The World Heritage Site of Lumbini, famed to be the birthplace of Buddha, is one of the world’s most important pilgrimage sites and a source of pride for the people of Nepal. The fascinating Maya Devi Temple lies at the heart of Lumbini, with a markerstone showing the spot where Queen Maya Devi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama – better known as the Buddha - in 563BC.
A visit to Lumbini is not to be missed; enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and discover the pillar of Ashoka and the great Bodhi tree, set in sacred gardens coloured with prayer flags and dotted with ancient stupas. Beyond the Sacred Garden, the Lumbini Development Zone stretches out for 3 square km, with a monastic zone divided in two by a central canal, and a cultural centre and museum beyond. Discover monasteries from Buddhist communities all over the world, each with a unique architectural style.