Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha is missing tourists this year due to the global pandemic situation. Otherwise, thousands of Indians visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site annually.
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Buddhism is based on the philosophy around the preaching of Gautama Buddha about 2600+ years ago. Buddha was born as a prince and later became a monk in…
2018 Lumbini International Steering Committee Meeting at the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha in Lumbini, Nepal; Unesco
Following the last cross-cutting Lumbini International Steering Committee meeting which took place in Lumbini in February 2017, this year’s meeting will be held from 21 to 23 February 2018 as a continuation of this successful process.
Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1997, the property ‘Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha’ is located in western Nepal. Lumbini’s spiritual significance and its rich archaeological remains demonstrate that it is not only the birthplace of the Buddha, but that it has also been a place of holy pilgrimage for thousands of years. Since 2010, the UNESCO/Japan Funds-in-Trust (FiT) project ‘Strengthening the Conservation and Management of Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha, World Heritage Property’ has supported the conservation and management of the property, and the first phase was carried out between July 2010 and July 2013. The Lumbini Phase II project began in 2014, with the overall objective of enabling the national authorities to take a proactive and sustainable approach to protecting and managing the World Heritage property, while safeguarding the cultural assets of the greater Lumbini area, in particular of Ramagrama and Tilaurakot.
Nepal draws visitors who come for a variety of reasons. Some are lured by the call of the mountains and seeking to climb or trek in the Himalayas, others are intrigued by the culture and the famous city of Kathmandu, and yet others come hoping to find some sort of spiritual awakening. Nepal can be an adrenaline adventure, a cultural eye opener, or a life-changing experience, depending on the itinerary and mindset of the traveler.
Most visitors will spend some time in Kathmandu visiting sacred and historic attractions, and then head out into other parts of the country. Some of the most popular locations outside of the capital are Chitwan National Park for wildlife viewing, and the lakeside town of Pokhara, a popular area for starting treks. Trekkers will find a variety of options, with the most popular areas being…..
When you think of Nepal, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
Let me help you, greenery, mountains, trekking, Sherpas, yaks, mountain lakes? What else?
Located between India and China, Nepal is a small beautiful country. Influenced by the cultures around it, Nepal is an exotic amalgamation of diversities.
My list could go on. But to say the least, I could summarize 23 reasons you must visit Nepal. So the next time you ask, ‘Why Nepal?, ask yourself, ‘Why not?’.
1. Adventure Hub
For all you adrenaline junkies out there, Nepal is the smallest country that has the largest number of activities. Whether you are traveling solo or with your partner, Nepal has it all.
You can go alone for the more ambitious ventures.
After two nights in Chitwan, it was time to say farewell to this fantastic UNESCO World Heritage site and head off in search of more of Nepal!
Our next stop was a very important one for Buddhists, not just in Nepal, but across the world – the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha.
Our journey was peppered with lots of little stops for tea breaks, stretching our legs and the occasional photo stop.
We weaved through the edges of mountains (some of which were kinda scary at times) and past little villages as we made our way over to Lumbini.
Once we arrived in Lumbini, we checked into our hotel, the Buddha Maya Gardens by KGH Hotels and Resorts.
Lumbini located on the southwestern region of Nepal, along the Terai lowlands is a subtropical area located close to India border. As an important pilgrimage site, the entire area is a Unesco World Heritage site along with other world Buddhist organizations that have created monasteries in honor of the Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini. Born in the famous gardens of Lumbini around 563 BCE, Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama who later became enlightened around 528 BCE. The holy site is commemorated with a large stone pillar that was erected by the Indian emperor Ashoka in 249 BC along with early temples, viharas (monasteries) and shrines dating from the 3rd BC to 15th century AD. This entire site was eventually certified as a Unesco World Heritage site in 1997.
WHILE Singapore has enjoyed haze-free air in May, the skies aren’t as blue on the other side. Thick smog hanging over cities has become the norm these days.
Pollution is becoming an increasingly deadly problem and the degree to which this issue is overlooked is unsettling. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported (Mar 6) that environmental risks, such as air pollution and unsafe water, take the lives of 1.7 million children under 5 years old every year. And this past week, many countries received grim reminders of just how severe the problem is.
1. London, UK: No fresh air to go with your tea and crumpets
Clean air is harder to come by in the United Kingdom (UK) than other comparable countries such as Sweden and the United States (US).
The historic site of Buddha’s birthplace in Nepal faces a serious threat from air pollution, scientists and officials have warned.
Recent data collected from air quality monitoring stations in five places across the country show Lumbini is highly polluted.
The warnings have come amid expanding industrialisation near the sacred site.
It is already located in a pollution hotspot on the Gangetic plains.
For the month of January, fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in Lumbini, in southwest Nepal, was measured at 173.035 micrograms per cubic metre.
The reading for the neighbouring town of Chitwan was 113.32 and the capital, Kathmandu, which is known for its high pollution levels, was at 109.82.
The World Health Organization (WHO) safe limit for the pollutant is 25 micrograms per cubic metre and the Nepal government has set the national standard at 40.
Lumbini – at the edge of Indian Nepal Border is the birthplace of Buddha. It is one of the four important places associated with Buddha along with Bodh Gaya, Sarnath & Kushinagar.
Lumbini – well the story of Buddha begins here – somewhere in a sacred garden between the homes of both his parents. Yes, Buddha was born while his mother was traveling to her parental home.
At Lumbini, it is not Buddha but his mother Maya Devi who is celebrated. She is best known for two scenes in the story of Buddha – one when she dreamt of a white elephant that indicated the conception of the great one. Second, when she was on her way from her husband King Sudhodhan of Sakya clan to her parents’ home in Devdaha for the delivery.
Members of the Lumbini International Scientific Committee (ISC) gathered at Lumbini, Birthplace of the Lord Buddha (Nepal), a World Heritage site, from 17 to 19 February 2017, to review project activities and coordinate initiatives carried out by the Government of Nepal, development partners, and donors.
International and national experts in archaeology, conservation, urban planning, the environment and heritage management exchanged with representatives of the local Buddhist community on safeguarding of the site, the development of the Greater Lumbini Area, and protection of its archaeological sites and natural surroundings.
The meeting was held in the framework of a UNESCO project funded by the Japanese Government, which aims to strengthen conservation and management of Lumbini.
The 2017 Lumbini International Steering Committee (ISC) Meeting will be taken place from 17 to 19 February 2017 in Lumbini, Nepal.
In January 2015, a very first cross-cutting Lumbini ISC Meeting was jointly organized in Lumbini by the Nepali authorities and UNESCO, bringing together high-level officials of the Nepali Government, representatives of the local authorities, international experts, representatives of UNESCO and the Donor country, various NGOs, and representatives of the Buddhist community from Lumbini and Kathmandu. Together, they worked on finding solutions for a holistic approach to property management, adequately linking preservation imperatives and development requirements, and started a regular consultation process.