Available Facilities and Services
How to Get There
- Visitor can fly to Gautam Buddha Airport, Bhairahawa by a 30 minute domestic flight from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu or drive to Lumbini via Chitwan. Currently the Government of Nepal is constructing Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) near Lumbini, which might be completed by the end of 2018. Lumbini is located only 18km away from Gautam Buddha Airport, Bhairahawa. Taxi and car are available for hire at the airport.
- Visitors can also enter into Nepal overland from India through Kakadbhitta, Biratnagar, Birgunj, Sunauli, Nepalgunj, Dhangadhi and Banbasa entry points (with immigration office) located along Nepal-India border and travel by road to Lumbini. Lumbini is at 280km from Kathmandu, 170km from Sauraha, Chitwan, 85km from Tansen, 227km from Pokhara and 233km from Kohalpur, Nepalgunj.
- Similarly, visitors can enter into Nepal by road from China/Tibet Autonomous Region through Rasuwagadhi entry point located along Nepal-China border and travel to Lumbini via Trisuli, Galchhi, Muglin and Narayangadh.
- Belahiya at Sunauli, Bhairahawa is the nearest immigration point along Nepal-India border from Lumbini. Lumbini is at the distance of 122 km from Gorakhpur, 181km from Kushinagar, 312km from Varanasi, 525km from Bodhgaya, 337km from Sarnath, 473km from Nalanda, 492km from Rajgir, 308 km from Lucknow and 240km from Sravasti of India. Gorakhpur in India is the nearest train station from Lumbini.
- Currently there are regular day and night bus services from Kathmandu and day bus services from Pokhara and Chitwan/Hetauda to Lumbini. Visitors can comfortably travel by deluxe and super deluxe day bus services from Kathmandu to Lumbini.
- Taulihawa, Bhairaha and Butwal are well connected with the major cities including Pokhara, Bharatpur (Chitwan), Kathmandu, Birjung, Janakpur, Biratnagar, Kakadbhitta, Nepalgunj, Dhangadi, Mahendranagar etc.
Where to Stay and Eat
- Ranges of accommodation facilities are available in Lumbini area. Classified tourist standard hotels are available in the New Lumbini Village within the Master Plan area, Mahilawar and Parsachowk. Tourist standard hotels established at Sunauli, Bhairahawa, Butwal and along the Bhairahawa-Lumbini road corridor also serve visitors’ varied accommodation needs.
- Besides the standard lodging facilities, these hotels/lodges also offer typical Nepali as well as Indian, Chinese and continental foods to the visitors.
- Several monasteries also offer informal pilgrimage accommodation facilities within the Lumbini Master Plan area.
Other Facilities and Services
- Landline and mobile telephone services are readily available in the region.
- Tourist class and big hotels avail free Wi Fi facility to their clients.
- Banking facility is available at Bhairahawa and Lumbini, Mahilwar. Money exchange facility is available at Bhairahawa and hotels in Lumbini. ATMs are also available in Bhairahawa and Lumbini.
- Credit card is accepted by tourist standard hotels in Bhairahawa. Kasai, Hokke, Buddha Maya, Crystal and other big hotels in Lumbini also accept major international credit cards.
- Basic health and first-aid facilities are available in Lumbini. Hospital facilities are available at Bhairahawa and Butwal only.
- Taxi and car can be hired from Gautam Buddha Airport and Lumbini. There are about 70 environmental friendly E- rickshaws and 120 manual rickshaws for getting around in the 65 major sites within the Master Plan areas as well as the surrounding cultural villages and natural sites in Lumbini. Bicycle can be hired from Mahilwar and Parsa Chowk in Lumbini.
- Village tour and cycling tour are offered by some hotels and travel/tour agencies in Lumbini. Trained and experienced heritage tour guides are available at Lumbini Bus Park and Mahilwar. Bird watching guides can be contacted through the tour/travel agencies in Mahilwar and specialized hotels in Lumbini.
- Free tourist information is provided by big hotels and travel/tour agencies in Lumbini. Visitors’ Information Center (VIC) of Lumbini Development Trust located at the Lumbini Cultural Zone provides information to the visitors through brochures and its official website www. lumbinidevtrust. gov. np.
What to Take Home?
- Buddha’s sculptures, singing bowls, CDs/DVDs and books on the birth and life of Lord Sakyamuni Buddha make excellent souvenir to take back home. Locally made handicrafts including grass and fiber products, incense stick are also worth buying. Handicrafts are available in the souvenir shops at the Lumbini Bus Park, Mahilawar Bazaar and in the tourist class hotels in Lumbini.
- Pawan Misthan Bhandar in Bhairahawa is a popular shop to buy sweets,especially for domestic visitors. Entry Formalities
- Visitors need to get an entry ticket from Lumbini Development Trust to enter the Lumbini Sacred Garden. Such ticket can be obtained by paying Nepalese Rupees (NRs) 16 for Indian nationals, NRs. 100 for national of other SAARC countries and NRs. 200 for citizens of other countries. There are separate charges and procedures for still and video photography.