6 Day Tour of Kathmandu and Lumbini
On this trip we want to welcome you to the land of peace and multiculturalism, Nepal. Discover the harmony of Buddhism and Hinduism as you explore Kathmandu and Lumbini.
Visiting here you will absorb a relaxing atmosphere of tranquility of around the world. Destinations and the life of the Buddha, His birth place, place of his enlightenment and his teachings. Pick any of the Pilgrimage packages and start your spiritual journey. The great Ashoka pillar, sacred pond, Temple of lords, Maya Devi temple and remains of Old monastery in Lumbini can fascinate you completely. In the Buddha’s time, Lumbini was a park situated in Kapilavastu Nepal. It was in Lumbini that the Buddha was born. A pillar now marks the spot of Asoka’s visit to Lumbiní. According to an inscription on the pillar, it was placed there by the people then in charge of the park to commemorate Asoka’s visit and gifts. The park was previously known as Rummindei, two miles north of Bhagavanpura. In the Sutta Nipáta (vs. 683) it is stated that the Buddha was born in a village of the Sákyans, in the Lumbineyya Janapada. The Buddha stayed in Lumbinívana during his visit to Devadaha and there preached the Devadaha Sutta.
Places to See in Lumbini:
Mayadevi: The Mayadevi temple is the most important temple among the ancient heritages located within the Lumbini garden. The temple houses ancient idol of Mayadevi, the Birth Marker Stone and the ruins from 3rd century BC to 7th century BC. The interior of the temple has a heavenly peaceful environment that brings to life the clairvoyance from ancient time. Tourists love to take photographs of the treasure trove of the ancient artifacts. It takes 10 to 15 minutes on foot and 5 minutes by rickshaw to reach the Mayadevi temple from the main entrance of Lumbini.
Ashok Pllar: The Ashok Pillar located within the Lumbini garden is regarded as an important historical heritage. Famous Maurya emperor Ashok of Magadh in India had ordered the pillar to be erected in 249 BC while on a pilgrimage following the advice of his spiritual teacher Upagupta. Emperor Ashok had erected the pillar along with a stone table that has inscription saying “Shakyamuni Buddha was born here”. The pillar and the inscription stand as a testament of Lumbini being the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The Ashok Pillar has proven to the world that Lord Buddha was born in Nepal. The Pillar stands adjacent of the Mayadevi Temple.
Holy Pushkirini Lake: Prior to giving birth to Lord Buddha, his mother Mayadevi had taken a bath in the sacred Pushkirini Lake situated near the Ashok Pillar to the south. The ancient lake is a major attraction for tourists. It is traditionally believed that Lord Buddha was bathed with the water from the same lake after his birth.
Birth Marker Stone: The Stone Marker of Lord Buddha’s birth place is preserved within the Mayadevi Temple enclosed in a glass box. The marker stone precisely marks the birth place of Lord Buddha. The marker stone was unearthed in 1996 AD during an archeological excavation.
Lumbini Museum: A museum has also been established at the Lumbini garden to preserve the historical artifacts like clothes, coins, idols and other items related to Buddhism unearthed during excavations carried out around Lumbini in different times. Tourists can view these artifacts in the museum for study and research. The museum is frequently visited by those seeking information about Buddha. The museum is at a 10 to 15 minutes walking distance from the Eternal Peace Flame.
Idol of Mayadevi: The 3 feet tall idol of Mayadevi carved on a stone tablet is estimated to have been originated in the 4th century. The idol is located in the sanctum of the Mayadevi Temple. The carved figure over the stone tablet has however eroded and the carved figures have been obscured. The idol is also known as the Birth Idol as it depicts the birth of Lord Buddha. The idol shows Mayadevi leaning to a tree while giving birth and there are two heavenly messengers waiting to receive Buddha. Figure of infant Buddha is at the center of the idol.
World Peace Stupa: The World Peace Stupa was constructed at Lumbini to spread the message of peace, friendship and goodwill in the world and to raise awareness to keep the earth pure and clean. The 41.5 m tall stupa is one of the major attractions of Lumbini. The stupa was constructed as part of the campaign by Japanese Buddhist preacher Fujing to construct World Peace Stupa in different parts of world. It takes 40 to50 minutes on foot and 25 minutes on rickshaw to reach the World Peace Stupa from Mayadevi Temple. Very few tourists arriving at Lumbini miss a visit to the World Peace Stupa. The heavenly serene atmosphere around the stupa and the attractive pieces of art that adorn the Stupa entice the visitors.
World Peace Flame: The eternal World Peace Flame is a major attraction of the Lumbini garden located at the center of the garden. Tourists flock to observe the flame that is kept glowing uninterrupted 24 hours a day. The flame was lighted on 1st November, 1986 AD by the then Prince Gyanendra Shah. The flame that represents peace and fraternity in the world was brought from the United States of America as part of the celebration of the International Peace Year. The eternal flame can be reached at the end of a 10 minute walk from the Mayadevi Temple.
Tilaurakot: Tilaurakot was the capital of the ancient Kapilvastu state of the Shakya dynasty. The site is important both historically and religiously. Siddartha Gautam had spent 29 yrs of his early life here. The archeologically important ruins of the eastern and western gates from 2nd to 4th centuries BC of the town can still be seen. Tilaurakot is located 25 km west of Lumbini. There is a road to Taulihawa from Lumbini’s Parsha a 5 km rickshaw ride from Taulihawa will take to Tilaurakot. There is however no facility of accommodation in Tiluarakot, Kudan, Niglihawa, gothihawa, Sangrahawa, Devdaha are other important sites associated with Siddartha Gautam life.
Kudan: There are many historical sites around Lumbini and Kapilvastu associated with the life of Lord Buddha. Kudan is also one of such sites. This is the place where according to a popular belief, Lord Buddha met his father King Shuddhodan when he returned after attainment of Enlightment. The place is located about 5 km south of Tilaurakot.
Devdaha: Devdaha the birthplace of Lord Buddha’s mother Mayadevi and consort Yasudhara is located at Rupandehi district. The region 56 km east of Lumbini was the capital of the Koliya rulers. There is a popular belief that Lord Buddha had visited the place 7 years after attaining enlightenment. Most tourist visiting Lumbini also visit Devdaha.
Sangrahawa: The Sangrahawa region that witnessed the massacre of thousands of Shakyas in the ancient time is an important historical site of Kapilvastu district. The region represents a dark chapter of the history. The site is littered with ancient ruins and there is also a pond nearby. Sangrahawa is located 12 km north of Taulihawa.
Lumbini is the place where Lord Buddha was born, so it is an important Buddhist destination having religious treasures of stupas and temples.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport and our representative assists you and transfer to hotel and the rest of time will be for leisure and overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley
After breakfast our tour guide will take you for a half day valley sightseeing which includes Kathmandu Durbar Square, the place of the Malla and the Shah Kings of Nepal, visiting Kumari Temple, house of the virgin goddess, visiting Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), a stupa on the top of the hill – from where you can overlook the scenery of Kathmandu Valley.
Day 3: Kathmandu – Lumbini (45 mins)
After breakfast, transfer to domestic airport to fly to Bhairahawa. On arrival at airport transfer to hotel, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, where has been revered as the place of holy pilgrimage. Lumbini has been included as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Day 4: Sightseeing of Lumbini
After breakfast, visit the important archaeological site, Tilaurkot, the ancient palace of King Suddodha (Siddhartha Gautam’s father), where the Buddha spent his formative years as a Shakya Prince. Allow yourself for a moment to wander around and soak the atmosphere. The Kapilvastu Museum; the pottery, jewelry and ornaments are gathered in-house. End up the remarkable tour in Tilaurkot by visiting the shrines, monasteries and stupa near the sacred garden.
Day 5: Lumbini – Kathmandu (45 mins)
After breakfast, fly back to Kathmandu. Check-in at hotel and the rest of the day is free for leisure activities and at evening farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant with cultural show and overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Kathmandu: Departure Day
Our team will drop you to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure.
Namaste & we hope see you again soon!
Cost, Includes and Excludes
- All ground transfers as per our itinerary (Airport Pickup and Drop).
- Accommodation - Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis with twin sharing basis.
- Kathmandu- Lumbini - Kathmandu airfare. All entrance fees at Kathmandu and Lumbini.
- Transportation by luxury private vehicle.
- Experienced tour guide.
- International Airfares and airport departure taxes as applicable.
- Meals - Lunch and Dinner
- The cost of personal items like laundry & all kind of soft & hard drinks
- Travel visas and travel insurance.