A pilgrimage destination in the Rupandehi District of Nepal, Lumbini is a complex of temples, monuments and museums dedicated to Buddhism. It’s famous for being the birthplace of a man called Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism and enlightened leader of the religion, more commonly known as Buddha.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lumbini is home to important Buddhist monuments. Gaze upon the Eternal Peace Flame, which burns continually to promote peace within the global community. You can also look up at the Ashoka Pillar, one of the inscribed stone pillars erected by the Indian Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC.
Maya Devi Temple is an especially prominent building, containing a sacred pool, garden and ancient shrines that are said to be the earliest Buddhist structures. Sit and watch the passing monks, admire the hanging colourful prayer flags and watch the meditating pilgrims to capture the true spirit of Lumbini.
Bhairahawa Airport is just over 20 kilometres away, with a train connection to Nautanwa, the nearest train station. The best access to Lumbini is by bus, which also travels over the border from India.