller bag for valuables are recommended. If you travel to Nepal during summer, rain gears are necessary while warm clothing is needed for a winter tour. For a trekking trip in Nepal, better take both light and warm clothing in casual styles because you will experience a wide range of climates. Good windproof and waterproof jacket, walking boots with ankle support are most suitable clothes to take. 2.) What to Eat. Heavily influenced by Indian and Tibet dishes, Nepal food is quick to cook and tasty to eat. The most popular Nepal food is a dish called “Daal, Bhaat and Tarkaari” (lentils, rice, vegetable curry respectively). It is the main course served in the most Nepalese housesfor both lunch and dinner. Kathmandu is a melting pot of international cuisine. Besides Nepal food, Nepal restaurants here serve varieties of hygienic delicacies from Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, Italian, Australian, Russian, Korean, and Mexican to Continental at remarkably reasonable price.

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