Lumbini Tour: Best Itinerary at Affordable Cost

Trip Overview

Lumbini, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, holds immense historical and spiritual significance as the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, who later became known as Buddha. Siddhartha Gautama was born in 563 BCE in the gardens of Lumbini. This makes Lumbini one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Buddhists worldwide. The history of Lumbini as a pilgrimage destination dates back to the 3rd century BCE when Emperor Ashoka visited and erected the Ashoka Pillar, marking the importance of the site.

Lumbini Tour is the devotional tour of the birthplace of Buddha. Buddha, a symbol of peace and wisdom is also honored as the light of Asia. For many people, Buddhism goes beyond religion and is more of a philosophy of life. Buddhism explains the purpose of life. Further, it explains apparent injustice and inequality around the world and it provides a code of practice or way of life that leads to true happiness.


Maya Devi Temple: This temple was built at the exact spot where Queen Maya Devi gave birth to Buddha. The temple complex includes a marker stone, a sacred pond (Puskarini), and ruins dating back to the 3rd century BCE.

Ashoka Pillar: One of many pillars erected by the Indian Emperor Ashoka, this particular pillar, with an inscription, signifies his visit to Lumbini and marks the birthplace of Buddha.

Sacred Garden: Surrounding the Maya Devi Temple, the Sacred Garden is home to ancient stupas and shrines built over centuries, offering a serene environment for reflection and meditation.

Monastic Zone: This zone is divided into Eastern and Western sections, each housing numerous monasteries built by different countries, reflecting their unique architectural styles and Buddhist traditions. Notable monasteries include those from Thailand, Myanmar, China, South Korea, and Japan.

World Peace Pagoda: Also known as the Nipponzan Peace Pagoda, this striking white structure was built by Japanese Buddhists and stands as a symbol of peace and harmony. It provides a panoramic view of the Lumbini area.

Lumbini Museum: The museum houses a collection of artifacts related to the life of Buddha and the development of Buddhism, including coins, sculptures, and manuscripts.

Lumbini International Research Institute: This institute focuses on the study and research of Buddhism and offers resources and facilities for scholars and researchers from around the world.


Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport. We pick up at the airport by our car and transfer to the hotel. Evening walk around Thamel Market. Thamel is a bustling tourist market in the heart of Kathmandu city. There you find lots of souvenir shops, restaurants, bars, and bookshops.

Day 2: Fly from Kathmandu to Gautam Buddha Airport. Flight around 1 hour. Drive from the Airport to Lumbini (22 km). Check-in at the hotel. Then, visit the Maya Devi Temple and spend time in the Sacred Garden. Explore the Ashoka Pillar and nearby ruins. Overnight at a hotel in Lumbini. Meal: Breakfast.

Day 3: Breakfast at the hotel. Go to visit World Peace Pagoda, then tour the monasteries in the East and West Monastic Zones. And also, visit the Lumbini Museum and the Lumbini International Research Institute. Overnight at a hotel in Lumbini. Meal: Breakfast.

Day 4: Spend time reflecting or meditating in the Sacred Garden. Then, drive from Lumbini to Gautam Buddha airport to fly back to Kathmandu. Sightseeing Tour to Boudhanath. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Nepal. It is the center of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu and rich in Buddhist symbolism. Here, you can visit a Buddhist monastery and see many Tibetan people circling the temple. The area of this temple is also known as Little Tibet.), Meal: Breakfast. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 5: Departure from Nepal. Free time till our tour officer escorts you to go to the Tribhuvan International Airport to catch your flight to your home country. Meal: Breakfast: Tour ends.


The cost of a Lumbini tour, the birthplace of Lord Buddha in Nepal, can vary widely depending on several factors including the duration of the tour, the type of accommodation, mode of transportation, and the inclusiveness of the package. Please find below 5 days Lumbini Tour cost including flights and 2 night stay in Kathmandu and 2 night stay in Lumbini.


The above package cost includes:

• Airport drop transfer by car in Kathmandu for the flight to Lumbini.
• Airport pick-up transfer by car from Gautam Buddha Airport to Lumbini.
• 2-night accommodation in Kathmandu at a tourist standard hotel with a Single room.
• 2-night accommodation in Lumbini at a tourist standard hotel with a Single room.
• Breakfast at the hotel.
• English Speaking Local Tour guide for sightseeing in Lumbini.
• E-rickshaw for sightseeing of the Monastic zone in Lumbini.
• Entrance fee.
• Flight Ticket from Kathmandu to Gautam Buddha Airport
• Flight Ticket from Gautam Buddha Airport to Kathmandu
• Airport drop transfer by car to Gautam Buddha Airport for the flight to Kathmandu.
• Airport pick-up transfer by car from Kathmandu airport to hotel.
• Sightseeing tour to Boudhanath in Kathmandu.
• All government taxes, local taxes, and tourist service charges.
• Airport drop transfer by car in Kathmandu for the flight to your flight journey home.

The above package cost does not include:
• Airfare of your international flight.
• Nepal visa fee. You can get a Nepal visa on your arrival time at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
• Travel insurance.
• Lunch and dinner
• Bar bills, Bottled water, telephone bills, and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry, etc).
• Tips for Guide.
• Any expenses arising due to unforeseen situations like personal sickness, natural calamities, flight cancellation, political strikes, etc.
• Cost of any extra services you take which are not mentioned in the above program.

Excellent Himalaya Trek is a leading tour operator in Nepal run by local tourism experts and Sherpas who have been organizing tours & trekking for many years. Please contact us by email at [email protected] or WhatsApp at +977 9851203181 for further information about Lumbini Tour.

Travel Tips

Either you are a first-time traveler in Nepal or already been to Nepal, you have to make sure following things before your Nepal Vacation.

  • Passport- your passport validity should be at least 6 months or above
  • Few passport sized photos (minimum two are required)
  • Confirmation of your holiday from authentic Travel Trekking company
  • Check availability of International flight ticket and issue flight ticket

Foreign tourists except Indian Nationality compulsory need a visa in order to enter Nepal. It’s easy to get Nepalese Visa. You can obtain it either to your arrival time in Kathmandu airport or at a Nepalese embassy abroad before you go to Nepal. But nationals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia cannot get the Nepalese Visa on the arrival time in Kathmandu airport, Nepal. The Visa can also be taken at entry points at Nepalese land borders with India and China. For Nepalese Visa it requires your passport with at least six months validity, recent digital photo (size: 1.5″ x 1.5″) and the following fees either in USD dollars cash or the equivalent local currency:

Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent Nepalese currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent Nepalese currency

For further detail about Nepal Visa please click here.

Travel Season of Nepal can be categorized into three parts:

High Season (From mid-Sep to Nov)

During this period you find clear sky and days normally will be warm and pleasant. Due to good weather time, you can see fantastic Himalayan panorama and other good views of natural scenery. In this time Nepalese people celebrate their major festivals of Dashain and Tihar (Dipawali). This is the peak season of tourist arrivals in Nepal.

Shoulder (From Mar to May)

This period is the second-best time to visit and trek Nepal. This time is spring. The temperature is mildly warm in low lands while moderate in higher altitudes with plenty of opportunities to have encountered with the mountain views. It is also the time for a rhododendron flower to blossom, the national flower of Nepal, which sweeps the ascending altitudes with its magnanimous color and beauty.

Low Season (From Dec to Feb) and (From Jun to mid-Sep)

The tourist flow decreases a little, but not significantly in low season. During winter time (from Dec to Feb) the morning and night are cold and the days are warm when sunny. There might be occasional snowfall at higher elevations.

From June to mid-September is the monsoon time and it rains in most of the part except in the rain shadow zone of Mustang, Dolpo, and Humla. During monsoon clouds often obscure mountain views.

Capital Kathmandu
Government Republic. Monarchy was dissolved by Constituent Assembly on 28 May 2008.
Neighboring Countries Landlocked country (China to the north and India to the east, south, and west.)
Currency Nepalese rupee (NPR)
Area 147,181km²
Population 28.51 million (2015)
GDP (Total) $24.067 billion (2016)
Per Capita Income $837 (2016)
Language Nepali is the official language. About a dozen other languages and about 30 major dialects speak in this country.
Religion Hinduism 81.3%, Buddhism 9%, Islam 4.4%, Kirat 3.1% other 2.2%
Country code (Calling Code)  +977
Time zone Nepal Standard Time (+05:45 Greenwich Time)
Internet TLD .np
ISO 3166 code NP
Drives on the Left

Yes, Nepal is a very safe country for travelers. Tourists feel safer than most other countries around the world, perhaps due to the religious nature of the people and their natural kindness. Over the past 10 years, Nepal has enjoyed a growing fascinating travel destination to visit from people all over the world.  The People are very hospitable. The Nepalese accept that tourism is a major source of their economy, and are very welcoming.

Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal for getting to Nepal by flight. TIA has direct air link with below-mentioned cities. The following airlines have a direct flight to Kathmandu, Nepal. If you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg (Kathmandu) of your flight.

If there is no any there is no any direct flight from your city or country to Nepal, please contact your local travel agent or you may contact us or visit websites of for flight checking from your home town to Kathmandu, Nepal.

Name of City direct flight connection with Kathmandu, Nepal Country By Carriers (Airlines Names)
New Delhi India Nepal Airlines/ Air India/ Jet Airways/ Air Indigo
Mumbai India Nepal Airlines/ Jet Airways
Bangalore India Nepal Airlines
Kolkata India Air India
Varanasi India Air India
Bangkok Thailand Thai Airways/ Nepal Airlines
Doha Qatar Qatar Airways/ Nepal Airlines/ Himalaya Airlines
Hong Kong China Cathy Dragon Air/ Nepal Airlines
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Malaysian Airlines/ Air Asia/ Nepal Airlines/ Himalaya Airlines
Dhaka Bangladesh Biman Bangladesh
Dubai UAE Fly Dubai/ Himalaya Airlines
Chengdu China Air China/ Sichuan Airlines
Lhasa China Air China/ Sichuan Airlines
Guangzhou China China Southern Airlines
Kunming China China Eastern Airlines
Shanghai China China Eastern Airlines
Paro Bhutan Druk Air/ Bhutan Airlines
Sharjah UAE Air Arabia
Abu Dhabi UAE Etihad Airways
Muscat Oman Oman Air
Istanbul Turkey Turkish Airlines
Singapore Singapore Silk Air
Yangon Myanmar Himalaya Airlines
Seoul South Korea Korean Air

Of course, you can get to Nepal by drive also. It has eight entrance points by the drive. Out of eight, six entry points are at the border between Nepal and India and two are at Nepal China border. The immigration office of every point avails Nepal visa for the foreigners visiting Nepal. Here below the list of entry places to Nepal by road. The names of borders to entry by the drive at Nepal India Border are Kankarbhitta, Birgunj, Jamunaha, Mohana, Gadda Chauki and Belhia. Likewise, entry points at the border of Nepal China are Kodari and Rasuwagadhi (Kerung). For further information visit the page of Nepal Entry by Drive.

In Nepal, there are there is various kind of standard Hotels. You have a lot of choices for your stay there, which depends on your trips budgets. Of course, there are international standard Hotels, Golf courses in major cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara. Recently, their economy is booming rapidly every year you can see many changes around cities. By 2018 they will have two more international chain Hotels (Mariott & Sheraton) in Kathmandu. And two other international Airports are under construction which will be completed by 2018 as well.


Usual Nepali food is plain and simple, not very spicy, but full of flavors. The restaurants in popular travel destinations of Nepal offer varied of cuisines like Continental, American, Indian, Chinese, including traditional Nepali food.

Must Try Food

Dal Bhat Tarkari: This is the stable Nepalese food and favorite dish of many travelers.  It is served with thick lentil soup (dal), with rice (Bhat) and vegetable curry (Tarkari). Pickles (Achar) spice up this dish and sometimes it will be served with curd or yogurt, and meat (‘masu’), usually chicken or mutton.

The Newars, the indigenous group of the Kathmandu Valley, have their own much more exotic and varied cuisines. They use spices in a much more creative way, with a wide range of spicy dishes which are delicious.

Momo, Tibetan food which is less spicy, that you can find everywhere. These are small dumplings filled with meat or vegetable, usually steamed or fried.

For dessert, there are many sticky sweets usually made from milk and curd. The curd is widely available.

Vegetarians are well catered in Nepal. Many Hindu and Buddhist Nepalese are vegetarian.

Please also visit the page Cuisines of Nepal.


Bottled water (Pani) can be found in most places. Request to avoid drinking the water unless it has been boiled or filtered, since tap water is not drinkable.

Chang is a local mild beer made from millet or rice. It is the home brew and made with local water.

Raksi is traditional distilled liquor usually made from millet, wheat or corn, and sometimes rice.

Nepali tea or masala tea is a special tea with spices like cinnamon added, that gives a brilliant flavor. Local normal tea is with milk and already added sugar.

Coke, Fanta, Pepsi, and other locally produced soft drinks are widely available. Slice is a delicious mango juice and Dew is a local soft drink which tastes a bit like Sprite.

Lassi is a curd based popular drink which may be either savory or sweet.

Electricity in Nepal is produced by hydroelectric dams. The output voltage from the wall outlet is 220V AC and frequency is between 50-60Hz. People visiting from countries using different voltage and frequency should make sure that their adapter/charger is capable of operating in this range. For example, the United States uses about 120V AC and some electronic devices might be designed to operate in that voltage only. Likewise, the standard Nepalese electrical outlet is the Type D (three round-pronged triangles) outlet common to India, but nearly all will accept Euro plugs, and some have been retrofitted to accept American and/or British plugs. Simple adapters can be purchased inexpensively, around NPR80, in Kathmandu to change the shape of the plug (but not the voltage of the electricity).

ATM machines can be found in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and other larger towns, but not in smaller places. Outside these places, in general, credit cards are not widely accepted and every time payment is processed using the paper slips, often with an additional charge of 3-4%. In Nepal the money withdraws through ATM Machines is in Nepalese currency (NPR) only.


All the major cities have internet access either in hotels or internet cafes. In smaller places/ villages, you are unlikely to find the internet, though at places like Manang, Namche Bazaar and at Tengboche, you can access the internet (satellite connection). Expect connection speeds to be slow.


In Kathmandu and most of the tourist places, there are many ‘communication centers’ where you can call, send faxes and emails. A few places have internet phone services that are much cheaper.

It is easy to get a Nepali SIM card in Kathmandu or Pokhara (bring a photocopy of your passport and two passport photos).

Global roaming agreements exist with some international phone companies. Check with your provider before leaving home if you wish to access roaming.


When posting mail to international addresses, it is best to leave your mail at the post office rather than in a post box. In Kathmandu, some bookshops sell stamps and will take your post to the post office for you. Most hotels can also help you post your mail.

Clothing depends on place and time. Medium-weight and easy to wash cotton can be a good choice year-round in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and most other towns. It is recommended that between October to February, woolen sweaters, jackets or similar other warm outfits are necessary. From March through May, light clothing such as short and long-sleeved shorts will do perfectly fine. For months from June to August, it is recommended that you bring an umbrella or raincoat and a pair of sandals with you as these months are the rainy months of Nepal.

If you intend to go for trekking, a pair of hiking boots will be great. Bring warm clothes with plenty of woolen socks too. Specialized trekking gear is easily available and can be rented in fairly inexpensive charge in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Yes, We do have airport pick up facilities for our customers who have booked with us for any travel/ trekking packages. We don’t charge them any money. To get this facility you have to inform us at the time you book your trip.

Nepal is a shopper’s paradise, whether you are looking for a cheap souvenir or a real work of art. Thamel, Three Durbar Squares of Kathmandu valley and Boudhanath are the major places for shopping. The Nepal’s specialties for shopping are handicraft items like prayer wheels, traditional masks, puppets, intricately carved wooden sculptures and pottery items; Thangka Paintings; Singing Bowls, Pashmina shawls and scarfs; Rice Paper items like diaries, calendars, photo frames and lamp shades; Khukuri, the traditional Nepalese knife also the weapon of Gurkhas weapon; Jewelry and art; Nepalese Orthodox and CTC tea; and Multiple Himalayan herbal spices.

Trip Reviews

Maja Karlsson My husband and I did Nepal Tour 7 nights 8 days in the first week of April 2018. The trip was fantastic. We visited Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan. Before we fixed this trip Mr. Suman, the manager, he sent us detail on various trips to Nepal in the email. He explained features of each trip. Finally, we selected 8 days trip as it includes cultural heritage, nature, and wildlife. As he told us in the email we experienced a lot here. It is amazing… the temples, palaces built before many centuries in Kathmandu, beautiful Himalayan vista, lake, cave and museum in Pokhara, exciting elephant back safari and jungle activities in Pokhara. Suman arranged us the good hotel, comfortable transport, knowledgeable guide in every place. We loved Nepal and its tourism diversity. Thank so much Suman and your team for your excellent expertise. See you again soon for next trip.

Maja Karlsson


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