Lumbini located 260 km west from Kathmandu is the birthplace of Prince Siddhartha Gautam, the Lord Buddha. Hence, it is one of the most sacred spiritual sites in the world. It is also listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO and the main attractions include more than 25 international attractive Buddhist monasteries, temple of Mayadevi, Ashoka Pillar, Yoga centre and Lumbini Garden expanded to an area of 2.56 Sq. Km.
Lord Buddha was born on 623 BC in the famous garden of Lumbini on the day of Baishakh Purnima (Full Moon day of May). It is said that the newly born prince walked seven steps and gave peace message to humanity. Today, thousands of visitors from around the world come here to study Buddhism, meditation and visit the Buddha’s birthplace itself.
Mayadevi temple that dates back to 2,200 years is one of the most important sites in the Lumbini Garden. Close to the temple is the commemorative Ashoka Pillar erected by Indian Emperor Ashoka 249 B.C. Attractive Buddhist monasteries built by countries like China, Thailand, Japan, Myanmar, Germany, etc. are other points of attractions. You can walk around the garden or find a peaceful meditative spot to contemplate. The focal point for pilgrims is a sandstone carving depicting the birth of the Buddha, reputedly left here by the Malla King Ripu Malla, in the 14th century, when Mayadevi was worshipped as an incarnation of the Hindu mother goddess.
You should not miss Lumbini, Nepal if you plan to travel on to exotic places in South Asia looking to find some Nirvana.