Lumbini is the place where the Gautam Buddha was born in 623BC and lived as Princess for 29years. Lumbini, Nepal; place of birth – the sanctum of the birthplace where the marker stone is preserved in Maya Devi Temple, Puskarini holy pond, The Ashoka Pillar, 25 Buddhist monasteries and monuments from around different countries in the world. High Spirit Treks & Expedition offers you "Lumbini Buddhist Circuit Tour" he pilgrimage tour consists of 6Nights and 7Days covering the routes that follow the path of Buddha - Holy and Historical sites: Namobuddha, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Niglihawa, Gotihawa, Kudan, Devdaha, Ramagram, Lumbini Museum, Buddhist university, and other historical and archaeological sites.
Namobuddha is a popular tourist destination lying on the outskirts of Kathmandu Valley. It is an important pilgrimage for Buddhists as they believe the relics of the past life of Lord Buddha lie in a monastery in Namobuddha. Namobuddha is a small hillock in Kavre district lying around 50 kilometers away from Kathmandu. Covered by pine forests and prayer flags offered by devotees, Namobuddha is home to several ancient stupas and monasteries.
Resting on a hillock 3 km west of Kathmandu, Swayambhu is one of the holiest Buddhist stupas in Nepal. It is said to have evolved spontaneously when the valley was created out of a primordial lake more than 2,000 years ago. This stupa is the oldest of its kind in Nepal and has numerous shrines and monasteries on its premises.
Built-in the shape of a mandala designed to replicate the Gyangtse of Tibet, the stupa was renovated by Licchhavi rulers in the 8th century. The location of the stupa is interesting as it once lay on the ancient trade route to Tibet and it was here that Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers for many centuries. It is one of the major pilgrimage sites for Buddhists from around the world.
Situated about 7km northeast of Taulihawa,Niglihawa is identified as the holy place where Kanakamuni Buddha was born. Emperor Asoka visited the site in 249 BC and erected the stone pillar with the inscription on it. The Asoka inscription engraved on the pillar in Brahmi script and Pali language attests to the fact that Emperor Asoka enlarged the Kanakamuni Buddha's stupa, worshiped it and erected a stone pillar to mark the birthplace of Kanakamuni Buddha on the occasion of the twentieth year of his coronation. The pillar also bears an inscription, "Om mani Padme hum and Sri Ripu Malla Chiram Jayatu 1234" of King Ripu Malla written in the year 1234 (Saka Era corresponding to 1312 AD).
Located about 5km southwest of Taulihawa, Gotihawa is identified as the holy place where Krakuchhanda Buddha was born and attained enlightenment. Emperor Asoka visited the site in 249 BC, erected the stone pillar and built a big stupa, dedicating to the Krakuchhanda Buddha.
Situated about 3km south of Taulihawa, is the ancient and historical site of Nyigrodharama, currently known as Kudan or Lori-Ki Kudan. Lord Sakyamuni Buddha met king Suddhodhana here for the first time after enlightenment. Some scholars have also identified Kudan as the natal-town of Krakuchhanda Buddha. Early Chinese travelers Fa-hsien (5th century AD) and Hiuen Tsang (7th century AD) describe several events in their travel accounts including the arrival welcoming of Lord Sakyamuni Buddha by the king Suddhodhana at the Nyigrodharama.
Devdaha is the ancient capital of Koliya Kingdom, located 7 km east of Lumbini and east of Butwal and shares a border with Nawalparasi district on the east side. It is identified as the maternal home of Queen Mayadevi, Prajapati Gautami, and Princess Yasodhara. It is believed that Prince Siddhartha had spent some years of his childhood with his step-mother/aunt Prajapati Gautami in Devdaha.
Ramagrama is located in Ramgram Municipality, in the Nawalparasi District of Nepal. This Buddhist pilgrimage site, which was constructed in some 2500 years BCE, contains relics of Gautama Buddha. According to Buddhist texts, after Buddha's Mahaparinirvana, his cremated remains were divided and distributed among the princes of eight of the sixteen mahājanapadās. Each of the princes constructed a stupa at or near his capital city, within which the respective portion of the ashes was enshrined.
Tilaurakot was the capital of the Shakya kingdom of Kapilvastu.Shakya king ruled the kingdom from the Hamsavati palace, which you can see even in these days also. Tilaurakot is 28 km west from Lumbini lies on the banks of the Bhagirathi(Banganga) river.
Located about 12km north of Taulihawa, Sagarhawa is identified as the place where the Sakyas were massacred by the King Virudhaka, the son of Prasenajita Raja of Kosala out of revenge. Later, in the memory of the noble Sakyas, hundreds of stupas were built here by their descendants. Also known as Lumbu Sagar it is 1,059 feet long and 225 feet wide.
Located 1. 4km east of Niglihawa, and about 10km northeast of Taulihawa, Araurakot is identified as the town where Kanakamuni Buddha lived, grew up, and spent his married life. It used to be a walled forest in ancient times. Today, it is a large rectangular fortified area with the remains of ancient moat and brick fortifications.