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Lumbini Monastic Site, Lumbini

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Landmark Religious Site
See the birthplace of Buddha at Lumbini Monastic Site, where you can admire monasteries and temples featuring designs from all around the world. The site combines many temples to create a huge open-air museum, with its east monastic zone dedicated to Theravada monasteries, and the west zone featuring traditional Mahayana monasteries. Keep an eye out for the many birds that inhabit the site, as well as the plentiful fish in living in a series of ponds. You can walk or rent a bike to get around the expansive complex. Use our Lumbini family vacation planner to add Lumbini Monastic Site and other attractions to your Lumbini vacation plans.
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  • The complex surrounding the Maya Devi Temple is a sprawling project and contains some fabulous temples from all traditions across the Buddhist world. Truly 'awesome'.  more »
  • Now this a very beautiful part of Lumbini... Just next to Maya Devi temple, walking distance of 15-20mins approx or u can also do cycle Rickshaw here.. Many countries have made monasteries here to sho...  more »
  • I think I had too high expectations concerning Lumbini. The site is actually a huge square compound built in the middle of a very undeveloped village-town-field area inhabited by people who look and s...  more »

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Where to stay in Lumbini

As with many important places of pilgrimage, you'll find a good mix of accommodations in Lumbini, with very basic options alongside some luxury hotels. Plenty of accommodations sit to the east of the temple complex, in the area surrounding Lumbini Market Road. Palatial hotels share streets with humble hostels, with both styles offering good access to the main attractions in town. Consider staying in one of the monasteries here for a particularly atmospheric and authentic visit, with dorm rooms available.
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