Lumbini sightseeing – Sightseeing in Lumbini places to visit
Lumbini, being the birth place of Gautama Buddha is the greatest pilgrimage place for the Buddhists all over the world. Lumbini is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and every year not less than 400000 Buddhists visit Lumbini. Buddha was born at Lumbini in 623 B.C. The new born Buddha had his first bath in the sacred Puskarani Pond in Lumbini. Many countries of the world have constructed monasteries and temples in the sacred place in Lumbini where Buddha was born. According to the inscription in the Ashoka Pillar, the sacred garden in Lumbini which has a total area of 9 sq km is the exact place where Lord Buddha had his birth. The most important places in Lumbini that are visited by the pilgrims include the sacred garden, monastic zone, Mayadevi Temple, Ashok Pillar, Kapilvastu, Aroarakot, Gotihawa, Kudan, Niglihawa, Sagarhawa, Devdaha, Ramagrama, International Museum and Santi Stupa.
Prince Siddhartha Gautham, later known as Buddha was born in this sacred place. The Ashoka Pillar erected by emperor Ashoka is commemorative of the birth of Buddha. The Ashoka Pillar was erected here in 249 B.C. The exact place of birth of Buddha has been found out by way of excavations.
The sacred garden in Lumbini consists of many monuments. In the monastic zones, different countries have constructed temples and monasteries in their traditional styles. The Myanmar temple, The International Gautami Nuns temple and the Chinese temple, the Korean temple and the Japanese Peace Stupa of this place are very famous.
The Mayadevi Temple is erected exactly at the spot where the infant Buddha was born. Queen Mayadevi, mother of Buddha had taken bath in the Puskarani Pond just before the birth of Buddha.
The Ashoka Pillars at many sacred places reveal various facts about Buddha as well as Buddhism. These are series of columns that were inscribed in 3rd century BC by Emperor. All the pillars are uniformly made and each pillar weighs around 50 tons. The pillars are 40 – 50 feet tall.
Kapilavastu is a famous archeological site near Lumbini. Lord Buddha spent his childhood days in Kapilavastu. At that time it was a flourishing town. The archeologists could find the ruins of the place where Buddha spent his initial years. All the Buddhists who visit Lumbini make it a point to visit Kapilavastu.
Gautama Buddha spent his childhood days in Kapilavastu. Aroarakot is the place in Kapilavastu which is rectangular in shape and this place is closely related to the childhood days of Gautama Buddha.
Gotihawa is a small village in Lumbini where one can see one Ashoka Pillar in a slab. The pillar is so old that its upper part is already lost. The lower part of the pillar is still strong and there is a stupa also which is made of Mauriyan bricks.
King Suddhodhana met Gautama Buddha at Kudan for the first time after his enlightenment. At Kudan, the special Kasaya cloth was presented to Buddha and he presented the special clothes to his son Rahul.
Niglihawa is the birth place of Kanakamani Buddha. The remains of a broken Asoka Pillar can be seen here also.
Sagarhawa is 12 km away from Tulihawa. The Shakyas were massacred by the invading country and Sagarhawa is the place where the massacre took place.
Devdaha is about 35 km away from Lumbini. Since the maternal house of Mayadevi was in Devdaha, Siddharta Buddha spent some days in Devdaha also during his childhood.
Ramagrama is a stupa in Lumbini that is made of bricks. This stupa is 7m high and is mounted on the banks of the River Jharahi. One of the eight relics of Lord Buddha is kept in this stupa.
At the international museum in Lumbini coins, manuscripts, stones and metal sculptures are preserved. Here, the visitors can also see an extensive collection of stamps. The Lumbini international research institute is situated opposite to the international museum.
The world peace pagoda (Shanti Stupa) was built in the year 2001. While this stupa symbolizes world peace it is also built as a tribute to the birth place of Lord Buddha. Just like lord Buddha, the Shanti Stupa inspires people to live peacefully and in harmony. There is a beautiful statue of Buddha in the stupa. The grave of a Buddhist monk makes the base of this pagoda. The monk was murdered by a group of anti-Buddhist people.
Lumbini sightseeing itinerary
7:15 A.M: Wake up, freshen up
7:30 AM: Breakfast at hotel
8:20 A.M: Agency representative introduce with city guide and briefing about upcoming sightseeing program at hotel by the tour guide.
8:45 AM: Drive to Mayadevi temple, Pushkarini, Ashoka pillar, Lumbini garden, monastic zone Shanti stupa, international museum, peace flame etc. in between sightseeing in Lumbini short break about 45 minute for lunch.
4:45 PM: Drive back to Hotel
Given schedule of Lumbini sightseeing tours designed to combine all prominent places to visit in Lumbini, to visit all sightseeing spots of Lumbini area related with Buddhism require minimum 3 days, in given itinerary only covered major attractions of the Lumbini. If you would like to visit all places in Lumbini let us to know we are happy to organize a private trip according to your desire.