Lumbini is world famous as the birthplace of Lord Gautama Buddha and has been inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage list.
Ashok pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka in 245 BC, Puskarani Pond where Buddha’s mother Maya Devi bathed, Maya Devi Temple and the nativity stone are important artifacts associated with the life of Buddha.
Today Lumbini is being developed as an international Buddhist pilgrimage centre, featuring eternal flame, Sarus crane sanctuary and monasteries built by 13 different countries. The 2015 earthquake barely registered any impact on the site.
How to get there?
Deluxe as well as local buses are available from Gongabu bus station in Kathmandu that directly go to Lumbini. Buses usually leave early morning and the total journey takes about 9 hours. Buses also leave from Pokhara to Lumbini every day.
Bhairawa, a city in Southern Nepal, also operates direct bus service to Lumbini.
For those wishing a more comfortable journey, you can catch a direct flight to Lumbini from Kathmandu.
Getting Around: There are manual three – wheelers to get around the Lumbini complex.
Climate: Temperature 40 degree Celsious maximum, 7 degree minimum. The rainy season lasts June – September.
Entrance Fees: 200 NPR per person / per entry
Additional Fees: 50 NPR per person/ per entry to Lumbini museum