Government of Nepal has announced year 2012 as “Visit Lumbini Year 2012″. Lumbini is the distinguished place around the world as birth place of Lord Buddha. Furthermore, Lumbini has been enlisted as UNESCO Community History in world heritage site. This sacred pilgrimage spot is located in the south-west of Nepal. Large scale of Buddhists devotees and people of all walks of life from around the world pay visit to this sacred pilgrimage destination.
Himalayan Kingdom has been blessed with lots of natural beauty ranges from greeneries to immaculate laughing mountains including highest peak in the world Mount Everest and world’s famous heritage sites such as Lumbini, birthplace of Lord Buddha, National Parks and etc. Nepal, a cultural rich and diversified country offers a lot to the tourist.
Nepal is a tiny country but famous for its culture, peaks and heritage sites. Mount Everest and Lumbini are known as two major attractions of Nepal. Mount Everest is known as the roof of the world or tallest mountain in the world whereas Lumbini is known as the example of Peace. This beautiful country, Nepal is undergoing peace process after having bitter taste of decade long civil war.
Thus, Nepal Government is eager to promote and develop Lumbini pilgrimage as the Foremost Image for World’s Peace with the help of “Visit Lumbini Year 2012″ champaign. Moreover, Nepal Government has been planning to develop Lumbini as one of the most centralized and modern Buddhism touristic hub of the world. Tourism in 2011 attracted large scale of Buddhist pilgrimages to the birthplace of Buddha, Lumbini. It is believed that, with the help of “Visit Lumbini Year 2012″ champaign, travel 2012 will even increase number of pilgrimage Buddhist enjoying Lumbini tour, culture trip, information on Buddha by visiting several Buddhist places.
We at Lumle Holidays believe that, peace and prosperity is a dire necessity for people of all walks of life. There, we are delighted to be a part of this congregation to celebrate year 2012 as “Visit Lumbini Year 2012″.
Key places to see around Lumbini:
Although, Lumbini offers numerous sightseeing spots, some of the key spots that you should not miss whilst you visit the birthplace of Buddha.
Maya Devi Temple: The Maya Devi temple is recognised as one of the most important temple amongst the sites that are enlisted in ancient heritages. This temple is located within the Lumbini garden. The temple comprises ancient idol of Maya Devi, the Birth Marker Stone and the ruins from 3rd century BC to 7th century BC. The interior of the temple reflects peace and tranquillity.
Ashok Pillar: The Ashok Pillar is known as an important historical monument located in Lumbini garden. It is believed that, distinguished Maurya; emperor Ashok of Magadh from India had ordered the pillar to be erected in 249 BC while on a Buddhist pilgrimage of the birthplace of Buddha. Emperor Ashok had erected the pillar along with a stone tablet that has caption stating “Shakyamuni Buddha was born here”.
Holy Pushkirini Lake: This Lake is known as holy lake where, Lord Buddha’s mother has taken bath prior to giving birth to Lord Buddha. It is traditionally speculated that Lord Buddha was bathed with the water from the same lake after his birth.
Birth Marker Stone: The birth marker stone was unearthed in 1996 AD during an archeological; marks the birthplace of Lord Buddha. It is preserved in the Maya Devi Temple attached in a glass box.
Lumbini Museum: Lumbini museum is famous for housing historical artifacts viz clothes, coins, idols and other many more items that are related to the birthplace of lord Buddha, information on Buddha, Buddhism pilgrimage.
World Peace Stupa: This stupa was built in Lumbini to spread the message of peace, friendship and goodwill in the world. Furthermore, it’s aim also focused to raise awareness to keep the earth pure and clean. The stupa is 41.5 meter tall; considered as one of the major attractions of Lumbini.
World Peace Flame: The eternal World Peace Flame is another major attraction of the Lumbini. It is located in the centre of Lumbini garden. It is believed that, the flame was lighted on 1st November, 1986 AD by the then Prince Gyanendra Shah; stays alighted 24 hours a day. The flame that represents peace and fraternity in the world was brought from the United States of America as part of the celebration of the International Peace Year.
Lumle Holidays, the fastest growing tour company offers wide ranges of holiday packages to Nepal covering this coveted destination Buddha Lumbini. Whether you are interested to explore Buddhism or keen to support “Visit Lumbini Year 2012″ champaign by visiting Lumbini, why not, you visit www.lumle.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about Lumbini.