Known as the Light of Asia, Gautam Buddha was a Philosopher, Spiritual Teacher, and Religious leader born in the Rupandehi district, Lumbini
Lumbini, the UNESCO enlisted cultural heritage site is overwhelmed by the Buddhist pilgrims from across the world. The site is surrounded by a number of monasteries built by different countries including Thailand, China, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Although the site has a number of beautiful monasteries built by different nations, the major attraction of the place still remains to be the Mayadevi temple, where Buddha was born.
Mayadevi Temple: The temple situated in the middle of the Lumbini development zone, Mayadevi temple marks the spot where Buddha's mother Mayadevi gave birth to Buddha. The ambiance of the place is maintained by the prayers flag and the serene beauty of the place. Just next to this temple is a pond and a garden. Mayadevi pond is a holy pond where Buddha took his first bath.
Ashoka Pillar: Erected by the emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century, the pillar marks the visit of the emperor to the birthplace of Buddha. It is also believed that he followed the path of Buddhism thereafter. The 6-meter tall sandstone is constructed at the side of the Mayadevi temple and is one of the major attractions of the site.
White Peace Pagoda: The early 21st-century monument, White Peace Pagoda was built by the Japanese Buddhist as a symbol of peace outside of the main compound of the site. The Pagoda looks like the dome shape of the Swayambhunath and Boudhanath and is painted white but has a statue of a golden Buddha.
Lumbini Museum: Established with an aim to preserve and conserve the artifacts from the centuries, Lumbini Museum displays 12000 artifacts including the religious manuscript, coins from the Maurya dynasty, and Terra cottas.
After visiting these sites, you will drive back to the hotel for lunch. By spending some time in the Hotel, you will visit the Ramgram Stupa.
Ramgram Stupa: It is one of the eight places where the relics of the Buddha's body was kept after his cremation. The Ramgram Stupa lies in the midst of agricultural land with wetlands surrounding the area. Among the eight different places, Ramgram stupa is one that has never been opened. With a visit to this site, you will visit the historical place Tilaurakot where Buddha spent 29 years of his life.
Completing a brief visit to these sites, you will be transferred to your hotel room in Lumbini.