Lumbini- Birthplace of Buddha:
Lumbini – birth place of Siddhartha Gautama in 623 BCE, who achieved Enlightenment some time around 588 BCE, became the Lord Buddha and founder of Buddhism. Lumbini was granted World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1997.
Lumbini is being developed with International support as the supreme pilgrimage and a symbol of World Peace. It is a place of pilgrimage for Buddhist as well as place of reverence for peace lovers of any religious faith throughout the world. The main attraction remains the sacred garden spread over 8 sq kms and possessing the treasures of historic area.
The Mayadevi temple is the main attraction for pilgrims and archaeologists alike. Standing west to Mayadevi shrine is the oldest monuments of Nepal, the Ashoka pillar that commemorates Ashoka’s pilgrimage to the sacred site some 250 BC. When we see around the area, we find many temples and monasteries built by Nepalese as well as foreign countries. Different monasteries built by Myanmar, China, Korea, Sri-Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand and Mongolia is of their own traditional architecture and design.