Visit the Birthplace of Buddha - Maya Devi Temple
Traditionally considered the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha in 623 B.C, Maya Devi Temple in the heart of Lumbini gardens is well-known as one of the holiest and most ancient Buddhist temples in Nepal. The complex inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site includes a number of brick stupas and monasteries dotted around the grounds, a sacred pool and garden. The sacred pool called Pushkarini is believed to be where Queen Maya Devi bathed before giving birth to the Buddha, while the sacred garden is where you can see saffron-robed monks congregating under an ancient Bodhi (pipal) tree decorated with colorful prayer flags, the pillar of Ashoka dating back around 3rd century BCE, and a marker stone encased within bulletproof glass, which marks the spot where the Buddha was born. You can also explore and walk around the ruins easily on a raised boardwalk connecting the popular sites.