Thursday, October 11, 2012

Trip to Lumbini

On April 7, 2012, I got an opportunity to visit Lumbini. It is the place where I had always wanted to go. Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, is situated about 22 km from Bhairahawa. It is about 300 km west of Kathmandu and is situated in Lumbini zone where other districts like Kapilvastu, Rupandehi and Nawalparasi are also located.

I was going to this tour along with my mother and some of my relatives. We woke up early and started the most memorable trip. We reached to Narayanghat, stopped there for sometime and visited a bihar. Then we went straight to Lumbini and reached there are 6:00 pm. Then we went for an evening walk around Lumbini where there was a mela going on.

The next day, we visited the Lumbini garden. We also visited monasteries built by different countries such as Germany, USA, China, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, et cetera. Each monastery had some unique featured buildings. The best one was the German style. Then we went to the Shanti Deep (International Peace Lamp) which is situated in front of the lake. Then we walked to the amazing Mayadevi temple but sadly the terrace was closed. Then we went to Kapilvastu and Tilaurakot where Gautam Buddha lived as a child where we saw the remains of the place. After all this travelling, we went to stay in a guest house .

Next day, early in the morning, we went to Ramgram, the stupa which contains Lord Buddha’s asti (relics). And then, after a long ride singing and making jokes on the way, we journey out way back to Kathmandu. Thus, ended my most memorable journey to Lumbini.

— Bhumika Shree


Class IX, St Mary’s High School

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