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Lumbini Visit Tour

Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the apostle of peace. Regarded as the world’s most important Buddhist pilgrimage center, Lumbini lies about 250 km from Kathmandu, in the southern plains of Nepal.
Recent archaeological surveys have led to the discovery of Mayadevi Pond (where Mayadevi bathed before giving birth to Buddha), Nativity Stone (the exact spot where Buddha was born), Ashoka Pillar (erected by the Ashoka emperor as a tribute to Budhha’s birthplace) and numerous palatial remains of what was once a vibrant kingdom of the Shakyas. Lumbini is being preserved amidst a setting of rich natural biodiversity and pristine wildlife. Cranes and spotted deer are some of the unique flagship species of Lumbini.

Because of historical, cultural, natural and archaeological significance, Lumbini has been inducted into World Heritage Site list by UNESCO.

Today Lumbini has become an international spiritual center for both Buddhist pilgrims and tourists of varied faiths. Lumbini Master Plan, which is currently being implemented, envisages the construction of the entire Lumbini area into an international center of peace, meditation, research and natural sanctuary center. International monasteries have been built by various countries including India, China, Thailand, Burma, Germany etc.
As of now, more than 400,000 travelers visit Lumbini every year. Facilities for good hotel accommodation and hygienic food are easily available locally. The airport in Lumbini is also being developed as a regional airport to facilitate and promote tourism in the area. A trip to Lumbini is worth a lifetime of experience that every traveler must embrace.

At Nepal Environmental Treks and Expeditions, we offer some of the most memorable and flexible tours to Lumbini. Trips to Lumbini can be run anytime of the year and can be over various duration. Please contact us for designing packages that suit your time, budget and interests, our expert tour guides will help you every step of the way!

  • Outline Itinerary
  • Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.

Day 03: Full day of sightseeing in Patan and Bhaktapur. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 04: Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan. Enjoy some jungle activities in Chitwan National Park. Stay overnight at lodge in Chitwan.

Day 05: Full day of jungle activities. Stay overnight at lodge in Chitwan.

Day 06: Early morning after breakfast some activities and drive from Chitwan to Lumbini.  Stay overnight at hotel in Lumbini.

Day 07: After breakfast sightseeing in and around Lumbini. You stay overnight at the hotel in Lumbini.

Day 08: Fly back to Kathmandu from Bhairahawa. This day is free to do your own things. Stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 09: Departure from Kathmandu.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Our airport representative will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served. You stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu valley.

The places of visit this day are Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Brief description of the places:

Kathmandu Durbar Square

 Kathmandu Durbar Square is one of the most popular tourist destinations enlisted in World Heritage Sites. Clustered around the central Durbar Square are the old Royal Palace (Hanuman Dhoka), numerous interesting temples, the Kumari Chowk or Kumari Bahal (House of the Living Goddess) and the Kasthamandap (House of Wood) from which Kathmandu derived its present name. A close exploration of the Durbar Square reveals the ancient and medieval art and architecture of Nepal.

 Pashupatinath Temple

Situated 5 kilometers east of Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath temple is one of the holiest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river, the temple built in pagoda style has jilted roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors are permitted to view the temple from the east bank of Bagmati River, as entrance into the temple is strictly forbidden to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the center of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March.

 Boudhanath Stupa

This Stupa, situated 8 kilometers east of Kathmandu city, is one of the biggest stupa in the world. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four cardinal direction keeping watch for righteous behavior and human prosperity. It is built on an octagonal base inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is encircled by houses of Lamas or Buddhist priest.

Swayambhunath Stupa

Located approximately 4 kilometers from the core of Kathmandu, this Buddhist Stupa is said to be 2000 years old. The Stupa which forms the main structure is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. This hill is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples.

Day 03: Full day of sightseeing in Patan and Bhaktapur. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Brief description of the places:

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone

 The main attractions in Patan:

Besides above mentioned places to visit, there are other significant sites to be explored:

  1. Golden Temple
  2. Kumbheshwor
  3. Krishna Mandir
  4. Jagat Narayan
  5. Mahaboudha
  6. Ashokan Stupa
  7. Machchhendranath Temple
  8. Tibetan Refugee Camp

Bhaktapur (1,401m) covers an area of four square miles and lies about 14 km east of Kathmandu. Regarded as the city of devotees, Bhaktapur retains a medieval charm and visitors to this ancient town are treated to myriad wonders of cultural and artistic achievements. It is famous for pottery, weaving, woodcarving and the traditional topi or cap. The places of interest here include Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the National Art Gallery, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, Dattatreya Temple and Dattatreya Square.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square was listed in the UNESCO world Heritage Monument List in 1979. The main square of the city contains innumerable temples and other architectural wonders such as lion gate, the golden gate, the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Dattatraya Temple etc.

A magnificent statue of King Bhupatindra Malla in the act of worship is placed high on a column facing the palace
Palace of 55 Windows Built by King Yaksha Malla in 1427 A.D. and remodeled by King Bhupatindra Malla in the 17th century, the balcony and the windows are intricately carved is a masterpiece of wood carving.

Nyatapola Temple This five storied Pagoda Style temple was built by King Bhupatindra Malla in 1708 A.D. and is well known for its massive structure and subtle workmanship. It is the tallest pagoda structure in the Kathmandu.

Day 04: Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan. Enjoy some jungle activities in Chitwan National Park. Stay overnight at lodge in Chitwan.

Day 05: Full day of jungle activities. Stay overnight at lodge in Chitwan.

During your stay in Chitwan National Park, you will enjoy the following activities:

Bird Watching: For bird watchers, the park is a paradise with over 450 species of exotic birds of domestic as well as migratory birds. Many are threatened species, e.g. the Great pied hornbill, Bengal Florican, Peregrine falcon, lesser adjutant storks, etc.

Nature Walk: Our experienced naturalists will accompany you to the more specialized habitats. This is the ideal opportunity to explore and experience at closer quarters and beauty of the flora and fauna.

Elephant Breeding Center: This is the first Elephant breeding center in Asia. You can see baby elephants socializing with their parents and other babies. This center is government owned and its purpose is to raise the young elephants. 

Village tour: Excursion in Tharu village will grant you an exhilarating experience. Tharus are the indigenous inhabitant of the Terai. We offer guided cultural tours to meet the people and experience their traditional lifestle.

Cultural Program: In the evening, you will get an opportunity to be a part of Tharu folk dance. The drummers and symbolic stick dancers perform traditional movements and invite guests to join them in this rhythmic display. Such cultural shows performed by Tharus will be an unforgettable experience. The Tharus in traditional colorful costumes are sure to captivate you.

Elephant back safari: On elephant back you can view the wild life of the area in their natural habitat.

Elephant Bathing: Your guide will take you to the specific place where you can observe elephant bathing.

Crocodile Walk: One more option is to go for crocodile walk. It goes through grassland and forest along the bank of Rapti / Narayani River.

Canoe Trip: You can enjoy canoe trip on either The Rapti River or The Budhi Rapti River which borders the National Park. You can see two types of crocodiles, the Gharial and Mugger basking on the river bank.

Day 06: Early morning after breakfast some activities and drive from Chitwan to Lumbini.  Stay overnight at hotel in Lumbini.

Day 07: After breakfast sightseeing in and around Lumbini. You stay overnight at the hotel in Lumbini.

Important sites in Lumbini:

Sacred Garden: The Sacred Garden was where Buddha was born in 623 BC. The garden is marked by a marker stone, the exact spot where Buddha descended at birth.  

Ashoka Pillar: This stone pillar was erected by Emperor Ashoka to marked the birth spot of Buddha, almost 800 years after Buddha was born. The pillar carries inscription in pali script.

Puskarni or Mayadevi Pond: Puskarni Pond sits right in front of Mayadevi Temple. The pond is considered to be sacred since it was here Queen Mayadevi took a bath before giving birth to Buddha.

Lumbini Museum and Lumbini Research Center: These two are located within a few meters of each other. The museum has a substantial collection of Buddhist manuscripts, sculptures and coins dating back to 4th century. The Research Center is currently being developed as a knowledge repository for the benefit of scholars, researchers, students, pilgrims as well as travelers. There are over 12,000 books on religion, philosophy, art and architecture preserved in the center.

Tilaurankot, Kudan, Gothihawa, Niglihawa, Devdaha, Sagarhawa are other important places around Lumbini.

Day 08: Fly back to Kathmandu from Bhairahawa. This day is free to do your own things. Stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 09: Departure from Kathmandu.

Our airport representative will transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home.

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