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Mar 26, 2019 - Lumbini

Morning drive to Lumbini took about 5 hours. Lumbini is known as the birth place of Lord Buddha - founder of Buddhism, and is a major pilgrimage site. Lumbini has a number of older temples, including the Mayadevi Temple, and various new temples, funded by Buddhist organisations from various countries, have been completed or are still under construction. Many monuments, monasteries and a museum, and the Lumbini International Research Institute are also within the holy site. Also, there is the Puskarini, or Holy Pond, where the Buddha's...

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Oct 18, 2018 - Nepal Nirvana - October 18, 2018 Tansen to Lumbini

This morning the haze over the Annapurnas allows a slight glimpse of the mountains, but it doesn't really show on camera. Too bad. After breakfast we jump in the van and complete our journey over the hills, twisting and turning around hairpin turns, past small villages and then suddenly it is like the hills vanished and we were on the flats! We stopped for a tea break, and again the kitchen was closed due to 'The Festival' so we had cold drinks and moved on. Just as quickly as the hills vanished earlier, they reappeared and we were gaining...

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Feb 19, 2013 - Leaving India for Nepal

Tuesday 19th February Today we started at 6:00am and set off by coach to Nepal, with an estimate that we would arrive at 5:00pm. Unfortunately the coach was quite old with poor suspension, the roads were even poorer - pot holes all the way. And the driver set of at a furious pace and drove very aggressively. All in all, it meant a very uncomfortable journey. But we won't dwell on that as everything else has been fascinating so far. Needless to say we did get to the Nepalese border, and we did manage the formalities and they let us in, and...

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Apr 5, 2011 - Lumbini

Toujours dans le Terai, nous allons vers l'est, au village de Lumbini. D'après les textes anciens et par la suite cela a été confirmée géologiquement, Lumbini serait l'endroit exacte ou la princesse Maya Devi aurait donné naissance a celui que le monde connu sous le nom de "Boudha", quelques 563 ans avant notre ère. Aujourd'hui Lumbini n'est qu'un petit village poussiéreux ou les habitants vivent leur vie de tous les jours, mais il y a aussi l'enceinte du "Master Plan". C'est un projet disigné par un japonais en 1978 et qui consiste au...

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Mar 11, 2011 - Lumbini

So, I made it to Nepal yesterday afternoon. I took the 3pm bus from Agra, arrived in Gorakhpur at 9am the next day then took a bus to the Nepali border at 9:30am and arrived at the border about 12:30. I went through Indian formalities and then crossed the border and got my Nepali visa. Afterwards I took a cycle rickshaw to the town of Bhairawa and waited for an hour for a bus to Lumbini. The bus took an hour to get here, then I had to go to ATM to get Nepali money and then find a room. The first room I found, I checked in, put my stuff in...

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Kia Shnette 2010

Nov 19, 2010 - Lumbini (Geburtsort des Buddha)

Hier wurde ca. 550 v. Chr. der historische Buddha geboren. Der ihm zu Ehren erbaute tempelkomplex ist riesig und wunderschoen, teils aber noch im Bau, bzw. wieder verlassen wirkend. Genossen haben wir eher das Velofahren am Lande und die Alltagsszenen hier. Im einzigen, fuer unsre Maegen empfehlenswerten, Restaurant des Ortes warfen sie uns um 21h00 hinaus. Der Strom, der hier nur von 1800- 21h00 per Dieselgeneratoren erhaeltlich ist, wuerde nun abgestellt, der Ortskern glich einer Geisterstadt, also gut: Schlafenszeit. Warmwasser hat der...

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May 19, 2010 - To Buddha's birthplace

Another early start. Onto our bus and travel for five hours in a westerly direction to Lumbini. Immediately noticeable that the people here are of Indian descent. Seems to be an increase in the use of bicycles too. We come out of the hills of the national park and the land is now very flat. Lots and lots of tractors both old and new. Some of them are pulling huge trailers and others pulling ploughs and tillers. We wonder how they can afford them. Wide dry gravely rivers. Here we are put up in another camp. As it is not the tourist season...

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Mar 21, 2010 - Bhairawa/Lumbini,arriving in Nepal

10 h drive to the border in a piping hot bus...not very pleasant. first time to go for an indian toilet...not much fun either...although it's just the technique really...there will be more to practice ;-) the formalities at the border...hilarious! a wooden table in the shade...that'll have to do! :-D

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Dec 2, 2008 - NEPAL / Lumbini

Namaste, Welcome to NEPAL, Apres nous etre rendu le plus loin possible pres de la frontiere avec le train, il nous manquait quelques 100 bornes pour quitter definitivement l'Inde. Apres avoir branche un couple de Catalans dans le train, j'avais entendu parler a Vanarasi d'un plan Jeep qui nous conduirait a la frontiere. Nous etions 12 dans une jeep a 8 places et avons perdu 2 fois les baggages sur le toit ... Lumbini est la ville sainte la plus sacree dans le monde Buddhiste. Buddha y est ne. Ville en pleine expansion, avec de nombreux...

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May 29, 2008 - Lumbini

A bit of luck on the train from Delhi, I managed to land myself in the poshest compartment on the train shared with an aimeable Indian bloke who insisted on sharing his whiskey with me. It would have been rude to say no. I exchanged the train for a bonecrusher of a bus at Gorakhpur and met an Aussie called Emma, and the two of us as it turned out hung out together until Kathmandu. We noticed an immediate difference once in Nepal: there's less people, alcohol seems to be everywhere, the holy cow is back on the menu, and the Nepalis seem to...

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Where's Malcolm?

Oct 17, 2007 - Birthplace of the Buddha

Siddhartha Guatma, Lord Buddha In the little dusty village of Lumbini, which straddles the border between Nepal and India, sits one of the most important historical sites in the world. Though you wouldn't know to look at it, (and most certainly not from the day that we visited), this site has become one of the most famous pilgrimage sites, for any religion. Next to a tranquil pond, in an uninspiring red brick building sits the rock upon which Siddhartha Gutama, who later in life reached enlightnement and became the Buddha, was born. On the...

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May 30, 2007 - Lumbini: The Birthplace of Buddha (Laura & Matt)

Laura: We excitedly board the bus bound for Lumbini and meet a man from New Zealand (John). I am literally shocked to see another westerner as I really didn't think anyone would stick it out in Tansen like we did. We chat with him during the bus trip and for the few days in Lumbini as well and learn that his experience was like ours, but he stuck it out for four days! We have come to Lumbini to see the birthplace of Buddha. There are four places that were important to Buddha and the Buddhist religion: Lumbini (his birthplace), Kushinagar...

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