Top Choice Hindu Temple in Janakpur

Janaki Mandir

At the heart of Janakpur lies the marble Janaki Mandir, one of the finest pieces of architecture in Nepal. Built in extravagant baroque Mughal style that leaves it looking like a palace made of sweets, the Janaki Ma…
Buddhist Temple in Lumbini

Great Drigung Kagyud Lotus Stupa

This truly extravagant stupa is one of the most beautiful buildings here and was constructed by the German Tara Foundation. The domed ceiling of the main prayer room is covered in Buddhist murals.
Museum in Lumbini

Lumbini Museum

Tucked away at the northern end of the compound, this museum is devoted to the life of the Buddha, with artefacts and photos from Buddhist sites around the world.
Buddhist Temple in Lumbini

Maya Devi Temple

This temple sits on the site of the the Buddha's birth, according to Buddhist scholars. You will need to buy your entrance ticket 50m north of the gate to the Sacred Garden. At the gate you must remove your shoes. (…
Buddhist Temple in Lumbini

World Peace Pagoda

Located outside the main compound, but easily accessible by bike, the impressive gleaming white World Peace Pagoda was constructed by Japanese Buddhists at a cost of US$1 million. The shining golden statue depicts t…
Wildlife Reserve in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve

The smallest of the Terai’s wildlife reserves, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Consisting of 175 sq km of wet and grassland habitat, Koshi Tappu (translating to ‘river islands’) is home to …
Zoo in Chitwan National Park

Elephant Breeding Centre

This centre, about 3km west of Sauraha on the far side of the small Bhude Rapti River, provides many of the elephants for elephant safaris at Chitwan. It’s fascinating watching the interaction between mother and bab…
in Chitwan National Park

Bird Education Society

Run by local volunteers, the friendly Bird Education Society should be the first port of call for twitchers. In a new location on the road to the elephant breeding centre, the society has a library of bird books and…
Museum in Chitwan National Park

Tharu Cultural Museum & Research Centre

The informative Tharu Cultural Museum & Research Center in Bachhauli, the nearest Tharu village to Sauraha has colourful murals and exhibits on artefacts and local dress. It’s a must-see for those interested in …
Museum in Chitwan National Park

Wildlife Display & Information Centre

Aimed more at school groups than tourists, this educational centre has displays on wildlife, including a rather macabre collection of animal foetuses and reproductive organs in jars, plus skulls, plaster-cast footpr…