Shakyamuni Buddha was born in Lumbini, in southern Nepal, twenty-five hundred years ago. Since his time, Nepal has been a sacred ground for Buddhists as the birthplace of the Buddha. Lumbini is a small town in the southern Terai plains of Nepal, where the ruins of the old city can still be seen. Shakyamuni Buddha was born to a royal family.
Lumbini has been a holy ground for Buddhists all over the world. The restored garden and surroundings of Lumbini have the remains of many of the ancient stupas and monasteries. A large stone pillar erected by the Indian Emperor Ashoka in 250 BC bears an inscription about the birth of the Buddha.
An important part of Lumbini is the temple of Maya Devi. It has a stone image of Maya Devi giving birth to Lord Buddha as she holds onto a branch. It has been well worn by the strokes of barren women hoping for fertility. To the south of the temple is a pool where Queen Maya Devi is said to have bathed and given her son his first purification bath.
A quiet garden, shaded by the leafy Bo tree (the type of tree under which Buddha received enlightenment), and a newly-planted forest nearby lend an air of tranquillity which bespeaks Buddha’s teachings. Lumbini is now being developed under the Master Plan of the Lumbini Development Trust, a non-governmental organization dedicated to the restoration of Lumbini and its development as a pilgrimage site. The plan, completed in 1978 by the renowned Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, will transform three square miles of land into a sacred place of gardens, pools, buildings, and groves. The development will include a Monastic Zone, the circular sacred Garden surrounding the Ashoka Pillar and Maya Devi temple, and Lumbini Village, where visitors will find lodges, restaurants, a cultural center, and tourist facilities.
An important archeological site near Lumbini, Kapilvastu evokes the ancient palace where Lord Buddha spent his formative years. Scattered foundations of the palace are abundant, and archeologists have by now discovered 13 successive layers of human habitation dating back to the eighth century BC. A must for archeological and historical buffs!
Besides its religious and historical significance, Lumbini offers cultural insights into the village life of southern Nepal. If possible, try to coincide your visit with the weekly Monday bazaar when villagers come from miles around to buy grains, spices, pottery, jewelry, saris, and various other items. It may appear as a scene out of the Arabian Nights, with colorful merchandise spread out under the mango trees and the air perfumed with incense. It’s a chance to bargain for souvenirs while witnessing local life in Lumbini. Wooden ox-carts loaded with hay trundle by. Villagers dry cow-dung for fuel and tea stalls serve sweet milk tea.
Today, Lumbini is beginning to receive travelers’ and archaeologists’ attention after centuries of neglect. Serious preservation work has only just been started in the latter half of this century and Lumbini as a slice of history is worth seeing and worth preserving.
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m)
- Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu with guided sightseeing tours
- Day 03: Hike to Namobuddha and overnight Balthali Village
- Day 04: Drive back to Kathmandu
- Day 05: Fly to Pokhara
- Day 06: Full day in Pokhara
- Day 07: Drive to Lumbini via Tansen
- Day 08: Full day in Lumbini
- Day 09: Drive to Chitwan National Park
- Day 10: Full day in Chitwan National park
- Day 11: Drive to Kathmandu (4-5hrs)
- Day 12: Free day for shopping.
- Day 13: Transfer to airport for departure
US $1180.00 per person
Single Supplement US $350.00
- All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle
- Welcome Dinner in Authentic Restaurant
- 05 Nights twin/double shearing accommodation on BB in Kathmandu
- Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Lumbani with all necessary entrance fee and privet vehicle
- Day Hiking with guide, Pack lunch and transfer by private vehicle
- 01 Night twin/doubel shearing accommodation on BB in Balthali
- Kathmandu to Dhulikhel and Panauti to Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Kathmandu to Pokhata by flight (if you want to make price cheaper price you could travel by tourist bus)
- Pokhara to Lumbani to Chitwan to Kathmandu by private vehicle (if you want to make price cheaper you could travel by bus)
- 02 Nights twin/doubel shearing accommodation on BB in Pokhara
- 02 Nights twin shearing accommodation on BB in Lumbani
- 02night/03 day safari activities on full board meals plan in Chitwan national Park
- Safe drinking water and first add kid box
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate fee in USD and two passport size photo)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
- Airport departure tax (RS 200.00 per person per departure) for domestic flight
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu, Balthali, Pokhara and Lumbani
- Meals during the traveling time
- Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
- Extra night accommodation and lunch and dinner in city because of early arrival, late departure and early return from the tours(due to any reason) then the scheduled itinerary
- Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips to the guide and drive
- Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
- Anything not included in service includes column
- Bag pack.
- day bag.( Small handbag)
- Hiking shoes.
- Sports shoes or sandal.
- Sun Hat, cap
- flees jacket.
- Pullover or warm sweeter.
- 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock.
- 2/3 pairs of trousers
- 3/4 pairs of shirts.
- 3/4 pairs of Underwear
- Eye glass
- Water bottle.
- Flash or Torch light.
- Camera and batteries.
- Sun cream.
Safe drinking water
Basically, we can get mineral water bottles. we suggest you drink boiled water which may charge small fee, found in hotels and better to bring chlorine tablets to purify water, helpful for protection of the environment.
Recharging Batteries of Electronic Items
Hydro electricity or solar power sources are used to charge your electrical items like camera, batteries, iPod, iPhone etc. Hotels or lodges provide these facilities. In Nepal, 220-240 volt power is used and sockets fit round and flat plugs.
Use a dustbin and do not throw anything into the fire. Carry garbages in the way where dustbin facilities are not available and conserve the environment.
You should be sufficiently protected and need to have travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, lost items, liabilities, injuries, and medical treatment. Ensure the insurance covers all the activities in the himalayas. Trekking Planner can offer the appropriate medical response based on your policy and insurance.
Washing and Toilet facilities
All the hotels' houses offer hot showers, which can be in a bathroom. Every lodge has some kind of washing facilities according to the standard of hotel. A toilet is mainly Asian squat style.
How Can I Plan and Confirm My Trip?
Trekking planner is a government licensed trekking company in Nepal as we can see a photos of legal documents in about us section. Under following terms and condition, we accept your booking:
We required non-fundable deposit Of 15% down payment in advance is mandatory to book a flight tickets, hotel booking and Tims as well as permit process. Booking must be done 5 days earlier and amount can be either bank transfer or Western Union, money gram as well as through credit cards and the rest amount must be paid upon your arrival to Nepal.