Lumbini is situated about 350 km south west of Kathmandu. This place is famous because Lord Buddha was born here in 560 B.C. Lumbinī is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi District of Province No. 5 in Nepal. It is the place where, according to Buddhist tradition, Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 560 BCE. The actual location is marked by the poignant Maya Devi Temple, named after the Buddha’s mother. Its origins date back over two millennia.
An international archaeology team reports unearthing the exact location of Buddha’s birth, which is now visited yearly by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every year.
Sites in the Garden include:
The temple of Mayadevi located close to the Ashoka pillar. The statue of Mayadevi is made out of the stone which is believed to be 2000 years old. People worship Mayadevi as well as Rupadevi here.
To the south of Mayadevi temple lies Puskar pond where Mayadevi took a bath before giving birth to Buddha. Buddha also took a purifying bath in the same pond.
The whole area of Lumbini is considered as a garden. Many monasteries have been built through the help of different countries like Thailand, Srilanka, Korea, Myanmar, Cambodia, China, Germany and Japan .
The whole area of Lumbini Garden is going to be converted in to the International Center for Buddhist pilgrimage and studies.
Each monastery is unique, most reflecting the architecture of the parent country. Some are completed and many still under construction.
Our tour will include visiting many monasteries via rented bicycle.