LUMBINI BIRTHPLACE OF BUDDHA
One of the world’s most important spiritual sites is home to the historic birthplace of the Buddha. Today you can visit over 25 international Buddhist monasteries, study Buddhism, meditation and visit Buddha’s birthplace itself within the sacred Mayadevi Gardens!
Mayadevi Temple is one of the important sites in the Lumbini Garden with many historians and archaeologists referring to it as the place of birth of Lord Buddha. Inscriptions on the Ashoka Pillar also refers the spot as his birthplace. It is said that here the newly born Prince took his first seven steps and gave a peace message to humanity.
This happened in the beautiful Sal grove, which is now the focal point of the Lumbini Garden. Mayadevi, the Queen of Shakya King Suddhodhana of Kapilvastu, while passing through the Lumbini Garden, on the day of Baishakha Purnima (full moon day of May in 623 BC) took a bath in the Pushkarini (the Sacred Pond) and soon after she took support of a tree branch, and gave birth to the Prince Siddhartha, who became the Buddha.
Visit beautiful monasteries built by different Buddhist countries like China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Germany and observe the different architecture and prayer areas. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere and above all visit the Mayadevi Temple which dates back to 2,200 years, which archaeological evidence proclaim as the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam or Lord Buddha in 623 BC.
You can walk around the garden or find a peaceful meditative spot to contemplate. The focal point for pilgrims is a sandstone carving depicting the birth of the Buddha, reputedly left here by the Malla King Ripu Malla, in the 14th century, when Mayadevi was worshipped as an incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess. Another main attraction is the Ashokan Pillar, which was built by the great Indian Emperor Ashoka while visiting the birthplace of Buddha back in 249 BC.
One can visit the Panditarama Vipassana Center for some yoga and meditation and interact with the monks, who live in the vicinity of the monasteries, devoting their time to balancing the environment with religious worship.
The Lumbini Garden covers an area of 2.56 sq km or 1 x 3 sq miles and encompasses three zones each covering one square mile connected with walkways and a canal. The area has sub tropical monsoon climate with warm wet season.
If you are planning on traveling to exotic places in South Asia looking to find some Nirvana, then do not miss Lumbini in Nepal.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m.)
Day 02:Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour.
Day 03:Kathmandu to Lumbini.
Day 04:Lumbini Sightseeing Tour.
Day 05:Lumbini to Kathmandu.
Day 06: Final Departure from Kathamndu.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m.) You will be received by Beautiful Adventure representatives and will be transferred to hotel. After checking into our rooms, stay Overnight in hotel Kathmandu.
Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour. Breakfast at Hotel. Full day sightseeing including AM: Visit 2000 years old Buddhist shrine Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple), situated on the top of the hill west of the city the most popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the “Monkey Temple”. There are many small buildings and shrines down the hillside behind Swayambhunath. Explore the colorful Kathmandu Durbar Square- The Old Royal Palace of Kathmandu, Temple of living goddess Kumari, the Jagannath temple, 17th century temple known for colorfully painted erotic carvings, Kasthmandap temple a three-story temple built from a single tree in 12th century. Lunch: 1300hrs- 1400hrs PM: Patan is often referred to as Lalitpur, which means “city of beauty”. Patan has a long Buddhist History and the four corners of the city are marked by Stupas erected by the great Buddhist emperor Ashoka around 250 BCE. Visit Patan City second largest city of valley including Royal Palace, Bhimsen temple, Manga Hiti, King Yogaendra Malla’s Statue, Krishna temple, Taleju temple 15th century Golden Temple and Mahaboudha Temple known as temple of 10,000 Buddha, Kumbeshwar Temple. Bishwakarma Temple, Uma Maheshwar Temple. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Kathmandu to Lumbini. After taking a nutritious breakfast, we travel overland from Kathmandu to the Lumbini, one of the places with breathtaking views and scenic beauty. The birthplace of Lord Buddha, it is one of the most compelling places to visit in Nepal. Considered as the place of holy pilgrimage, Lumbini falls in the list of World Heritage Sites recognized by UNESCO. The moment we arrive at Lumbini, we transfer you to the hotel for taking rest after the journey. Check-in and then we go walking through the Sacred Lumbini Garden, the place to visit as it is considered the holy place and the birth place of the Lord Buddha. There remains the Ashoka pillar on the charts too. Visiting the Maya Devi Temple with its bas-relief sculpture depicting Maya Devi also marks this on our Nepal tour journey.
Lumbini Sightseeing Tour. After taking our breakfast, we start for the trip by driving away, 27km west of Lumbini. Visiting the important archaeological site, Tilaurkot also remains on our traveling charts. As we know that the ancient palace of King Suddodha (Siddhartha Gautam’s father), is a place to visit, we also take you to other sites as well. This is the place you will love to see as it is here the Buddha spent his formative years as a Shakya Prince. Enjoy yourself for a moment to wander around and immerse in the glory of wonderful places. There is also a museum nearby for you to enjoy.
Lumbini to Kathmandu. After taking our breakfast, we go to Lumbini via road and back to Kathmandu. Check-in at the hotel is planned thereafter taking the day at your own leisure.
Final Departure from Kathamndu.Breakfast at Hotel. Free time till departure to airport
· Airport pickup and drop off by our private vehicle.
· 3 star Hotel accommodation with free breakfast.
· All Ground transfer as per above itinerary by private vehicle/flight.
· Professional tour guide on whole day trip in Kathmandu.
· Sightseeing and Monastery fees as per itinerary
· Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show
· All our government taxes, vat, official expenses & service charges
· Any lunch, dinner, snacks, mineral water etc. unless mentioned in the itinerary.
· Tipping (expected by guides and porters, but not mandatory)
· Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks or any other expenses of personal nature.