Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha is one of the important destinations of Nepal. More than 400,000 Buddhists and non Buddhists visit Lumbini every year. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Access to Lumbini is easy and quick. You can visit Lumbini by air and by surface transport. Direct flights from Kathmandu takes about 30 minutes to reach Bhairawa, from there it is just about 20 minutes drive to Lumbini. Visitors can take a direct bus from Kathmandu to Lumbini. The bus takes about 8 hours from Kathmandu.
Lumbini have a tropical monsoon climate. For most of the year Lumbini remains humid. Usually summer is very hot and humid. Winter starts from October and remains up to mid-February.
Places To Visit:
Ashoka pillar: One of the main sightseeing attractions in Lumbini is the pillar constructed by King Ashok in the year 259 B.C. The pillar is evidence relating to the life of Lord Buddha and also the most visible landmark of the sacred garden. It was in the gardens of Lumbini that Prince Siddhartha Gautam, who later became the Buddha, was born in 623 BC.
Maya Devi Temple: In addition to the Ashoka Pillar, Maya Devi Temple holds historical importance. The temple is situated adjacent to a sacred pool (Puskarni) and a sacred garden.
Monuments: Different countries including Myanmar, Thailand and China have built temples and monasteries depicting different sects of Buddhism.
Tilaurakot: Also known as the capital of Kapilvastu in the past, Tilaurakot lies 27 km west of Lumbini, where excavations are on to unearth the ancient palace of King Suddhodhan, father of Siddhartha Gautam.