Lumbini - a place in the South-Western Terai of Nepal, evokes a kind of holy sentiment to the millions of Buddhists all over the world-as do the Jerusalem to Christians and Mecca to Muslims. Lumbini is the place Lord Buddha -the apostle of peace and the light of Asia was born in 623 B. C., Located in the flat plains of south-Western Nepal and the foothills of Churia range, Lumbini and its surrounding area is endowed with a rich natural setting of domesticable fauna and favourable agricultural environ. Historically, the region is an exquisite treasure-trove of ancient ruisn and antiquities, dating back to pre-Christian era. The site, described as a beautiful garden in the Buddha’s time still retain its legendary charm and beauty. To the mere 12 miles north of Lumbini lies the dense and picturesque sal-grove. For centuries, Buddhists- all over the world, knew that Lumbini where the Lord was born is somewhere around. The descriptions of famous Chinese pilgrims (of ancient times) Huian Tsang and Faeihan indicated to this area-saying ‘Lumbini-where the lord was born is a piece of heaven on earth and one could see the snowy mountains amidst a splendid garden-embedded with stupas and monasteries!
World Heritage Sites Tour (7nights/8days/
Kathmandu - Chitwan - Lumbini - Kathmandu
World Heritage, established in 1972 is an UNESCO programme with its aim to protect natural and cultural properties of outstanding universal value against the threat of damage in a rapidly developing world. With more than 690 cultural and natural sites already protected worldwide, the World Heritage Committee is working to make sure that future generations can inherit the treasures of the past. And yet, most sites face a variety of threats, particularly in today's environment. The preservation of this common heritage concerns us all. The Kathmandu valley consisting of the three royal cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur share amongst themselves seven World Heritage sites declared in 1979 by UNESCO. In 1984 the Royal Chitwan National Park in south-central Nepal, a 932 sq. kms of subtropical lowlands of Saal forests, tall grasslands, ox-bow lakes and flood plains was added to World Heritage sites in Nepal. Lumbini in the south-west, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, was added in 1997. The place of pilgrimage where the Indian Emperor Ashoka erected one of his own commemorative pillars and the archeological remains associated with the birth place of Lord Buddha form a central feature.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet, greet and transfer to your hotel.
Day 02: AM: Tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square (a World Heritage site) and Swayambhunath stupa (a World Heritage site).PM: Tour of Patan Durbar Square (a World Heritage site). (B)
Day 03: Full day tour of Pashupatinath temple (a World Heritage site), Boudhnath stupa (a World Heritage site), Bhaktapur Durbar Square (a World Heritage site) and the temple of Changunarayan (a World Heritage site). (B)
Day 04: Drive about 5 to hrs. to the Royal Chitwan National Park (a World Heritage site). Transfer to a jungle lodge. PM: elephant back safari. (B,L,D)
Day 05: Full day of jungle activities: canoe ride, nature walk or safari. Tharu dance or slide show in the evening. (B,L,D)
Day 06: Drive for about six hours to Lumbini (a World Heritage site) through the Mahendra highway. Check in at the hotel in Lumbini or in Bhairahawa (near Lumbini). (B)
Day 07: AM: visit Lumbini garden, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. In the afternoon, transfer to Bhairahawa airport and fly to Kathmandu. (B)
Day 08: Transfer to the international airport to connect your outbound flight. (B)