Help Wikitravel grow by contributing to an article! Learn how.

Difference between revisions of "Lumbini"

From Wikitravel
Rupandehi : Lumbini
Jump to: navigation, search
(Undo revision 1523798 by 113.199.251.120 (Talk) -- no first person please)
(Budget)
Line 59: Line 59:
 
* '''Lumbini Village Lodge''' and '''Lumbini Garden Lodge''' (300-400 NRs) close to each other in the village.
 
* '''Lumbini Village Lodge''' and '''Lumbini Garden Lodge''' (300-400 NRs) close to each other in the village.
  
* '''Gautam Buddha Lodge''' (200-400 NRs, dormitory 100 NRs) is situated in Old Lumbini. Very peaceful.
+
* '''Gautam Buddha Lodge''' (200-400 NRs) is situated in A nearby village. The owners are rude and the rooms seem to be infested with mosquitoes, spiders and cockroaches. Far from the main entrance.
  
 
===Mid range===
 
===Mid range===

Revision as of 14:59, 31 October 2010

Lumbini [1] is the sacred site of the birth of Sakyamuni Buddha. It is located in southern Nepal, near the Indian border.

The temple over the spot where the Buddha was supposedly born

Contents

Understand

Get in

By air

The closest airport is at Bhairahawa (also known as Sidhhartha Nagar) (22km), where there are flights to and from Kathmandu.

By road

Buses ply the route between Sunauli (from stop across from Hotel Yeti) and Lumbini (you will need to walk 1km from the nearest stop). The last return bus departs at 5 PM.

Buses also run from Kathmandu, Pokhara and Varanasi to Sunauli.

Taxis are probably the best option for reaching Lumbini from Sunauli, though you will need to know the going rate to avoid paying well over the odds. As everywhere else in the sub-continent, ensure that the fare has been agreed before heading out. This will save trouble at the destination.

Bikes can be rented at hotels in Lumbini (80 NRs/day) and offer a good way to see the site. Make sure of the condition of the tires, as a flat will mean pushing it back over miles.

See

Ashokan Pillar in Lumbini
  • Ashokan Pillar - an inscribed pillar erected by Emperor Ashoka (249 BC) on the spot of Buddha's birth. The inscription, which is the oldest in Nepal, grants Lumbini a tax-free status in honor of Buddha’s birth.
  • Buddhist Temples - there are foundations of temples dating from the 2nd century BC to the 9th century AD, and two modern temples: one in Tibetan style, the Dharma Swami Maharaja Buddha Temple, which was built by the king of Mustang, and one Nepalese Theravada style building, the Lumbini Buddha Vihar, which was built by the Nepalese government and contains Tibetan-style frescoes and Newari-style Buddhist images. Outside the main complex, there are other temples built in the styles of countries where Buddhism is the predominant religion, such as Chinese, Japanese and Burmese.
  • The Japan Peace Stupa - the 41m imposing structure is situated at the northern end of the gardens.
  • The Lumbini Museum displays artifacts from the Mauryan and Kushana periods, religious manuscripts and other items discovered at the site.
  • The Lumbini International Research Institute (LIRI) is devoted to the study of Buddhism and other religions. It houses an extensive collection of books on religion, art and architecture.

Do

Soak up the peaceful atmosphere, conducive to meditation and reflection.

Buy

Lots of trinkets and religious paraphernalia are for sale near the entrance to the complex, including Buddha snowglobes and stickers. A couple of shops in the village near the bus stop stock more of the same plus a bit more.

Eat

There are a couple of dhabas near the bus stop in the village. They all serve the same fare: puri in the morning, "curry" during the day, at 20 NRs a portion. Right at the beginning of the of the one street that is Lumbini village there is a rooftop restaurant 3 Foxes.

Drink

Two small shops will sell you local spirits totake out.

Sleep

Budget

  • Korean Monastery: eat and sleep for a donation; No smoking, no music.
  • Sri-Lankan Pilgrims' Rest House, about a 15 to 20 minute walk from main site.
  • Lumbini Village Lodge and Lumbini Garden Lodge (300-400 NRs) close to each other in the village.
  • Gautam Buddha Lodge (200-400 NRs) is situated in A nearby village. The owners are rude and the rooms seem to be infested with mosquitoes, spiders and cockroaches. Far from the main entrance.

Mid range

  • Pawan International Hotel, Main Road, Siddhartha Nagar, Tel:+977 71 523-680.
  • Hotel NirvanaPaklihawa rd, Siddhartha Nagar, tel: +977 71 520-837, 520-516, [2].

Splurge

  • Buddha Maya Gardens Hotel, (near Lumbini gardens), tel:+977 71 580-220.
  • Lumbini Hokke Hotel.
  • Lumbini Hotel Kasai, +977 71 580134 (), [3]. Opened in 2009 in the Lumbini Sacred Garden, this Japanese-managed hotel offer rooms with air-con, refrigerator, en-suite bathrooms, and TOTO washlet. Japanese and Indian cuisine, prepared from fresh organic vegetables direct from hotel's garden, are served in the restaurant. Airport shuttles are available.

Respect

  • Wear clothing that expresses respect for the sacred nature of the site.
  • Circumambulate the stupas and other sacred objects in a clockwise direction.
  • Preserve the peace and tranquillity.
  • Do not climb onto statues or other sacred objects.






This is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!


Variants

Actions

Destination Docents

In other languages

other sites