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Lumbini Yoga Tour

Overview – Lumbini Yoga Tour

Lumbini Yoga Tour
Lumbini Tour

Lumbini Yoga Tour is mainly a spiritual tour in the place where Buddha was born more than two centuries ago. Being a spiritual place, Lumbini Yoga Tour is a very effective tour for doing yoga, Pranayam and meditation. Buddha’s teaching focuses on doing everything for a yogic purpose. According to Buddhist philosophy, we should try to be in meditative mood whatever we do. This yoga tour will be beneficial for our mental peace because Buddha is known as the ambassador of peace of Asia.

Among the many religions of the world, Buddhism stands higher in the majority and in popularity. As a progenitor of Buddhism, more than 2500 years ago, a child named Siddhartha Gautama was born in the palace of the Shakya Kingdom to the east of Kapilvastu where present Lumbini has situated this tour is for this Lumbini Yoga tour. The child as being the prince by birth was certain would be King of the kingdom. However, the journey didn’t continue that way. The monarch rather converted into a monk. The monk realized the nirvana (enlightenment) in his mid-thirties. The enlightened being was known as the Buddha, the trail-blazer of Buddhism in the world. For Hindu pilgrims, Buddha is the eighth incarnation of Lord Bishnu. Relying on that belief, he is worshipped mutually by Hindu and Buddhist even though Buddhism and Hinduism have distinct philosophy and rituals.

Explore Lumbini: World Heritage Site And Buddha Birthplace

Lumbini Buddha Birthplace
Birthplace of Buddha

The holy land of Buddhism and the birth of place of Buddha called Lumbini is located at about 22 kilometres to the west of Bhairahawa. Lumbini lies around central southern lowland of Nepal named Rupandehi district. In this Lumbini Yoga Tour, we will complete the 4.8-kilometre distance covered by Lumbini.

As the World Heritage Site welcomed by UNESCO in 1997 AD, Lumbini has covered the area of 4.8 kilometres of length and 1.6 kilometres width. The ancient architect and shrine called Maya Devi Temple is located at the centre of the big ground. Maya Devi Temple is believed to be the place where his mother Queen Maya Devi had given birth to Siddhartha Gautama. Besides the temple, there is located nearby the pond where Buddha’s mother would bath and he also had performed his first bath in this holy pond. The shadow of a magnanimous Bodhi tree also called Pipal in Nepali falls on the pond.

The Ashoka pillar located to the very west of the Maya Devi Temple is said to be the evidence of the visit of Maurya Samrat Ashoka in this hallowed land. Lumbini Yoga tour consists of visiting multi-dozens monasteries and stupas in its precinct that you shouldn’t be surprised if you don’t complete your visit in a day. The Lumbini yoga tour has been separated in two sections. The west section is for the Mahayan and Vajrayan tradition of Buddhism whereas the east zone of lumbini tour has been occupied by the construction and monasteries of the Theravadin tradition.

The monasteries and stupas constructed by different Buddhist countries and sects are erected all around the site will be visited during this Lumbini Yoga Tour. Moreover, the number of monuments and monasteries are still in under construction.

Some Important Things To See in Lumbini Yoga Tour

1. Maya Devi Temple

Maya Devi Temple
Lumbini Maya Devi Mandir

The interesting part of Lumbini Yoga Tour, The white coloured shrine is located to the west of the main gate where you buy a ticket. Keeping your shoes outside before entering into the garden of the Maya Devi Temple, you would get enthralled by the quietude and cleanliness. The present-day Maya Devi Temple is believed to be the place where Buddha was born. To make the belief stronger, sandstone carving the birth of the Buddha has been protected there. The sandstone is believed to be brought here by Ripu Malla, the Malla king of Kathmandu valley, in 14thcentury, the epoch Maya Devi used to be worshipped as the incarnation of the Hindu Goddess. Within in a showcase of glass, a stone has been preserved beneath the sandstone which is regarded as the stone of the era of Buddha and the location where Buddha was born.

The excavation conducted in the temple shows the sign of timber structure laid beneath the walls of the newer brick structure. Above all, the essence and existence of Maya Devi Temple is as important as the significance and veneration of the Buddha and Buddhism has.

2. Ashoka Pillar

Pillar Of Ashoka
Ashoka Pillar

Maurya Samrat Ashoka is dated to have visited this blessed land in 249 BC. In honour and remembrance of his visit, King Ashoka constructed a pillar. For centuries, the place remained unknown and undiscovered. In 1896, archaeologist Khadga Samsher Rana and his colleague Alois Anton Fuhrer discovered the pillar which became strong evident that Lumbini was the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Besides Maya Devi Temple, a 6-meter tall sandstone pillar stands still adoring the charm and magnificence of the site of this Lumbini Yoga Tour.

3. The World Peace Pagoda

As a peace lover, if anything would allure you the most by its magnificent architect and the serene vibration that would be the World Peace Pagoda. In spite of being away from the main compound of the site, it attracts many pilgrims and people to enjoy its tranquil wave and energy. From a considerable distance, you would see a gleaming and illuminating white monument. The few minutes of walking distance from the shrine, you would see golden statue glittering on the middle section of the Pagoda. That is the sculpture of Buddha depicting the time of his birth according to the Japanese Buddhists who donated for the construction of this mesmerizing site.

Itinerary Of Lumbini Yoga Tour

Day 01: Arriving day in Kathmandu

This is your first day in Nepal for 7 days Lumbini yoga tour. When you will get down at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will come to the office in Goldhungga. You will e welcomed in the office. The office will manage all the accommodation and dinner. You will be informed about the whole package of our 7 days Lumbini Yoga Tour in the office.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley Tour

We will do yoga in the morning before breakfast.

On this second day of our 7 days Lumbini Yoga Tour, we will have a guided tour of Kathmandu valley. We will visit UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites with our fluent English speaking tour guide. Among 10 world heritage sights of Nepal, 8 are situated in three districts of Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur. Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, and Swoyambhunath Stupa are the most famous of all sites we will visit. The monuments of the Durbar Squares are also culturally and aesthetically important where we will be during our tour. After visiting the sites, you will be dropped to the hotel. Your overnight will be very amazing with a lot of curiosity and calm in the hotel.

We will practice Pranayam and meditation in the evening.

Day 03: Fly/Drive To Lumbini

We will do yoga in the morning before breakfast.

Flight from Kathmandu to Bhairahawa takes 35 mints and from there it is 30 mints drive to Lumbini. One can also drive to Lumbini (321 km / 8 hrs) from Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel

We will practice Pranayam and meditation in the evening.

Day04: Lumbini Tour

We will do yoga in the morning before breakfast.

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Lumbini is developed under a master plan in the area of 6 Km x 2 km. We will start our tour from the ‘New Tourist village and visit the World peace pagoda and museum. This is also the pilgrimage concept of the master plan to introduce Buddhism and purify the mind through the monastic zone. Monasteries of Mahayani and Teravadi Buddhism are spread across the cannon. Finally visit the Mayadevi temple protecting the ‘Marker Stone’, Statue of the nativity scene and ruins of old temple walls dating from 3rd BC to 12 AD. Asoka pillar still displays the inscriptions explaining his visit to the birthplace of Buddha.

We will practice Pranayam and meditation in the evening.

Day 05: Religious and Archaeological sites of Kapilavastu

We will do yoga in the morning before breakfast.

Drive and visit religious and archaeological sites of Tilaurakot, Gotihawa, Kudan, Niglihara and Sagarhawa. Tilaurakot is the ancient Kapilavastu – the capital of Shakyas, where Buddha spent his first 29 years. Kudan was where Buddha was received by his father after his access to enlightenment. King Suddhodana specially built the Kudan (Nigrodharma Park) for the accommodation of the Buddha and his followers. Gotihawa is the birthplace of Krakuchanda Buddha. Niglihawa is where Kanakmuni Buddha was born. Sagarhawa is the archaeological findings as “place of the massacre of the Shakyas”. Overnight in Lumbini

We will practice Pranayam and meditation in the evening.

Day 06: Devdaha – Ramgram

We will do yoga in the morning before breakfast.

Drive and visit religious and archaeological sites at Devdaha and Ramagram. Devdaha is the ancient capital of the Koliya kingdom. It is the maternal hometown of Queen Mayadevi (mother), Prajapati Gautami (stepmother), Princess Yasodhara (consort) and where Prince Siddhartha had spent his childhood. Ramgrama is the brick mound on the bank of the Jharahi River. It is seven-meter high brick stupa consisting of relic (one of the eight asthi dhatu) of Lord Buddha. The Stupa was built by the king of Ramgrama, who was the eighth king to obtain the Buddha’s relics.

We will practice Pranayam and meditation in the evening.

Day 07: Back to Kathmandu

Your 7th day of Lumbini Yoga Tour will be the day of returning to Kathmandu.