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Lumbini is believed to be the place where Siddharta Gautama - Buddha was born. For many years those who made the long journey to Lumbini found there was not a lot there! The Maya Devi Temple, the Ashokan Pillar, some Tibetan stuff and that was about it. How things have changed since.
Plans were drawn up in the late 1970's by a Japanese architect to make Lumbini a place of both pilgrimage and a toursit attraction too. So now there's a Japanese stupa, a Burmese style pagoda, a Chinese style temple, some fairly formal gardens and a museum. The exact spot where Buddha is said to have been born hasn't been moved to make way for the newer developments.
As you may have perhaps noticed from the map below, Lumbini isn't exactly close enough to the other places we recommend visiting in Nepal and it's on the Terai too, so a long way from the Himalayas. However it is possible to fly from Kathmandu to an airport about 15 miles from Lumbini.
It is of course a major pilgrimage place for Buddhists and perhaps observing the faithful is the most interesting activity in Lumbini if Buddhism and spirituality isn't your thing. It is Buddhism and spirituality that are invariably the principle motivations to visit the UNSECO World Heritage Site of Lumbini.
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