This was the highlight for me on my Lumbini adventures. We headed here first to beat the crowds despite our rickshaw driver advising otherwise. I didn’t mind some crowds but I heard it just gets over packed and I really wanted to enjoy it!
This is the only temple in the whole site that charges for a visit, all the rest are free. Tickets for foreigners are 200 rupees and for locals/SAARC countries it’s 30 rupees.
You cannot wear shoes inside and so you need to put your shoes in a hold outside the entrance. The grounds are pretty hot and gritty, so this is another reason to go early.
Once you get inside, you can hear the beautiful chanting from all the monks and pilgrims who visit. You’ll see big groups of people visiting to learn from Buddhist teachers and those who came for meditation.
Most base themselves around the sacred Bodhi tree to learn as this is the exact birthplace where Buddha was born. Make sure you light an incense stick and circle the tree clockwise for a small donation.
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What I loved is the beautiful colours from the monks clothes, to the flags and the people around it!
The bathing pond is so beautiful in the middle and it has cute little turtles who swim in there. Turtles are a sacred animal in Buddhist scriptures, so this is why they are placed near the site.
The temple opposite is also worth a peak inside and was the first temple ever built here. You can see some of the excavation works which revealed some ancient stone carvings. Photography is strictly prohibited inside and you must keep silence in the temple.
I really loved visiting here as it just felt so calm and peaceful. If you do nothing else in Lumbini make sure this is it !