BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE TOUR - Lumbini is the holy birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam, the Shakya “ultimate Shakyamuni” Buddha-the Enlightened One. the most attraction at Lumbini is that the Sacred Garden Maya Devi Temple that's cover eight sq metric and possess all the treasures of the historic space. The treasury of cultural and archaeological material resource scattered around Lumbini evokes the time and aura of Buddha. Moreover, a number of stupas, monasteries, meditation centers and Bahals being made within the International religious residence Zone by numerous countries like Japan, China Bharat, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, France and Deutschland embodying their individual design reflects the globe brotherhood envisaged by the Apostle of Peace some 2500 years ago.
Interesting places to see around Lumbini are
1. Ashoka pillar with ancient inscription.
2. Mayadevi Mandir dedicated to the mother of Lord Buddha.
3. Siddhartha pond where Buddha was bathed after his birth.
4. Mahayana monastery.
5. Lumbini garden.
6. Ramagrama, the maternal hometown of Buddha.
Duration: 5 Nights 6 Days
Place Covered: Kathmandu and Lumbini Garden
Best Time to Visit: Mid September to End of May
Distance & Journey Hour: 287 kms / 8 Hours by Road & 45 min by Flight
Day 01 - Arrival at Kathmandu / By Flight:
On arrival at Kathmandu, after clearing immigration and customs, step into the receiving area where you will be meet and assisted by our Airport representative and transfer to the hotel for a Check-in.
Day 02 - FULL DAY KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING:
After having breakfast at hotel, Your city guide will take you for full day sightseeing around the Kathmandu City. From 9.30 am to 5.00 pm. During our sightseeing period, First, We visit to Patan Durbar Square, Swyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa and finally Pasupatinath Temple.
Day 03 - KATHMANDU - LUMBINI GARDEN - DRIVE OR FLY::
Early breakfast at Kathmandu hotel and process to drive Lumbini approx about 8 hours. During your journey, you can also visit the Shaswatdham Temple on the way at Naval Parasi. Further continue drive one more hour to Lumbini hotel and check in. Rest of the day explore the Lumbini Bazar on your own
Day 04 - LUMBINI GARDEN - Full Day Sightseeing:
After Breakfast, Your local guide of Lumbini will take you sightseeing around the Lumbini garden. Visit the following places during your sightseeing
MAYADEVI TEMPLE: 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 Maker 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. Tourist love to take photographs of the treasure trove of the ancient artifacts. It takes 10 - 15 minutes of foot and 5 minutes by rickshaw to reach the Mayadevi temple from the main entrance of Lumbini.
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 tourist. It is traditionally believed that Lord Buddhat was bathed with the water from the same lake after his birth.
ASHOK PILLAR: The Ashok Pillar located within the Lumbini Garden is regarded as an important historical heritage. Famous Mourya 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 sp;iritual teacher Upagupta. Emperor Ashok had erected the pillar along with a stone tablet 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 to the Mayadevi Temple.
BIRTH MAKER STONE:The Stone Maker 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 archaeological excavation.
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. it depicts the birth of Lord Buddha. The idol shows Mayadevi learning 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 clear. The 42.5 m tall stupa is one of the major attractions of Lumbini. The stupa was constructed as p;art of the campaign by Japanese Buddhist preacher Fujing to construct World Peace Stupas in different parts of world. It takes 40-50 minutes to reach the World Peace Stupa from the Mayadevi Temple. Very few tourist arriving at Lumbini miss a visit to the World's Peace Stupa. The heavenly serene atmosphere around the stupa and the attractive piece 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. Tourist 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 Gyandra 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 minutes walk from the Mayadevi .After Lunch, Visit different countries temple and monastery around the Lumbini Garden.
Day 05 - LUMBINI TO KATHMANDU:
EARLY BREAKFAST & DRIVE OR FLY TO KATHMANDU
Day 06 - FINAL DEPARTURE:
AFter Breakfast, Hotel Check out & Drive process to transfer to international airport for the flight to onward destination
Meeting and assistance at the airport / Arrival and Departure transfer by private a/c Vehicle / One full Day City sightseeing Pasupatinath, Boudha Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Swyambhunath with an English Speaking Guide as well as LUMBINI GARDEN also / Transportation by a/c private vehicle as per the group size.
Lunch and Dinner while Kathmandu & Lumbini hotel stay / Temple,Monastery and Monument Entrance fee during sightseeing period / Personal Nature Expenses such as laundry, telephone call, bar bills,beverage and tips etc / International Flight tickets / Optional tour if any which is not includes our package.