Lumbini , the hallowed birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam and the ultimate Budhha – the enlightened one, the fountain of world peace, lies in Rupendehi district in southern – terai, Nepal. It is 315 km far from Kathmandu and takes 8-9 hours by bus. It is believed that Mayadevi – the spouse of Shakya king Suddodhan – gave birth to Siddhartha near Puskarini pond in the middle of Sal forest on the day of Baisakh Purnima (Full Moon Day) in 623 B.C. Buddhists’ literatures mention that the newly born Siddhartha took seven steps and uttered epoch making message to the suffering humanity immediately after his birth. Lumbini is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular pilgrimage for Buddhists all over the world.
The site identified by the Commemorative pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka. The Ashoka pillar bears an inscription that authenticates Lumbini as the place where the Buddha was born.
According to the Lumbini Master Plan, the area is divided into three areas – Sacred Garden, monastic Zone and Lumbini Village – sprawled over 1 square mile each. There are different archaeological sites around Lumbini like Tilaurakot, Kudan, Ramagrama, Niglihawa and others.
There are other important places related to Buddha and his activities, as an archeological sites are: Tilaurakot,Niglihawa,Sagarhawa, and Aroarakot.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to hotel
Day 02:Sightseeing of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley
Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Lumbini, 315 km, 10 hrs by bus. Or flight (35 min.) to Bhairahawa
Day 04:Sightseeing around Lumbini, and back to hotel
Day 05:Drive back to Kathmandu, 10 hours by bus. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu
Day 06:Transfer to the Airport
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to hotelUpon your arrival in Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu, our representative from Himkala Adventure greets and transfers you to hotel at Thamel. Thamel is 5 km west from airport, a touristic destination where you see the blending of architectural things duo modern and medieval. The cozy restaurants, cyber cafes, bakery shops, souvenir shops of handicrafts, textiles products on the fancy shops, the incense selling shops, and the street musicians recreate you a lot. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 02Sightseeing of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley After breakfast, we begin our sightseeing from Swoyambhunath. It is believed that it is a ‘self created land’. Swoyambhunath is lovingly called the monkey temple as there are many monkeys from rhesus macaque species. These golden monkeys are found everywhere in the conical shaped hill.This is the power point of Bajrayana Buddhists. The old stupa with five dhyani Buddhas has dominated the square. There are other monasteries, Harati Temple and the five different places dedicated to five elements from the nature. After this, we drive about 2 and half kilometers to Kathmandu Durbar Square, full of life activities in the square. There are many Hindu temples where the pilgrimages are found worshiping, celebrating, and performing ritual activities. The Basantapur Square is found full of souvenirs items displaying varieties of handicraft things. The old section of Nine Storied Palace seems elegant with intricate wooden work. The neo classical building built in 1907 is the architecture brought from National Museum of Britain. There are Jagannath Temple, Hippies Temple and Narayan Temple standing in the straight line with many stairs. They have been demolished by the massive earthquake of 2015 but the restoration is being carried on. The Nasal Chowk inside the Hanuman Dhoka used for the coronation in the Shah rule. The other chowks like Lohan Chowk, Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk are equally worth visiting. After exploring the square premises, we proceed to Boudhanath Stupa, 7 km far from there. Boudhanath Stupa is one of the greatest stupas in the world. The stupa is built in Nepali architecture but there is Tibetan influence. It was built in 5th century by king Manadev. It is said that it took 2555 days to complete this stupa. There is minor damage on the top of this stupa due to earthquake 2015. People come to visit and walk around before they go climbing mountains, excursions and after their success as well. The fourth place we visit is Pashupatinath Temple, just 2 km away from Boudhanath. It is holy temple of Hindus, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Pashupati area is very spacious, occupied 264 hectors of land. The golden roof temple is on the bank of holy river Bagmati. We can see the cremation ghat, ritual bathers, priests, half naked Sadhus smearing ashes on their bodies and the golden monkeys on the site. After the tour, we return back to hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Lumbini, 315 km, 10 hrs by bus. Or flight (35 min.) to Bhairahawa There are regular flights from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa (also called Siddhartha Nagar), the nearest town to Lumbini, which takes about 35 minutes. From Bhairahawa airport to Lumbini is 22 km. The 315 km distance by road from Kathmandu to Lumbini on day or night buses takes about 10 hours. We can get rickshaws, taxis, tempos and local buses to travel in the local area. Overnight at Lumbini
Day 04Sightseeing around Lumbini, and back to hotel We can begin our visit walking around the Lumbini cultural site where there is Lumbini museum containing ancient coins, religious monuments, terra-cotta fragments, and stone and metal sculptors. After this, we can walk through Theravada Monastic Zone. There are Thai Monastery, Lankan Monastery constructed by the Government of Celon, and Nepal Vipassana Center. Then, we can visit around Sacred Garden where there are Maya Devi Temple, The Nativity Sculptor, The Marker Stone, The Puskarini Pond, Ashokan Pillar, Group of Stupas, and Mahendra Stambha. We finally visit the western lane of Mahayana Monastic zones where there arePanditaram Myanmar Temple, Dharmodaya Sabha, Manang Stupa, Korean Monastery, China Temple, Vietnamese Monastery, Japanese Monastery, Ladakh Monastery, and German Monasteries.If we have time, we can tour to New Lumbini Village where there are World Peace Stupa, Crane Sanctuary and Wetland Garden on the western side. After the great tour around Lumbini, we return back to hotel. Overnight at Lumbini
Day 05Drive back to Kathmandu, 10 hours by bus. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu by the same highway. If you would like to extend your tour, there is Chitwan National Park, the best place to visit or if you still like for the another pilgrimage site to visit, we can take you to Devghat. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 06Transfer to the Airport Your 4 days Lumbini Tour ends today. We depart you in the Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. We could help you guiding the bustling local market for buying some dainty gifts for your family, relatives, friends, if not; we escort you to the airport. Finally we leave the airport wishing your happy and safe journey to the next destination. Namaste!!!
I visited Nepal in November 2015. Himkala Adventure was recommended by my friend who was guided by Shiva last year. My 7 days round trip to Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, and…...
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