Surya Bahadur Thapa with the locals in Bangai Village of Lumbini, in 1971.

Belahiya border point in a sorry state

September 24, 2019 07:35 am

BUTWAL, Sept 24: Dozens of tourists from Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, China, India and other countries enter Nepal via the Belahiya Bahia border point in Rupandehi every day. This gateway is not only narrow and short, but also filthy and dusty.

Rebranding Lumbini

September 3, 2019 01:00 am

Apart from saying ‘Buddha was born in Nepal’ how many worthful initiatives have we taken to promote the birthplace of Gautam Buddha?

BHAIRAHAWA, Aug 8: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Yogesh Bhattarai, has said that the government has kept the construction of Gautam Buddha International Airport at top priority.

Ancient connection

July 29, 2019 01:30 am

History of excavations, both in Taxila and Lumbini, is less than 130 years old. Discovery of both these sites was made possible with accounts of Chinese monk Xuanzang

PARASI, July 3: Minister for Land Management, Cooperatives and Poverty Alleviation, Padma Kumari Aryal has expressed the government's commitment to developing Ramgram, an ancient site connected with the life of the Buddha.

KATHMANDU, July 1: In order to protect the birthplace of the Buddha, the Supreme Court on Sunday has ordered a ban on new factories in the Lumbini area.

KATHMANDU, June 25: The Embassy of Pakistan in Kathmandu in collaboration with the Center for Advanced Studies in South Asia (CASSA) organized a seminar on the topic “Lumbini and Takshila: Conceptualizing the Concept” in Kathmandu on Monday.

PARASI, May 26: The second phase 'road show' aimed at publicizing the Lumbini Visit Year 2076 has started from today at Ramgram Stupa here this morning.

Call for action on Lumbini

May 20, 2019 02:00 am

Our commitment to promoting Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, often gets manifested in speeches political leaders deliver on the day of Buddha Purnima, also called the day of Vesak.

POKHARA, May 19: Cycle City Pokhara and Cycling Association Kaski organized a two-day cycling event from Pokhara to Lumbini with the objective of promoting internal tourism in the country. The event began from Pokhara on Friday and concluded in Lumbini on Saturday, on the auspicious day of Buddha Jayanti.

LUMBINI May 19: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has vowed to revive an international committee formed  under the United Nations  some 49 years ago for the development  of  Lumbini,  birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha, and garner international support for that purpose.

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May 18: The State government of State-5 is organizing a variety of programs today to mark the 2563rd Buddha Jayanti, and also the beginning of the Lumbini Visit Year.

Kathmandu, May 18: The State government of State-5 is organizing a variety of programs today to mark the 2563rd Buddha Jayanti, and also the beginning of the Lumbini Visit Year.

LUMBINI, May 18: It has been over five decades since then secretary general of the United Nations, U Thant, visited Lumbini and set in motion the UN’s initiatives for the development of Gautam Buddha’s birthplace.

KATHMANDU, May 14: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who is currently paying official visit to Cambodia, has said that Nepal can learn a lot from Cambodia's rapid economic development.

HANOI, May 12: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli who is currently in an official visit of Viet Nam has urged the world community to visit Nepal.

Branding Buddha’s birthplace

May 8, 2019 01:30 am

Buddhist tourism can appeal to a large number of faith-inspired travelers. Branding Nepal as Buddha’s birthplace would help to counter the persisting misinformation that Buddha was born in India

KATHMANDU, April 30: Preparations are underway to celebrate the 2563rd Buddha Jayanti and Lumbini Day. Buddha Jayanti is celebrated to observe the birth of Lord Buddha on full moon day in Baishakh every year.

Purnima Fair kicks off in Lumbini

April 19, 2019 18:57 pm

RUPANDEHI, April 19: The Purnima Fair kicked off at the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Lumbini, today. Lumbini Sanskritik Municipality Mayor Manmohan Chaudhary inaugurated the three-day fair organized on the occasion of Buddha Purnima.

Madrid to have replica of Lumbini

April 12, 2019 03:30 am

KATHMANDU, April 12: A replica of Lumbini—the birthplace of Lord Buddha-- is set to come into being soon in Madrid, the capital city of Spain.

LUMBINI, April 2: Finance Minister Dr. Yuba Raj Khatiwada has sought international support to develop the Lumbini Development Master Plan as the government lacks sufficient resources for the project. Khatiwada said that the government would call for support on behalf of the Lumbini Development Trust (LDT) to complete the master design within the next three years.

RUPANDEHI, March 16: State-5 government has intensified the preparations to mark the New Year 2076 BS as the Lumbini Visit Year in a bid to promote tourism in the region. The various activities as part of the preparations have begun after the Council of Ministers approved for the decision on visit year.


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LUMBINI, Feb 21: Nepali students wishing to pursue M.Phil and Ph.D degrees in the Buddhist University of Myanmar are to be offered full scholarship.

Biodiversity study begins in Lumbini

January 5, 2019 17:58 pm

RUPANDEHI, Jan 5: A biodiversity study has begun targeting Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha.

BUTWAL, Dec 9: President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has stressed on the completion of Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) as soon as possible for the prosperity of Lumbini as well as for the development of tourism industry in the country.

BUTWAL, Dec 8: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said the precepts of the Gautam Buddha have become popular worldwide as he showed the path of peace, non-violence, goodwill, compassion and wellbeing to human kind.

President to visit Lumbini today

December 8, 2018 10:11 am

BUTWAL, Dec 8: President Bidya Devi Bhandari is arriving Lumbini today to attend a special function being held to mark the 14th establishment day of Lumbini Buddhist University.

‘Second International water color Festival’ is going to be held in Kathmandu and Lumbini with the aim to connect art and tourism. International Water Color Society Nepal is the main organizer of the festival where 40 artists from different countries are participating in the festival, including America, India, China, Albania, Australia and Germany.

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1.1 million visit Lumbini in 10 months

November 24, 2018 18:16 pm

KATHMANDU, Nov 24: As many as 1.1 million people- both foreigners and Nepalis- have visited Lumbini in 10 months.

BHAIRAHAWA, Nov 20: More than 1 million tourists have visited Lumbini in the first 10 months of 2018. "Our records show that until October end this year, around 1.1 million tourists have visited Mayadevi Temple of Lumbini," said Hari Dhwaj Rai, information officer of Lumbini Development Trust. "Of them, 892,361 were domestic tourists while 132,182 were Indian nationals and 123,939 were from third countries."

RUPANDEHI, Nov 14: The first international Tripitaka recitation program has begun in Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha.

KATHMANDU, Nov 12: World Book of Records, London, has listed Nepal's Pashupatinath Temple and Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha.

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KATHMANDU, Nov. 11: Kathmandu to Janakpur direct tourist bus service has been brought into operation from today. The first of its kind along the route was operated by Deepjyoti Tours and Travel Pvt. Ltd.

BUTWAL Nov 9: A three-day Tripitaka recitation programme is taking place in Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, from November 14.

KATHMANDU, Oct 29: A seminar on updating the syllabus for Master of Arts in Buddhism and Himalayan Studies was held at the Lumbini College of Buddhism and Himalayan Studies at Taragaun premises,  Kathmandu. The one-day seminar focused on updating and revitalizing the concept of ‘Stream B: Heritage Conservation and Traditional Architecture’ under the syllabus.

KATHMANDU, Oct 8: A tourist bus service from Kathmandu to Lumbini – the main tourism destination of the country has come into operation for the first time.

KATHMANDU, Oct 7: Lumbini Peace Marathon has announced to organize Bodh Gaya  Enlightenment Marathon in Bodh Gaya of India in September 2020.

BUTWAL, Sept 28: Concerns have been raised over the rising environmental degradation affecting the Lumbini area and other related areas - Rupandehi and Ramgram - of Nawalparasi.

RUPANDEHI, Sept 16: Hotel Pawan Palace, the first five-star hotel in Lumbini, is set to come into operation from October, following a soft launch on September 28, on the occasion of World Tourism Day. The hotel, built on a sprawling land of 2.12 bigaha, is located at Parsa Chowk along the Bhairahawa-Lumbini highway.

One of the visible positive outcomes of the fourth BIMSTEC summit, in terms of our tourism promotion, has been visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, by heads of states who came to participate in the summit. President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena, along with other Sri Lankan ministers and top officials, visited Lumbini and offered prayers.

RUPANDEHI, Sept 1: Visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has announced his government's readiness to support completing the Lumbini Master Plan, if a proposal was floated from the Government of Nepal.

PM Oli calls on Sir Lankan Prez Sirisena

September 1, 2018 19:08 pm

KATHMANDU, Sep 1: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli held a meeting with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena in Kathmandu on Saturday afternoon.

LUMBINI, Sept 1:  President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena offered prayers at Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha today. The visiting president was accompanied by his Sri Lankan ministers and senior officials.

LUMBINI, Sep 1: President of Mayanmar U Win Myint and first lady Dow Cho Cho visited the birthplace of Lord Buddha in Lumbini on Wednesday. After three hours of visit in the sacred place, the couple expressed joy and gratefulness for the opportunity.