Lumbini tour concentrates on the life of The Buddha (Prince Siddhartha) found in his birthplace. While it is a leisurely visit in one hand, in the other hand it shows the colossal archaeological triumph of humanity. There are 62 archaeological sites in Lumbini alone that they give evidence to occasions as major parts of Buddha’s life.
Kathmandu to Lumbini tour is a visual guide to Buddha’s life and observation of the roots of Buddhism. It incorporates visit to seven different locales outside Lumbini. In addition, you get to know about lifestyle, culture and tradition of people living in the Terai region.
Lumbini is the most important section of Buddha Circuit tour in Nepal. It is so because Lumbini is the place from where Buddhism was begun from! To customize this tour, Kathmandu Chitwan Lumbini tour can also be booked via Orbit Alpine Adventure.
You can do Lumbini tour after or before visiting Chitwan National Park. After visiting the birthplace of Lord Buddha, you can plan for Palpa and Pokhara City Tour as well. You need around 2 more days to explore all the touristic sites of the Lake City.
Then, you can also extend this day tour to Bandipur, the Queen of the Hills and Historical Gorkha Tour. Whether to cut short or extend Buddhist pilgrimage tour depends upon the vacation and budget you have to spend while in Nepal.
A Short Introduction of Gautam Buddha
Gautama Buddha was born Siddhartha Gautam in Lumbini in 563 B.C. in present-day Rupandehi district of Nepal. Siddhartha’s mother Mayadevi was heading to visit her parents in Devdaha. As she decided to take a short pause in Lumbini, she gave birth to her child. To her utter surprise, the baby strolled three steps promptly after birth.
According to the legend, she was delighted to see his brilliant face. In the mean while, lotuses and water were poured from the sky upon the extraordinary activity of the baby. That day, it is believed, was the day Mayadevi knew her son would become great for ages to come.
Siddhartha Gautama earned the title of “The Buddha” (which means the ‘enlightened one’). He lived a princely life in his dad Suddodhana’s kingdom for a long time. In order to make his son a great ruler, King Suddhodhana attempted his best to draw his child into worldly pleasure.
Therefore, he wed his son at an early age and built an enormous divider around the royal residence. One day, eventually, Siddhartha Gautama saw the sufferings and tragedies of human life: death, poverty and old age. Then, he surrendered the rich life and became a monk. Following quite a while of meandering, contemplation and meditation, he accomplished enlightenment and ultimately became the founder of Buddhism.
Major Sites to Visit in Lumbini Tour
Lumbini is extended in an area of 4.8 km 1.6 km in Rupendehi district of Nepal. It is one of the 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Nepal. It was enlisted in the list in 1997 AD for its cultural and archaeological importance. There are many sites which are archaeologically important and worthy of visiting while in Lumbini Tour.
The major sites of Lumbini are:
- Maya Devi Temple
- Ashoka Pillar
- International Peace Park
- Kudan (Nyigrpdharma Park)
- Lumbini MuseumI
If you want to visit all the sites leisurely, this Lumbini tour itinerary should be extended. For this, you can consult with us before or while booking the trip or even in the middle of the trip.
1. How many days in Lumbini should I spend to visit all the landmarks?
In fact, to visit all the major attractions of Lumbini, you should at least spend 3 days. For example, the Ashoka Pillar is located around 22 km northwest of Lumbini while Tilaurakot is 24 km away from Lumbini. There are tens of monasteries built by different countries in reverence to Lord Buddha and Buddhism.
2. What typical food is found in Lumbini?
You will find all types of food items from the typical Nepali food to continental dishes. As Buddha advocates non-violence, only non-veg items are found here.
3. When is the best time for Lumbini Tour?
You can make Lumbini tour throughout the year as it lies the Terai region. However, the heavy rainfall in summer and poor visibility, it may not be favourable to visit this shrine. The best time for Lumbini tour is spring and autumn as the weather and temperature remain favourable. Moreover, if you make this tour on the full moon day of Baishak, you can observe the Buddha Jayanti (birth, enlightenment and death).
4. How can you reach Lumbini from Kathmandu?
You can reach from Kathmandu to Lumbini by driving or flying. It is nearly 321 kilometers between these two historical cities. It takes about 8 hours to drive via a tourist bus or private jeep. If you want to fly, it takes 35 minutes to reach Bhairahawa Airport from the Kathmanu Airport. From there, you can reach in 30 minutes by driving along the blacktopped road.
5. Why should I visit Lumbini?
First of all, Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. There are many cultural and archaeological landmarks worthy of visiting. Besides, the lifestyle, culture and tradition of the Terai region can also seen during this tour.