Lumbini is the birthplace of the Buddha, and now a world heritage site with monasteries and significant archaeological remains.
Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was born in 623 B.C. in these famous gardens, which soon became a place of pilgrimage. Among the pilgrims was the Indian emperor Ashoka, who erected one of his commemorative pillars there. The exact spot of the Buddha’s birth has been rediscovered only a century ago.
The ruins themselves are modest, but it is worth taking the time to soak up the peaceful atmosphere of the wooded park and monasteries of the single most important historical site in Nepal, and one of the most spiritual places on the Indian subcontinent.