The excursions around Kushinagar are no less interesting than the city itself. Two of the most famous excursions around Kushinagar are both situated in Nepal, across the Indian Border. They are namely, Lumbini and Kapilvastu. It should be noted that though the border between India and Nepal is porous for the inhabitants of both the countries, foreign nationals require separate Visas to venture in these countries. These places are under the range of 50 kilometers from Kushinagar therefore one need not stay overnight.
Lord Buddha was born in Lumbini, in southwestern Nepal, nearly
twenty-five hundred years ago. Since then, the city has always remained
the focal point of Buddhism. Today's Lumbini is a small sleepy town in
the southwestern Tarai plains of Nepal, where the ruins of the old city
can still be seen. The followers of both Hinyana and Mahayana sects of
Buddhism revere Lumbini. The restored garden and surroundings of Lumbini
have the remains of many of the ancient Stupas and monasteries. A large
stone pillar that is erected by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka in 250 BC
bears an inscription about the birth of the Buddha.
Kapilvastu is located 27 kilometers south of Lumbini close to
Siddhartha Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh. The place is close to both
Lumbini as well Shravasti. The place has now been christened Piprahwa.
Kapilvastu is a prime archeological site and that is why it is one of
the most frequented tourist destinations in Nepal. Though very little
remains of what was once a flourishing town, the place is a must visit.
The place has the ruins of the palace where Lord Buddha spent his
formative years. The archeological works that had been done in this area
had to pass through various roadblocks including financial constraint.
The archeologists had dug out as many as 14 different layers of human
habitation in this area. The oldest among these dates back to 8th
century before Christ. The place is a must for archeological and