We left Kathmandu valley on the 5th to visit Chitwan and Lumbini, the birth place of Gautam Buddha. A friend of Sabrina too joined us for this part of our trip. It is so good to be with young people – they have so much energy and enthusiasm 😊😇
The first 20-25 kms the road was so bad😝 India is decades behind the developed Western world and Nepal is decades behind India😌
Our first stop was at Manakamana Temple and took the cable car to go to the temple. The Manakamana Temple, situated in the Gorkha district of Nepal, is the sacred place of the Hindu Goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati. It was built in the 17th century. Goat sacrificing is still prevalent here but am told it is reducing 😌 Forgive us our Lord, we know not what we do🙏
Chitwan National Park wasn’t so exciting but enjoyed the canoe ride in river Narayani and the walk in the jungle.
The ride from Chitwan to Lumbini wasn’t exciting too. Last 20-25 kms the road was very bad. In fact there wasn’t any road😝
And the Maya Garden and gardens experience too wasn’t so exciting. Such a sacred place, birth place of Gautam Buddha, and World Heritage site deserves much better organisation. It is a huge place with Stupas from many countries in addition to the birth place of Siddarth and the ruins. From which gate to go in and which path to take etc – there aren’t any clear instructions.
Still enjoyed the experience; but don’t think the experience is worth the time and energy spent. But of course it is a must for Buddhists 🙏