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Lumbini Tour – 08 Days

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8 Days

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Daily Tour

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15 people

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Overview

Lumbini is the ultimate pilgrimage for every Buddhist – The Star of Asia and symbol of peace.

Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini while his mother was on her way to her parental home from Kapilvastu. He was born during the full moon day in the month of Baisakh in 623 B.C and is believed to have been born under a Saal tree (Shorea Robusta) when Maya Devi (his mother) was going to her maternal town on the occasion of the delivery.  After his birth, Buddha took seven steps towards north, which is now shown as seven lotus flowers and looking in all directions, he declared that “I am the foremost of all creatures to cross the middle of the ocean of the existence, this is my last birth and hereafter, I will not be born again”.

This newly born Hindu Prince named Siddhartha had supernatural birth signs, which indicated that the newborn child will bring deliverance to the world. Ascetic (Rishis) warned the king that the boy might renounce the world anytime if he happens to come across, the diseased, an old man, dead body or the ascetic.
The king, alarmed to hear this, married Prince Siddhartha at an early age and almost imprisoned him in pleasure palaces, providing therein all kinds of enjoyments so he will be happy and stay there. However, the prophecy came true and he became The Buddha.

Lumbini should be visited and be seen by devotees, as it is the being of one of the four holy places of Buddhism.
The other sites are Boudhagaya, Kushinagar, and Sarnath in India.

Lumbini is situated in Nepal in the foot hills of the Himalayas about

  •  22 kilometers from Bhairahawa.
  • 230 kilometers from Kathmandu.
  • 122 kilometers from Gorakhpur city in Uttar Pradesh, India.
  • 181 kilometers from Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh.
  • 240 kilometers from Sravasti of Uttar Pradesh in North India.

ATTRACTIONS IN AND AROUND LUMBINI

The birth place itself is interesting as a whole with its landscapes and the green forestry. Maya Devi Temple, the Stupas and the Pillar built by great King Ashoka alone are worth a visit.
Recently, several beautiful shrines have been constructed by devotees from all over the world.
A visit to Lumbini is not only for spiritual enlightenment but also for solace and satisfaction that one gets in such a calm and peaceful place.

MAYA DEVI TEMPLE

  •  In 1895, Fuehrer, a famous German archaeologist, discovered the great pillar and further explorations and excavations of the surrounding areas revealed the existence of a brick temple and a sandstone sculpture within the temple itself which represents the scenes of Buddha’s birth.
  • On 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.
  • The temple was built gradually and is composed of many Buddhist temples.

THE ASHOKAN PILLAR was inscribed and essentially erected by Ashoka in 249 BC.

• The inscription on the pillar (the oldest in Nepal) declares that Ashoka granted Lumbini tax-free status in honor of Buddha’s birth. It is 6meters high and half of it is beneath the ground. It is behind the Maya Devi Temple, and to the west of the temple.

THE BUDDHIST MONASTERY was built the modern way but is quite important in shedding a light in relation to the architecture on the walls. The middle hall contains some exquisite murals resembling the medieval periods’.

EXCURSIONS TOUR FROM LUMBINI

KAPILVASTU – A holy destination related deeply with the life of the Lord Buddha.
Kapilvastu is the place where Lord Buddha lived his childhood and the days of teenage years, in complete luxury. The capital of King Shuddhodhan, Kapilvastu still carries with it the mystic charm. It houses many sculptures of Buddhism, which presents a landscape before visitors which makes them feel calm and content. Kapilvastu carries the visitors away to the ancient days when Buddha was a small child and a prince.
The place is situated 27 kilometers south of Lumbini.

HOW TO GET TO LUMBINI?

FLIGHT
• Bhairahawa is the nearest airport, 22 kilometers which is well connected to Kathmandu airport.
RAIL
• Gorakhpur, India, is the nearest railhead, 122 kilometers from Lumbini.
ROAD
• A good motorable road connects Bhairahawa to Lumbini and also other important cities in Nepal.

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Itinerary

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DAY 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal

Our representative of Earthbound Expeditions will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and he will be displaying an Earthbound Expeditions signboard. You will then be transferred to your hotel and the remaining day shall be a rest day. Breakfast included. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 2: Sightseeing of Kathmandu

After you’ve had your breakfast, you’ll go sightseeing of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan Durbar Square. Breakfast included. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 3: Drive to Pokhara

We head to Pokhara early in the morning which is 200 kms west of Kathmandu and takes 6-7 hours in a tourist bus. The drive takes you through the serpentine roads with a dazzling view of the rivers and a Himalayan background. At Pokhara, you’ll be enchanted by the natural beauty it has to offer as you boat in the famous Fewa Lake while looking at the snowcapped Macchapuchre. Visit the temple of Tal Barahi and discover the secrets of the majestic Davis Falls. Breakfast included. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 4: Drive to Sarangkot

You must abide by the proverb ‘Early bird catches the worm’, if you want to see the magnificent sunrise in Sarangkot. The morning rays hitting the snowy peaks of Annapurna and Macchapuchre gives it a slight hint of gold. It is located 10.1 kms from Pokhara. After returning from there, the remaining day will be spent on visiting different locations in Pokhara that include Bindhabasini Temple and Gupteshwor Cave. Breakfast included. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 5: Drive to Lumbini.

Today drive to Lumbini from Pokhara which is 168.9 km via the Siddhartha Rajmarg. The scenic drive transforms from emerald hills, flowing rivers to flat plains and hot climate. Upon arrival transfer to Hotel. Lumbini is the focal point for Buddhists all over the world as it is the birthplace of the founder of Buddhism, Gautam Buddha. Thousands of tourists visit this religious site to pay homage to the Lord. Travelers are bound to be amazed by the ancient ruins, articrafts and temples located in this area. Breakfast included. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 6: Sightseeing in Lumbini

Prepare yourself as you explore the land that Gautam Buddha walked on and witness the same sceneries that Buddha witnessed but with a twist of modernization. Head towards the Mayadevi temple and pay regards to the mother of Buddha. Lumbini consists of many excavation sites. Ruins of the once magnificent city still remain there. Other important landmarks include the Myanmar Golden Temple, World Peace Pagoda, various monasteries and the ancient Ashoka Pillar with inscriptions clearly validating the fact that Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Breakfast included. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 7: Drive back to Kathmandu

Today head back to Kathmandu. The drive takes approximately 8 hours and covers a total of 272 kms via the East West Highway. The drive maybe long but the beautiful landscape makes up for it. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, if you have the energy then don’t forget to shop for souvenirs. Enjoy your last night in Nepal by tasting the delicious cuisine while attending a cultural show. Breakfast and Dinner included. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 8: Airport drive for final departure

The trip concludes. Our representatives will drop you at the international airport for your final departure from Nepal. Breakfast included.

Included/Excluded

  • City sightseeing with maps and guide
  • Overland transportation by bus / car
  • All accommodation on BB
  • Nepali dinner with cultural show
  • Airport transfers on arrivals / departures flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Airfare from & to Kathmandu
  • Visa fees, city entrance fees
  • Tips to guides, lunch and dinner
  • All personal expenses

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