Historic Sites in Nepal

Historic Sites in Nepal

History Hit

24 Nov 2020

There’s a host of top Historic Sites in Nepal to visit and among the very best are Lumbini and the Maya Devi Temple. 

We’ve put together an experts guide to Nepalese cultural landmarks with our top places to visit as well as a full list of Historic Sites in Nepal, which shouldn’t be ignored if you have the time.

What are the best Historic Sites in Nepal?

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1. Lumbini

Lumbini in Nepal is one of the most sacred of Buddhist sites, it being the birthplace of Gautama Siddhartha Buddha. Thought to have been born in 623 BC (sources vary), Gautama Siddhartha Buddha was the founder of Buddhism.

In addition to Buddhist monastery ruins, the main attractions are the third century BC Ashoka’s Pillar, the Maya Devi Temple on the site of Buddha’s birth and the museum. There is also a small museum which chronicles Buddha’s life and houses a series of artefacts from excavations of Lumbini. Lumbini has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997.

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2. The Lumbini Museum

The Lumbini Museum is a small museum which chronicles Buddha’s life and houses a series of artefacts from the site. Lumbini is Buddha’s birthplace.

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3. Maya Devi Temple

The Maya Devi Temple is an important and much revered temple in Lumbini in Nepal. Said to be located on the exact site where Gautama Siddhartha Buddha, founder of Buddhism, was born in around 623 BC (sources vary), the Maya Devi Temple is dedicated to his mother.

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4. The Ashokan Pillar

The Ashokan Pillar is one of the oldest and most revered monuments at Lumbini. It is a stone column erected by the Emperor Ashoka when he visited in 249BC.

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