In the foothills of the Himalayas in southern Nepal sits Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. The entirety of Lumbini is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Throughout Lumbini there are temples, monasteries, and stupas built by Buddhist communities from countries around the world, which are all located in an area surrounding the birthplace of Buddha that is known as the monastic zone. There are no shops, restaurants, or hotels allowed to be built within this sacred zone.
Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the sacred sites of Lumbini, Nepal with some of my favorite photos from the area. This was one of my favorite stops along my journey through Nepal. Regardless of religion, the concept of these communities from around the world all coming together in this one peaceful place is truly a special experience.
Temples of Lumbini, Nepal
The Birthplace of Buddha
Maya Devi Temple is an important pilgrimage center and one of the most sacred sites on earth as it is known to be the birthplace of Buddha. The archaeological remains are preserved inside the building where there are no photos allowed.
This spiritual destination is so peaceful and is full of thousands of prayer flags draped between the trees, just outside of Maya Devi Temple. Each color represents a different element – air, fire, water, wind, and earth. They are hung up high so the prayers are carried by the wind.
Where to Stay
Buddha Maya Garden Hotel is a peaceful place to rest up after a long day exploring the monastic zone of Lumbini. The service was pleasant and the food offered a refreshing variety from many of the same meals eaten along the trip. Check prices on Booking.com to find the best rates for your trip.