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
Kapilvastu was the capital of the Shakya Household where Lord Buddha
was born to king Shuddhodhana. He grew up amidst luxury and shunned away
from miseries of life. But one day he broke out the luxurious entrapment
of his father and set out for a journey. The place is important to
visualize the pre meditation, princely days of the Lord who had
contributed much to humanity by giving up his own luxury and princely
There are many Stupas scattered around the place, built by Ashoka and
the Gupta Kings. The symbols left behind by the Shakya dynasty is
clearly visible here; moreover, there are relics of Lord Buddha himself.