A Drive of 5-6 hours from Pokhara or a flight of around 30 mins is all you need to land at Gautam Buddha Airport in Bhairawa. A short drive will take you to your hotel within Lumbini near the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Interested travellers and pilgrims can spend a day or two days visiting interesting and age-old glorious heritage sites of Buddhism and places of Lord Buddha’s birth sites, historical and religious sites of great interest.
Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, also called ‘The Light of Asia’. Past thousands of years, it was neither India nor Nepal, the country was known as the Sakya Kingdom as years passed by and this holy area, at present falls within Nepal soil which is one of the points of pride of the country where Lord Buddha took its birth.
Lumbini is located in Far South West Nepal where the driving distance of more than 7 hours, the easiest and smoothest route to reach is by air from Kathmandu 45- 50 minutes to land at Gautam Buddha airport in Bhairwa city, and then a short drive of less than an hour to reach the hotel close to the birth sites of Lord Buddha and the Mecca of Buddhist followers.
Places to visit around important sites in Lumbini, Nepal
This includes a tour of Lumbini, Nepal; Lord Buddha’s birthplace. The founder of Buddhism was born in the 6th Century BC (Before Christ).
According to the Buddhist religion, mother Maya Devi gave birth to Buddha on her way to her parent home in Devadaha in May around 642 BC. Feeling the onset of labour pains, she grabbed hold of a branch of tree shade and delivered birth to Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha to be, Buddha has announced,” This is my final rebirth” as he entered the world. Buddhist tradition also has it that he walked immediately after his birth and took seven steps, under each of which a lotus flower bloomed.
In 249 BC, the Buddhist convert Emperor Asoka visited Lumbini and constructed four stupas and a stone pillar. Asoka’s Pillar bears an inscription that translates as: “King Piyadasi” (Asoka), beloved of Devas in the 20 years of the coronation, himself made a royal visit, Buddha Sakyamuni having been born here, a stone railing was built and a stone pillar erected to the Bhagavan “blessed one” having been born here.
The site was rediscovered in 1895 by a German archaeologist who discovered Asoka’s Pillar, identified by its inscription. Records made by the Chinese pilgrim FaXian were also used in the process of identifying this religiously acclaimed site. Lumbini was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.