Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was born in 623 B.C. in the famous gardens of Lumbini, which soon became a place of pilgrimage. Among the pilgrims was the Indian emperor Ashoka, who erected one of his commemorative pillars there. The site is now being developed as a Buddhist pilgrimage centre, where the archaeological remains associated with the birth of the Lord Buddha form a central feature.
The Lord Buddha was born in 623 BC in the sacred area of Lumbini located in the Terai plains of southern Nepal, testified by the inscription on the pillar erected by the Mauryan Emperor Asoka in 249 BC. Lumbini is one of the holiest places of one of the world’s great religions, and its remains contain important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centres from as early as the 3rd century BC.
The complex of structures within the archaeological conservation area includes the Shakya Tank; the remains within the Maya Devi Temple consisting of brick structures in a cross-wall system dating from the 3rd century BC to the present century and the sandstone Ashoka pillar with its Pali inscription in Brahmi script. Additionally there are the excavated remains of Buddhist viharas (monasteries) of the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD and the remains of Buddhist stupas (memorial shrines) from the 3rd century BC to the 15th century AD. The site is now being developed as a Buddhist pilgrimage centre, where the archaeological remains associated with the birth of the Lord Buddha form a central feature.
Criterion (iii): As the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, testified by the inscription on the Asoka pillar, the sacred area in Lumbini is one of the most holy and significant places for one of the world’s great religions.
Criterion (vi): The archaeological remains of the Buddhist viharas (monasteries) and stupas (memorial shrines) from the 3rd century BC to the 15th century AD, provide important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centres from a very early period.
Butwal, officially Butwal Sub-Metropolitan City, is one of the twin cities of rapidly growing Butwal-Bhairahawa urban agglomeration in Nepal. The city lies in Rupandehi District on Lumbini Province and also served as the interim capital of the province for nearly 3 years, until 2020 when Deukhuri was formally voted as the capital. It was given the title “Green City of Nepal 2019”. It was also home to the administrative headquarters of Lumbini Zone. This city stands beside the bank of Tinau River, and at the northern edge of the Terai plain below the Siwalik Hills. Its name, Butwal was derived from Batauli Bazaar , the town’s oldest residential area which is located on the western bank of the Tinau river. Butwal is a lively city comprising the Panoramic views of the combination of hills and plains. Geographically, Butwal is at the intersection of Nepal’s two different National Highways, Mahendra Highway and Siddhartha Highway [read more].
Tilottama Municipality is a town in western Nepal. It was formed on May 8, 2014; when the Government of Nepal announced additional 72 municipalities, including previously-proposed 37 municipalities in line with the Local Self-governance Act, 1999. On July 25, 2014; demarcation of the municipality was done along with the assignment of new wards. The original demarcation included six existing VDCs viz. Shankarnagar VDC, Aanandaban VDC, Karahiya VDC, Makrahar VDC, Tikuligadh VDC & Madhabaliya VDC. Gangoliya VDC was later merged in the municipality on 17 September 2015. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census, it had a population of 6894 people living in 1193 individual households. As of the 2011 census, after adding Gangoliya VDC, the total population became 100,149. Tilottama Municipality is named after the local river Tilottama. Whereas, the Tilottama river was named after an Apsara named Tilottama as described in Hindu mythology. “Tila” is the Sanskrit word for sesame seed or a bit and “uttama” means better or higher [read more].
Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal with about 400,000 people in 2018. It is the starting point for most of the treks in the Annapurna area. It is a very popular location with most people staying around the beautiful Fewa Lake. Dozens of hotels and restaurants are sprouting like mushrooms everywhere, and today it is much easier to find modern amenities not common to other locations in Nepal, but Pokhara is losing its small town charm and the lakeside now feels more like Khao San Road (with all the usual: yoga, reiki, massages by blind people, overpriced souvenirs and disingenuous locals). A new international airport, scheduled for 2020, is likely to bring even more tourists, so visit before the rush. Pokhara is still beautiful and many great and genuine people can be found, but it takes some work on the traveler’s side. If you intend to stay on the lakeside road, para-glide, and trek to Annapurna, you will be getting a very inauthentic version of Nepal [read more].