Mountain Vehicle Nepal offers Kathmandu Lumbini Tour is a short tour and popular holidays tour in Nepal.
Duration: 3 days
Distance: 520 km round trip
Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, lies in the southern region of Nepal – near the Nepal-India border. The southern region of Nepal, also called Terai, is a densely vegetated flat land which stretches all the way to India. The key attractions in Lumbini are the Maya Devi Temple complex inside the Lumbini Development Trust Zone and archaeological sites in Kapilvastu.
The one-way drive to 9-10 hrs long, hence an early start (06:00) is advisable. After exiting Kathmandu at the Nagdhunga checkpoint, the route follows the Prithvi Highway till Mugling and the East-West highway further on to Lumbini.
There is plenty to see and experience on the drive; beautiful lush-green rolling hills on the other side of the river, river valleys and serpentine sculpted canyon formed by Trishuli and Seti Gandaki rivers, scattered villages and pockets of highway towns, and local produce, from vegetables to fruits to fresh fish, are sold by locals, small tea houses and eateries.
Once at Lumbini, you might want to rest for the day following the long drive, plus there isn’t much to do at night in the conservative Muslim populated region. After a good rest, early morning would be a great time to visit Ashok Pillar, Myanmar Golden Temple, Maya Devi Temple, World Peace Pagoda, Lumbini Museum, China Temple followed by the relics and archaeological sites at Kapilvastu.
Highways in Nepal aren’t always top-notch so a comfortable ride is a must. We suggest a sedan for up to 3 people, an SUV/jeep for up to 6, a Hiace up to 12 and a Sutlej/coaster for more than a group of 12.