Day trip to Lumbini is starting from Kathmandu by flight. It is 40 minutes flight to Bhairahawa domestic airport and another 45 minutes drive to Lumbini, the main place of Buddha birth. 4 to 5 hours time is good enough to visit Lumbini. The major visiting places are Maya Devi Temple, Ashoka Pillar, Banyan tree (Bodhi). A purification pond near the Maya Devi temple where queen May Devi is said to have bath and given birth her son. Visit ancient Stupas and Monastic zone, eternal flame area, world peace stupa and main gate area. Nepal Highland Treks provide a local export tour guide in Lumbini with private car to drive from to Airport. If you wish to spend one full day at Lumbini, there are time to spend in many sites, temples, monasteries inside Lumbini garden.
Lumbini day Tour Itinerary from Kathmandu
07:00 Am: After breakfast in your Hotel, Drive to domestic airport of Kathmandu.
08:20: Fly to Bhairahawa airport which takes 25 minutes.
08:45: Guide from Nepal Highland Treks receive you from airport and drive together to Lumbini. It is about 25 kilometer takes 1 hour.
09:30: Visit major places with our guide. Lumbini garden. Maya Devi Temple, Ashoka Pillar, Bodi Tree, Holy Pond, Peace Flam, Monasteries zone build by different countries and world peace stupa. The first section tour is by walking and second section tour is by local tuktuk (Rickshaw)
15:00 PM: Stars driving back to Bhairahawa Airport for your fly back to Kathmandu.
17: 15: Fly back to Kathmandu which takes 25 minutes
18: 05: Pickup from airort and transfer to your hotel around Thamel
Cost for one day Lumbini tour
USD 330 for single person
USD 290 per person based on 2 pax group
USD 265 per person based on 3 pax group
Tour cost including:- Kathmandu airport drop and pickup, Airport pickup and drop in Lumbini, both way flight tickets, Guide, Entrance fee and Tuktuk drive inside Lumbini Garden (Your tour in Lumbini is half walking and half Tuktuk riding)
Tour cost excluding: Your Lunch and drinks, Personal expenses, any tipping for guide
Also find combining tour plan of 7 days of Buddhist Pilgrimage sights including Lumbini in Nepal. We can provide you chance to join other peoples so that tour cost reduce by sharing transporation and guide.
Optional itinerary with driving tour to Lumbini can design either from Kathmandu or from Pokhara.
Day 01: Drive to Lumbini with private transportation or tourist bus from Kathmandu/ Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel. It is 9 hours drive from Kathmandu and 8 hours drive from Pokhara. If you hire private car, you will have time to visit Lumbini same day and next day morning.
Day 02: Visit Lumbini and around. Drive back to Kathmandu or Pokhara again with your private car. If you drive with bus, you will have whole day visit today in Lumbini and next day morning drive back again to Kathmandu or Pokhara. Option to take bus toward Indian boarder.
Lumbini Day tour from Pokhara
05:00 am: Early in the morning 5am start driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu. It is about 5 hours drive via Palpa, Siddhababa
10:00 am: Reach Lumbini garden at around 10am. Visit around with local TUKTUK and our guide up to 2pm
2:00 pm: Start driving back to Pokhara and transfer to your hotel. By 7pm, you will reach at Pokhara
Extend one day tour in Lumbini and include Kapilabhastu, Gotihawa, Niglihawa and Kudan.
Kapilavastu is the name of the ancient Sakya city “The royal family of Lord Buddha” where Siddhartha Gautama, also known as the Buddha, was raised and lived until the age of 29. At Kapilavastu, the Lord Gautama Buddha was grown up and led a family life with his wife and son till he left for Nirvana. The place is about 25 kilometers east of Lumbini (the birthplace of the Siddhartha Gautama). Shakya capital (Kapilavastu) has a rich history and several stories related to faith and believe are narrated here by the locals. The stories are centuries old. There are many ancient archaeological sites situated in a 10 kilometer circle around.
Kapilvastu Kingdom Complex
Gotihawa lies 5-km southwest of Taulihawa town and is considered the natal town of Krakuchanda Buddha. The place has ruins of ancient habitation, stupas and monasteries. The place was visited by Ashoka as evidenced by a pillar with inscriptions. The pillar is broken with the upper part missing.
Araurakot lies about 9-km northeast of Tilaurakot. P.C. Mukheiji (1899) identified it as the natal town of Kanakmuni Buddha. It is a rectangular fortified area that contains a moat with heaps of ancient ruins.
Kundan is located 2-km southwest of Taulihawa on way to Gotihawa. It is a beautiful protected garden area with large structural ruins of monasteries and stupas and with a tank nearby. This is considered the historical sight where Lord Buddha, returning after many years preached, and where his father, ?uddhodana, was converted to Buddhism.
Niglihawa 7-km northwest of Tilaurakot, was another site visited by Ashoka and marked with a pillar. The pillar is broken into two pieces. The standing base pillar has Ashokan inscription in Brahmi script and the upper pillar has Devanagari inscription marking Ripu Mai's visit in 1312 AD. There are ruins of monasteries, stupas and habitation. It is identified as ancient town of Sobhawati, birthplace of Kanakmuni Buddha.
Sagarhawa lies 3.5 km north of Tilaurakot and west of Banganga river. It is a rectangular depression. Excavations done in 1896 traced seventeen stupas and large monuments made from well-burnt bricks. Findings of casket and other rare antiquities indicate them to be votive stupas of the war dead. However, these stupas remain no more as they were excavated to their foundation without restoration.
(Info from wikitravel.org)
Every Day Departure date.
Choose your own suitable date for Lumbini Day tour. You do not need to look for other peoples to join or look for our fixed departure date. We may join you in small group tour or may make your own private tour.
Lumbini is low land region of Nepal. Temperature is hot during March to November month. Not to bring heavey bag with clothes. wear light cloth suitable for hot temperature. During June july and August rainy season and suggest to bring an umbrella with you. December to February is cold temperature in Lumbini. Go there with warm clothes.
We were lucky enough to get on time flight from Kathmandu to Lumbini and back to Kathmandu also. I was important for us to get there to visit Maya Devi temple, Meditation under bodi tree and visit Vietnamese Pagoda. Remarkable visit with our vietnamese Guru in the Pagoda and listen him. Thank you Hemanta for arranging this tour for us. Specially your guide there in Lumbini provide us very good about Buddha and history.
- Hieu Kien, Viet Nam
It was my immediate plan. Was looking for a tour and wanted to be Buddha place. Found Nepal Highland treks in internet. They are very fast in reply and have complete itinerary in their web about Lumbini visit. Single day plan was worth to start from Kathmandu after my breakfast and return to Kathmandu evening before dinner. They take care my all arrival and departure nicely. Guide in Lumbini was informatics and looks professional. I took tuktuk riding tour inside Lumbini Garden as a man from company suggest me before my flight there which does not cost me more. Visiting places there was quite big with lovely monasteries makes 4/5 hours busy, decorative and clean area accept dirt and bumpy road from Airport to Lumbini.
- MEGAN STEWART FISSEL, United States
I booked and did a day tour to Lumbini on 9th December 2018. It was my big chance to visit this blessed place within by short time. Nepal Highland Treks organized it in very well way. Picked me on time from my hotel, Guide was helpful and experience in Lumbini. I got enough time to visit the place even though my flight got 3 hours delay from Kathmandu. Thank you for trusting me as well. I was not paying advance amount to these guy but they bought air ticket and manages all other arrangement an advance.
- Thiloma Nirmala, Sri Lanka