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Lumbini, the birthplace of lord Budhha and home to world-renowned monasteries, is the third-largest province in Nepal. The province is named after the holy pilgrimage site of Lumbini in the Rupandehi District. With an area of 22,288 square kilometers (8,605.44 sq. mi), the province covers about 15.1% of the country’s total area. Lumbini has a humid subtropical climate and experiences four seasons. The largest national park in the Terai, Bardia National Park is also situated in this province and consists of a beautiful, unblemished wilderness filled with Sal forests, diverse flora and fauna, and alluvial washes of the Karnali River. Rani Mahal, which was a palace built in Palpa in 1893, still stands alongside the Gandaki river.
Lumbini is the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha who was born in 623 B.C. in the famous gardens of Lumbini which became the place of pilgrimage for Buddhists. An Indian emperor Ashoka erected one of his commemorative pillar called as Ashoka pillar. The archaeological remains associated with the birth of the Lord Buddha form a central feature in Lumbini.
THINGSTO DO IN LUMBINI
1. Visit Maya Devi Temple
Maya Devi Temple is a holy temple recognized throughout the world. Maya Devi Temple stands out as the spiritual heart of Lumbini next to a sacred pond called Pushkarni nearby which Queen Maya Devi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautam (later became Gautam Buddha, founder of Buddhism). Spending the day exploring the ancient ruins of temples and palaces around the holy Maya Devi Temple is rated by many visitors as the most popular thing in Lumbini.
2. Watch Myanmar Golden Monastery
After exploring touristic places around Lumbini, you can head to the Myanmar Golden Monastery. It is a place well-suited for people who want to immerse themselves in the cultural and spiritual vibe without going too far from the central touristic areas of Lumbini. Going here is a famous thing to do in Lumbini if you plan on spending a day with your family while admiring the impressive artwork.
3. Visit Kudan Stupa
Kudan Stupa is away from the central shrine areas of Lumbini. a rickshaw ride to Kudan Stupa gives local experience away from city. Located about 4.5 kilometers south of Tilaurakot, Kudan Stupa is a beautiful place to visit. There’s a small pond nearby Kudan Stupa to learn a great deal about the Lord Buddha.
4. Visit Royal Thai Monastery
Royal Thai Monastery is located at the north of Maya Devi Temple. The Royal Thai Monastery is full of pure architectural brilliance in which a blue-colored roof can be seen supported by a gleaming white marble. The Royal Thai Monastery is one of the most eye-catching monasteries in the Lumbini Monastic Compound.
5. Have a look at Lumbini Museum
Lumbini Museum is another major tourist attraction in Lumbini. Tourists can see some of the very important photos, old coins and art facts. The housing area inside Lumbini Museum is dedicated to the life of Lord Buddha.
6. Drive to Kapilvastu, Tilaurakot
After exploring the popular touristic sites in Lumbini, tourists are supposed to visit Tilaurakot, Kapilvastu, which is only half an hour away. Kapilvastu was the capital of the Shakya kingdom and is most widely known as the place where Lord Buddha spent the first 29 years of his life. Kapilvastu is a famous place to see the ancient ruins of King Suddhodhana’s palace.
7. Observe Ashoka Pillar
Ashoka Pillar reflects ancient religious history on Gautam Buddha through the oldest known inscription found in Nepal. Ashoka Pillar was erected by Mauryan King Ashoka who visited Lumbini during his reign in the 3rd century BC. The pillar contains inscription that tells the birth of Lord Buddha.
8. Visit Dharma Swami Maharaja Buddha Vihar
Dharma Swami Maharaja Buddha Vihar is beautifully constructed in Tibetan-style. Dharma Swami Maharaja Buddha Vihar has a large indoor hall, where Tara Puja is performed by the 60 Buddhist monks residing here. For those who want to see artistically painted Buddhism art, visiting Dharma Swami Maharaja Buddha Vihar is worthy.
9. Visit the famous Cambodian Monastery
One of the most famous places to visit is the Cambodian Monastery which has been visited by most numbers tourists. The visitors seem fascinated by the intricate paintings of Lord Buddha. This monastery was completed in 2018.
10. Taste the local Nepalese cuisines
The cuisine of Nepal is a combination of flavors, traditions, culture and gastronomic delight. The Nepali households are rich in dishes for every occasion.
Visitors find Nepal one of the best destinations for trekking, climbing, rafting, bungee jumping and so on. But a few of the foodies know the culinary journey is equally interesting as the adventure activities. Trying local dishes, like Dal Bhat Tarkari, Mo:Mo, thukpa, thenduk, sukuti, lapfhing, and many other traditional Nepalese cuisines is a top thing to do in Lumbini.