Lumbini is the birth place of Lord Buddha, the follower of peace and compassion. Lumbini is 21 km west of Bhairahawa and 282 km south-west of Kathmandu. Lumbini is a place of pilgrimage for Buddhist as well as a place of reverence for peace lovers of any religious faith throughout the world. In Lumbini the central attraction is the sacred garden with Maya Devi temple depicting the birth of Lord Buddha, Ashoka Pillar pinpoints the birth place of Buddha and Shakya Tank where Maya Devi, the mother of Lord Buddha, is supposed to have taken a dip before bringing forth the baby - Lord Buddha. Around this holy site, there were remnants of Monasteries and Chaityas built over the centuries following Buddha's birth in 632 BC.
Lumini garden covers an area of 2.56 Sq. Km. The area has a subtropical monsoon climate with a warm wet season. The history of Lumbini was re-established with the visit of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, who made a pilgrimage in 294 B.C. and erected a stone pillar bearing an inscription stating " Hida Budhe Gate Shkyamuniti" which means that Shakyamuni Buddha was born here. Later on, three famous Chinese Pilgrims - Tseng Tsai (4th Century), Fa-Hsien (5th Century), and Hiuen Tsang (7th Century) visited Lumbini. Hiuen Tsang's travel account gives a detailed description of the area, includes Ashokan Pillar with a horse carved on the top of it. After 14th century A.D. the sites were forgotten, neglected and shrouded in the bushes.
In the process of an archaeological survey in 1896. General Khadga Shamsher Rana and Dr. Alois fuhrer discovered the Ashokan Pillar in Lumbini. In the 1930s, general Caesar SJB Rana camied out of large scale excavation at Lumbini. In 1956, on the occasion of the fourth world Buddist conference late King Mahendra visited Lumbini and wanted to improve it. In 1970 Prof. Kenzo Tange of Japan was assigned to create the Lumbini Master plan, which was approved by the government in 1978. In 1985 the Lumbini Development Turst (LDT) was established to take over the responsibility of the overall Managment and development of Lumbini.
Asian Hiking Team design the itinerary two nights stay in Lumbini and return to Kathmandu, but if you have a few extra days, it is very interesting programs, visit Chitwan jungle safari trip 1-5 days continue to visit Lumbini, Tansen the best viewpoint and Pokhara trip 1-2 days, trekking in Annapurna or rafting in the Trisuli river than return to Kathmandu. If a given itinerary is not come as your plan, let us know we redesign another itinerary as your interest and time frame.