Attractions

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 Hindu Temple in Janakpur

Janaki Mandir

At the heart of Janakpur lies the marble Janaki Mandir, one of the grander pieces of architecture in Nepal, and the city's must-see sight. Built in extravagant baroque Mughal style, the temple is dedicated to Sita, …
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…
Viewpoint in Daman

Daman Mountain Resort View Tower

Some of the best views of the Himalaya in Nepal can be had from the concrete viewing tower inside the Daman Mountain Resort. Unfortunately, the resort has closed and is seeking a new owner, but the viewing tower is …
Buddhist Temple in Lumbini

Myanmar Golden Temple

The Myanmar Golden Temple is one of the oldest structures in the compound. There are three prayer halls – the most impressive is topped by a corncob-shaped shikhara (tower), styled after the temples of Bagan. Also w…
Buddhist Temple in Lumbini

Korean Buddhist Temple

At the time of research, the government of South Korea was finishing up this massive temple. The interior is magnificent; you might find workers still painting its intricate ceiling, which will take over a year to c…