Centuries ago, in 563 BC, one of the greatest figures in world history was born. Called Siddhartha Gautama, this man went on to become the founder of Buddhism. That’s why it is no surprise that Lumbini is a part of the World Heritage Listed. The place has a huge spiritual-cultural significance and attracts Buddhists and pilgrims from all over the world.
Highlights:The spiritual heart of Lumbini is Maya Devi Temple. This is the place where Queen Maya Devi gave birth of Gautama Buddha. Close to the place you will find pillar of Ashoka, one of the main proponents of Buddhism, along with stupas and its ancient ruins. A number of monks in saffron-robed clothing can also be seen. This temple is set in the park grounds, which is known as Lumbini Development Zone. Japanese architect Kenzo Tange began designing it in 1978 and the work is still in progress, including landscaped lakes and monasteries. When you visit here, don’t rush and take a few hours to look around.
Location: Near Bhairawa, Nepal.