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The gardens of Lumbini in Nepal have found a place in the annals of History as one of the sacred places of Buddhism as Gautam Buddha was born here. While pilgrims visiting this place have their own itineraries mapped out, we have listed down the top ten things to do at Lumbini to satiate the wanderlust in you.

If you would rather read the Lumbini Travelogue, click here.

1) Soak into the divine aura of the Maya Devi temple:
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Quaint and quintessential to Buddhism – the Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini

 

The Maya Devi temple is built around the exact spot where the founder of Buddhism, Gautama Buddha was born. This is the single most important destination at Lumbini. As you step into this dimly-lit temple you will find many devotees praying at the wall that has a marker-stone pinpointing the exact location of birth, supposedly. Join them as they pray and follow them along the wooden path as they toss coins onto the protected ruins wishing for good luck. This complex also contains the famous Ashoka Pillar, the Nativity sculpture depicting the Buddha’s birth scene and the Puskarna Pond in which Maya Devi bathed after giving birth to the Buddha.

2) Go Monastery-hopping:
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German Monastery at Lumbini

 

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The Chinese Monastery at Lumbini is worth your time

 

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As white as mist, the Thai Monastery at Lumbini stands

With Monasteries built by countries from around the world in a single complex, choose any or all of the monasteries to visit. As each monastery is built in the architectural style of the country donating it, you would have taken a mini world-tour by the time you are done seeing all of them. You can choose to explore the huge Chinese Monastery or admire the grandeur of the German Monastery or notice the finesse of the Thai Monastery. Rather than restricting yourself to these main monasteries, we urge you to explore monasteries from France, Canada, Austria, Japan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, India, Bhutan, Vietnam and of course, Nepal.

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International Nuns Temple Lumbini was under-construction when we visited

 

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Myanmar Golden Temple

 

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Lord Buddha Thrangu Canadian Monastery

 

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Inside the Austrian Monastery – Scene of Maya Devi giving birth to the Buddha
3) Attain Nirvana under a tree:
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Lose yourself here as you meditate under a tree in peace

When you are done appreciating the beauty of the Maya Devi temple, take a moment to appreciate the serenity too. It is said that the Buddha achieved enlightenment meditating under a Peepal tree, you are welcome to try your luck here by sitting underneath any of the beautifully decorated trees near the Puskarna Pond. That is, if you can resist gawking at the thousands of colourful prayer flags that make this temple a pretty scenic location.

 

4) Experience the life of a monk at a Korean Monastery:
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Colourful and Majestic Korean Monastery

The Korean Monastery offers visitors a sneak peek into the lives of Korean Sen (Zen) monks. You can spend an entire day here to learn the customs of the monks or opt to stay for a period of time and join the monks and experience their lifestyle firsthand. Do note that the stay involves abstinence from many comforts of modern life, so be prepared to sleep on thin mattresses, take cold showers, eat modest, vegetarian food and limit the time spent with modern gadgets. We met a couple of travellers who were staying here and they assured us that this was a life-changing experience. The monastery is somewhat picky and may turn down travellers just looking for cheap accommodation.

 

5) Cycle or get Rickshawed through the Lumbini Development Zone:
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These covered rickshaws are an absolutely essential on a sunny day

 

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Statues of Virupaksa and Vaisravana in the Chinese Monastery

Hire a cycle from any of the hostels in the Lumbini market area, pack some water and start exploring the zone. This is one of the best and preferred ways to get around Lumbini if the weather is not too hot. Should the sun shine down with all its might, then the Nepalese Rickshaw is the way to go. Hop onto one of these and get ferried from monastery to monastery whilst avoiding the sun. Even otherwise, hop onto one for a joy ride and a beautiful memory.

 

6) Indulge in a traditional Nepalese meal:
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Papdi Chaat with an extra helping of Tamarind Chutney is priceless

 

Satiate your taste buds with the traditional ‘Thukpa’ that is eaten by the locals here. Trust us when we say you have no idea how delicious noodle soup could be until you have tasted the ‘Thukpa’. If you could survive street food, grab a bowl from any vendor that is thronged by the locals. The sensuous taste of fresh vegetables slow-cooked with noodles is only enriched by the emanating aroma. Once you are done with your main-course, try a noteworthy Chaat item instead of a dessert. We personally recommend the Papdi Chaat with a dollop of curd and Tamarind Chutney; Papdi is a type of crisp made of flour.

 

7) Click photos at the World Peace Pagoda:
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The multi-level Peace Pagoda offers a good view of the surroundings

 

The picturesque World Peace Pagoda offers many photo opportunities for the shutter-happy, be it on the gardens around the Pagoda or on the many levels of the Pagoda itself. The Pagoda is rather close to what was once the Lumbini Crane Sanctuary and if you are lucky, you could catch a glimpse of a bird or two even though the sanctuary is dry now. Take a pair of binoculars with you and spot the Maya Devi temple and Eternal Flame from here, the three of these are on a straight line. Notice the poses of the Buddha on the stupa, each of these poses depicts a posture that the Buddha assumed during his lifetime.

 

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The Buddha in Mahaparinirvana posture
8) Spend time watching workers in paddy fields:
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Paddy field Lumbini

While Nepal conjures up images of mountains and snow-clad peaks, Lumbini breaks this stereotype by providing you with a dose of green farms filled with paddy crops. So green and beautiful that you could wade into one and start working with the farmers. Alternately, you could merely sit and watch pairs of skilled hands pulling out weeds or replanting the paddy.

 

9) Enroll yourself in a Meditation Course for Inner Peace:
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Wowed by the vows of Buddhism

You could choose meditation courses from any of the three centres available here: Dhamma Janani, Panditarama and Laddak. Register for any of the courses using the links given here. Lumbini is a great place to relax and meditate, while meditating under a tree does have its perks, if you are a rookie, then start by enrolling yourself in any of these courses. Short single-day courses as well as long 10-day courses are available here. Hopefully, by the end of the course, you would have found your inner peace.

 

10) Plan a day-trip to nearby spots:

You could easily plan a day-trip to any of the many nearby places such as Tilaurakot, Kudan, Gotihawa, Nilgihawa and Sagarhawa. Each of these places bears some significance in the life of the Buddha.

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Supposedly, this is the entrance through which the Buddha left his Tilaurakot palace in search of enlightenment

Alternately, you can choose to visit the Chitwan National Park; it is one of the last habitats of the One-Horned Rhino. It, being a 4-hour drive from Lumbini, is worth a two-day visit. Be prepared to reach there before 11 in the morning to catch the jeep safari.

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A mini-island at the entrance of the Chitwan Jungle Safari

 

Top 10 things to do at Lumbini

41 thoughts on “Top 10 things to do at Lumbini

  • September 3, 2017 at 18:45
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    Nice travelog…seems like a must visit place…pictures are simply superb…

    How did you travel to lumbini?? Did you visit more places in nepal??

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    • September 3, 2017 at 23:14
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      Thank you so much Yash, we were there during the first week of July. We went by our own car from Lucknow, it took us around 6 hours, we visited Piprahawa on the way. In Nepal, we visited Kapilavastu and Chitwan National Park too. Considering that we had only 4 days to wrap up our trip, we did not opt to go for Kathmandu, also road travel to Kathmandu is not advisable. Do let us know if you need help planning a trip to these places.

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  • September 4, 2017 at 16:17
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    As we know Lumbini is a very famous as it is the birth place of Goutam Buddha. Many thanks for sharing the post. Really loved to read this one.

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    • September 5, 2017 at 10:48
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      Thanks !

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  • September 4, 2017 at 18:18
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    Thank you so much ,really love this post ,and stunning photo.Keep up the good work.

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    • September 5, 2017 at 10:49
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      Thank you Lindsay !

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  • September 4, 2017 at 19:42
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    Cool and interesting post. Great photos! Good info. Thanks for sharing! 😀

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    • September 6, 2017 at 08:46
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      Thank you 🙂

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  • September 4, 2017 at 19:56
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    Wow, these pictures are stunning! I would really like to go to Nepal one day, even though I’m not usually a fan of mountains.

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    • September 6, 2017 at 08:50
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      You don’t need to to worry about that, Nina ! There is more to Nepal than just snow clad mountains.. Lumbini, Kapilavastu and Chitwan are plain areas that are lesser known but no less charming ! 🙂

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    • September 6, 2017 at 18:54
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      Thanks. 🙂

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  • September 6, 2017 at 14:40
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    Wow! Beautiful pics and very usefull text. Nepal is on my bucket list 🙂

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    • September 6, 2017 at 18:57
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      Good to know, Nepal is one of the under-explored destinations, we are working on a travelogue on Lumbini, so keep visiting our blog.

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  • September 6, 2017 at 16:20
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    Hi,
    Your blog is so unique and incredible that I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. It really was a pleasure to read through your posts.
    I’ll be sure to continue following you through your journey.
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    If you do I would love it if you could send me a link to the post once you’ve published so I can have a look at the answers you’ve given to my questions.
    I look forward to what the future brings for you.
    Have a great day.

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  • September 8, 2017 at 12:02
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    Wow! The Peace Pagoda is so pretty 😍😍 pinned it! 🙂

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    • September 10, 2017 at 13:16
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      Thank you so much, Jassy. That is awesome!!!

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  • September 9, 2017 at 22:59
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    cool, thanks for sharing

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    • September 10, 2017 at 13:14
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      Thank you Sarah, and do wait for our Travelogue on Lumbini which will be posted in a few hours from now.

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  • September 10, 2017 at 17:21
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    Nepal looks incredible! The food, historic architecture, the people! Never thought of visiting but added to my bucket list now!

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    • September 10, 2017 at 18:31
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      And our new post, Lumbini travelogue should help you plan your trip. It will be released in a couple of hours from now. 🙂

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  • September 11, 2017 at 10:54
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    Thanks for sharing your experience, it looks like a must see place!

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  • September 11, 2017 at 11:47
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    Wow! Beautiful pictures. Nice article, enjoyed reading it.

    Keep making good content.
    Happy blogging!

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  • September 11, 2017 at 15:05
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    Wow! These travel photos are so beautiful!

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  • September 12, 2017 at 09:57
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    Those are some pretty awe inspiring photos. I am really impressed by the peace monastary, it is so pristine!

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  • September 12, 2017 at 16:11
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    Wow!! Incredible post! Thanks so much for this info on all the amazing things to see in Lumbini. This is one of the top in my travel bucket list, and I hope to make it there soon! The gardens look so gorgeous! Xxx

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  • September 16, 2017 at 22:33
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    I was also covered Lumbini. It was one among the most beautiful and peaceful place.

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  • October 28, 2017 at 23:46
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    Great photos, what a gorgeous variety of architecture to see! Nepal looks like a beautiful place to visit.

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  • October 29, 2017 at 02:37
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    Lovely photos, brought back memories ! I’ve visited Lumbini few year ago. Submerging oneself to the culture and tradition of Nepal would not be complete without visiting the town of Lumbini 🙂 I loved visiting this place as well. Being around places of meditation, seeing the baths of the past.. it’s really something !

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  • October 30, 2017 at 12:37
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    Such an interesting journey! I love the variety of the temple architecture!

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  • November 2, 2017 at 19:12
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    I skipped Lumbini for time constraints even though a friend of mine recommended it. It looks like an interesting place to visit with the monasteries in the different architectures of different nations.

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    • November 5, 2017 at 00:38
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      Many travellers who are looking for adventure skip Lumbini, but we feel that it is actually a good place to wind down after a trekking the Himalayas.

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