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Tour Destination: lumbini tour
Duration: 2/3 & more days with city/safari tour including
Activities: Cultural tour
Minimum altitude: 400m
Maximum altitude:1348m
Trip starts/Ends: In Kathmandu (Capital of Nepal)
Accommodation: All accommodation on BB plan
Meals includes: Breakfast in Kathmandu du and by Car, Van, Hiace and bus in Kathmandu as per group size.
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Lumbini Tour

As the birthplace of the Lord Buddha - the apostle of peace and the light of Asia was born in 623 BC - the sacred area of Lumbini is one of the holiest places of one of the world's great religions, and its remains contain important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centres from a very early period. Lumbini, in the South-Western Terai of Nepal, evokes a kind of holy sentiment to the millions of Buddhists all over the world, like Jerusalem to Christians and Mecca to Muslims.
Lumbini is the place where the Buddha, known as the Tathagata, was born. It is the place which should be visited and seen by a person of devotion and which should cause awareness and apprehension of the nature of impermanence. The site and its surrounding area is endowed with a rich natural setting of domesticable fauna and favourable agricultural environ. Historically, the region is an exquisite treasure-trove of ancient ruins and antiquities, dating back to the pre-Christian era. The site, described as a beautiful garden in the Buddha's time, still retains its legendary charm and beauty.
The birthplace of the Gautama Buddha, Lumbini, is one of the four holy places of Buddhism. It is said in the Parinibbana Sutta that Buddha himself identified four places of future pilgrimage: the sites of his birth, Enlightenment, First Discourse, and death. All these events happened outside in nature under trees. There is no particular significance in this, other than it perhaps explains why Buddhists have always respected the environment and natural law.
Lumbini is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas in modern Nepal. In the Buddha's time, Lumbini was a beautiful garden full of green and shady sal trees (Shorea robusta ). The garden and its tranquil environs were owned by both the Shakyas and the clans. King Suddhodana, father of Gautama Buddha, was of the Shakya dynasty and belonged to the Kshatriya (warrior caste). Maya Devi, his mother, gave birth to the child on her way to her parent's home in Devadaha while resting in Lumbini under a sal tree in the month of May, 642 BC. The beauty of Lumbini is described in Pali and Sanskrit literature. Maya Devi, it is said, was spellbound to see the natural grandeur of Lumbini. While she was standing, she felt labour pains and catching hold of a drooping branch of a sal tree, she gave birth to a baby, the future Buddha.
In 249 BC, when the Indian Emperor Ashoka visited Lumbini, it was a flourishing village. Ashoka constructed four stupas and a stone pillar with a figure of a horse on top. The stone pillar bears an inscription, which in translation runs as follows: 'King Piyadasi (Ashoka), beloved of devas, in the 20th year of the coronation, himself made a royal visit, Buddha Sakyamuni having been born here; a stone railing was built and a stone pillar erected to the Bhagavan having been born here, Lumbini village was taxed reduced and entitled to the eight part (only)'.
Lumbini remained neglected for centuries. In 1895, Feuhrer, a famous German archaeologist, discovered the great pillar while wandering about the foothills of the Churia range. Further exploration and excavation of the surrounding area revealed the existence of a brick temple and sandstone sculpture within the temple itself, which depicts the scenes of the Buddha's birth.
It is pointed out by scholars that the temple of Maya Devi was constructed over the foundations of more than one earlier temple or stupa, and that this temple was probably built on an Ashokan stupa itself. To the south of the Maya Devi temple there is the famous sacred bathing pool known as Puskarni. It is believed that Maya Devi took a bath in this pool before the delivery. By the side of the Ashoka pillar a river which flows south-east and is locally called the Ol. In 1996, an archaeological dig unearthed a 'flawless stone' placed there by Ashoka in 249 BC to mark the precise location of the Buddha's birth more than 2,600 years ago. if authenticated, the find will put Lumbini even more prominently on the map for millions of religious pilgrims.
Ashoka Pillar
Around the corner was the Ashoka Pillar that marked Lumbini as the site of Buddha's birth. Inside a brick building was a stone slab and bricks, upon which Buddha was born, as the story goes. A long line of Nepalis, Tibetans, Thais, and others slowly passed the stone slab. Everyone rubbed the brick mortar then rubbed the old mortar on their foreheads, like a tikka.
The Lumbini complex stretched for miles, from the Ashoka Pillar in the south to the Peace Pagoda to the north. In the middle was an Eternal Flame, lit since 1986. It was wondered how they kept it "eternal" through the heavy rains of the monsoon. They probably wouldn't tell us if the eternal flame extinguished for the night.
Maya Devi Temple
Only recently archeologist have found a commemorative stone atop a platform of seven layers of bricks five meters below where the temple once stood, that was demolished to make way for the dig in 1993. Buddhist scripts say Ashoka placed a stone on top of the bricks on the birth place of Lord Buddha
In Hindu tradition, a pregnant woman returns to her homeland to give birth. The year was 563 B.C.E. Maha Devi, wife of king Suddhodana of the Sakya Kingdom, headed north to her home but entered into labor on the way, in the flower gardens and Sal forests of Lumbini. Prior to giving birth, she bathed in Puskarni, a sacred pool.
Sambar Deer
In between the temples were large pools, wetlands, grasslands, and forests, home to deer, fox and many species of birds, including the auspicious and rare Saurus Crane.
Peace Pagoda at Lumbini
On the way, many young Nepalis were walking the trails. Dozens of them wanted their picture with me, which was surprising, as usually they weren't interested. By the end of the day, after posing with an outrageous amount of people it became clear: today I had let my hair down and they all thought I looked like Kurt Cobain. "I love Kurt Cobain," said one young man. Ironic...that Kurt, a twisted yet brilliant mind who allegedly wasted his life with a shotgun, named his band Nirvana. And here I was at the birthplace of the Buddha.

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Service Includes in the cost in details:Lumbini tour

 

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car.
  • All accmmodation in during a tour on BB plan.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)for you.
  • Necessary permitAn experienced Government licensed holder guide.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
  • Ground transportation by Bus,car,van as per group size (flight according to tour booking)
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).

Service Excludes in the cost in details:lumbini tour

  • Your Travel insurance,Heli rescue 

  • International airfare and airport departure tax.

  • Nepal entry visa fee.

  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory).

  • All kind drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)

  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.

  • Personal Equipments

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