If you are making a plan to Travel to Nepal then don’t miss to visit Lumbini; one of
the best tourist destination of Nepal which is located in the Nepalese town of
Kapilavastu, district Rupandehi and covers 4.8km in length and 1.3 km in width. It
is the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha who is the founder of Buddhism in the 7th or
6th century BC. Maya Devi gave birth to Buddha on the way to her parents’ home
in Devadaha in the month of May. You can see a variety of inscriptions, bricks, and
other evidence of Lumbini being the birthplace of Buddha, which was, rediscover
by archaeologists in 1995. They built Ashoka Pillar and confirmed the linkage of
Lumbini with Buddha. The UNESCO enlisted the Lumbini as a world heritage site
due to its history and culture in both Hindu and Buddhist community. Spring and
winter are the best time to visit Lumbini. Almost 20,000 tourists travel
Lumbini every year (Source: Nepal Tourism Board).
What are the best things to see in Lumbini?
1. Maya Devi Temple
The Maya Devi Temple is one of the major tourist attractions of Lumbini, which
is also called the “Spiritual Heart of Lumbini”. The temple is the exact spot of Buddha’s
birth, denoted by a marker stone. On the side of the Garden, you will find the pillar of
Ashokan which linkage of Lumbini with Buddha. The holy pond near the Temple is
believed that where Maya Devi bathed before giving birth to Lord Buddha.
2. Ashokan Pillar
Ashokan Pillar is another major attraction of Lumbini, which was built during
249 BC, when Emperor Ashoka of Indian visited the village of Lumbini. He built
Stupa and Pillar made an inscription where he describes his visit and the importance of
Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The pillar is surrounded by an iron fence
with colorful prayer flags. The main importance of this pillar is it holds the historical
importance of Lumbini.
3. World Peace Pagoda
It is another attraction of Lumbini, which was built by the Japanese Buddhist Monk
at the cost of US 1 Million in 1947. We can see the statue of Lord Buddha in the
position of his birth. It is in Pagoda structure with white color and Golden statue.
Here are some rules, which we have to follow while visiting Peace Pagoda:
a. Noises should be prohibited around Pagoda.
b. Throwing of paper, plastic, and rubbish randomly is not allowed.
c. Plants around Stupa shouldn’t be pulled out.
d. Smoking is strictly prohibited around the Stupa.
e. Picnics, shootings, or any other kinds of sound systems are totally banned
f. Entertainment activities like picnics, dance, playing games are totally banned
in the stupa.
g. Writing names on the walls of Stupas is not allowed.
4. Lumbini Museum
Lumbini Museum is another place where we can see the photos and artifacts from
Buddhist sites all over the world and it is directly dedicated to Buddhism. It is
exactly situated in the village of Tilaurakot, which is just 27 km west of Lumbini.
Here we can find a lot of old images, statutes, equipment that provide research
facilities for the study of Buddhism religion. It also offers replicas of the
monumental structures and artifacts of Kapilvastu and Lumbini.
Check out some of the packages offered by IME Travels which includes Lumbini.