Lumbini (Sanskrit for "the lovely") is the birthplace of the Buddha and the source not just of one of the world’s primary religions, but is also the site of one of Nepal's most significant archeological attractions. It is a major sight of pilgrimage for Buddhists.
The area around Lumbini is close to the border with India and has long been a predominantly Muslim region, but for over thirty years the area has been developed as a religious park.Temples and monasteries from around the Buddhist world have been built within the park, and the protected wetlands and forests of the park have attracted many birds and animals. At the centre of the park, the Maya Devi Mandir marks the site of the birthplace of the Buddha, and is the oldest archeological site in Nepal, dating from 300 BC. There are also several archeological and pilgrimage sites relating to the Buddha’s life around Lumbini.
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Time: GMT +5.45 hours
There are several airlines flying to Nepal via the Middle East with flight times of 10 to 15 hours depending on the length of the stopover.
Language: Nepali is the official language and there are many other minority languages. English is widely spoken by people involved in the travel industry.
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There are no compulsory vaccinations.