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Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Lumbini

Maya Devi Temple

The spiritual heart of Lumbini, Maya Devi Temple marks the spot where Queen Maya Devi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in around 563BC. In the adjoining sacred garden you’ll find the pillar of Ashoka, ancient ruins …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Lumbini

World Peace Pagoda

Located outside the main compound, but easily accessible by bike, the impressive gleaming-white World Peace Pagoda, one of the world's greatest stupas, was constructed by Japanese Buddhists at a cost of US$1 million…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Lumbini

Cambodian Monastery

With strong touches of Angkor Wat, this colourful fantasy due for completion in 2018 is already one of the most fascinating temples in Lumbini. The temple is surrounded by a square railing topped off by four 50m gre…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Lumbini

Royal Thai Buddhist Monastery

Close to the north end of the pond, this stunning and imposing wat (Thai-style monastery) is built from gleaming white marble. The blue-roofed meditation centre next door is another fine piece of architecture. Argua…
Top Choice Buddhist Monastery in Lumbini

Zhong Hua Chinese Buddhist Monastery

This elegant monastery is one of the most impressive structures at Lumbini. Reached through a gateway flanked by dogs of Fo, the elegant pagoda-style monastery looks like a small Forbidden City. Its perfectly manicu…
Top Choice Rooftop Bar in Narayangarh & Bharatpur

Chulho

Without a doubt the place to be in Narayangarh, this crowded bar and restaurant hums with unleashed activity. Perched on the top floor of a building overlooking bustling Sangam Chowk (look for the glass walls), it o…
Top Choice Multicuisine in Chitwan National Park

KC’s Restaurant

A Sauraha classic, KC’s is set in a cool, thatch-roofed bungalow with an open terrace overlooking a manicured garden, with a fire pit for winter dinners. The chefs here look the part and the well-executed menu runs …
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Narayangarh & Bharatpur

Shashwat Dham

Burned out on ancient sites? Here's a contemporary take on the temple compound, and it's very impressive. The centrepiece is a Shiva temple that resembles an enormous sandcastle, with every square centimetre intrica…
Top Choice Italian in Chitwan National Park

Friends Café

This rooftop restaurant is easy to miss, but don't! It's the best place to hang out in downtown Sauraha, at any time of day, with a cool vibe and tunes to match. The handmade menus on beer-carton cardboard reflect t…
Top Choice Nepali in Tansen (Palpa)

Nanglo West

You can’t go without sampling the Nepali delights at this atmospheric oasis in the centre of Tansen. In addition to a great Newari set thali with veg, chicken or mutton, they serve local dishes like choela (dried bu…