Gautam Buddha was born in 563 B.C. in the Lumbini, Rupandehi district of central Terai in Nepal. His birth name was Siddhartha Gautam.
Gautam Buddha was born in 563 B.C. in the Lumbini, Rupandehi district of central Terai in Nepal. His birth name was Siddhartha Gautam. His mother Mayadevi was on her way to her maternal house in Devdaha. When she arrived in Lumbini, she delivered her child, who surprised her mother by walking three steps immediately after birth. According to legends, she was enraptured to see his radiant face, and lotuses and water were poured from the heavens upon the newborn baby.
After years of meditation and wandering, Siddhartha Gautam finally attained enlightenment and became Gautam Buddha. He is the founder of Buddhism. In his preaching, Gautam the Buddha instructed the followers of Buddhism to make a pilgrimage to Lumbini, his birthplace; at least once in his lifetime. Although the holiest place for the Buddhists, Lumbini has remained largely in shadow for most of the time. Due in part to the gross misinformation spread in the world community that Lumbini lies in India. After the verification as the birthplace of Gautam the Buddha and its inclusion in the world heritage list. It has slowly started to get into the international limelight.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Bhairahawa by Flight and to Lumbini by Private transportation.
Day 2: Exploration at Lumbini
Day 3: Visit Gotihawa and Tilaurakot via Kudan and return to Lumbini
Day 4: Visit Gotihawa and Tilaurakot via Kudan and return to Lumbini
You need no special gears for any City Tour. Clothing’s as per the weather conditions are okay for the tour. You need to carry your camera for photographs and extra set of batteries.
1. Copy of your Valid Passport.
2. Your PP Size Photographs.
3. Your Travel Insurance Policy
4. Your Flight Details.
5. Medical Conditions if any.
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Domestic Airport at Kathmandu from where you will take your flight to Bhairahawa. After a flight of around 45 mintues, you will reach Bhairahawa. You will take lunch there and drive to Lumbini. You will have some time to roam around Lumbini and have a short glance. Overnight at a hotel.
Full Day Hotel
We make a detailed exploration of Lumbini today. The center of curiosity is, of course, the Maya Devi temple. The temple houses the nativity sculpture, depicting Buddha’s birth, and the marker stone, which pinpoints the location where Buddha first touched the ground. Since the marker stone and its foundation date back to the 3rd century B.C. and since it is mentioned in the Ashokan Pillar as a marker of the precise location of Buddha’s birth, archeologists point to it as very reliable evidence. Outside the temple is the Puskarni pond, where Maya Devi had taken a bath before delivery and where Buddha was given the first bath. And then there are the ruins of the Stupas dating from 8th century A.D. to 3rd century B.C. And if you get enough time afterward, there are plenty of monasteries built by different nations in the monastic zone. You can also consider making a visit to nearby villages, where you will notice the true peasant life and culture of the people living in the plains.
Each of these places, namely, Gotihawa, Tilaurakot and Kudan, holds special significance. Gotihawa is believed to be the birthplace of Krakuchanda Buddha, the former incarnation of Gautama the Buddha. Its importance, like that of Lumbini, was recognized by the ancient Indian emperor Ashoka who had built a pillar here as well. You can see a lot of brick remains of stupas and monasteries in this village. Kudan’s importance cannot be simply exaggerated because it was the place where King Suddhodhana had met Buddha after his enlightenment. Finally, Tilaurakot was the capital of King Suddhodhana’s kingdom in the ancient time. It was the place where Buddha had spent 29 years of his life.
Another important day for us, because we visit Devdaha, lying about 54 km east of Lumbini. Devdaha was Maya Devi’s maternal home. It was also the maternal home of Buddha’s wife Yashodhara, and of his stepmother, Prajapati. Buddha had, according to legends, had visited this place seven years after his enlightenment and converted a large number of people into Buddhism. Then we go on to visit Ramgram, where we notice the remains of a very rare brick stupa which has Gautama Buddha’s relics, collected from the place of his funeral, are kept. If we have time after this, we catch a flight to Kathmandu from Bhairahawa. If not, we return to Kathmandu the following day.
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