Lumbini (Sanskrit for ‘the lovely’) is a Buddhist pilgrimage site located at the Nepalese town of Kapilavastu, district Rupandehi, near the Indian border. It is the place where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama (Gautam Buddha). Siddhartha Gautama lived roughly between 623 and 543 BC and he founded Buddhism as Gautam Buddha. Lumbini is located situated in the foothills of the Himalayas.
When visiting Nepal, it’s easy to set your sights firmly on Mt. Everest, Kathmandu, and Chitwan National Park – but don’t overlook the religious site of Lumbini. Lumbini is the sacred site of the birth of Sakyamuni Buddha.
Visitor can fly to Gautam Buddha Airport, Bhairahawa by a 30 minute domestic flight from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu or drive to Lumbini via Chitwan. Currently the Government of Nepal is constructing Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) near Lumbini, which might be completed by the end of 2018 (UPDATE: not completed yet). Lumbini is located only 18km away from Gautam Buddha Airport, Bhairahawa. Taxi and car are available for hire at the airport.
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