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Kapilvastu



 


What :

Kapilavastu (Kapilbastu or Taulihawa) was one of the 16 republics in what is today Nepal during the 6th century B.C. Known as Shakya, it was the birthplace of a man who came to be known as Lord Buddha.

Siddhartha Gautama was the firstborn son of the elected king of the Sakha, Suddodhana. At the age of 29 Siddhartha left his princely life, first wandering as an ascetic in the wilderness, and then finally attaining enlightenment under the branches of a Bodhi Tree (Sacred Fig) in the Northern Indian city of Bodh Gaya.

The remains of the Shakya Royal Palace where Buddha was raised is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the four holiest areas of the Buddhist religion. Thousands of pilgrims and travelers on tours of India visit here yearly. There are several stupas in the area thought to contain remnants of Buddhaís body, and itís common to see pilgrims and monks meditating and making offerings to the shrines.

Ashoka, a sixth century B.C. Buddhist emperor, built numerous brick temples and structures in the area. The Maya Devi Temple nearby is in excellent condition despite its age. The temple sits near a large reflecting pool, and the UNESCO protected temple is one of the best examples of early Buddhist architecture. A recent archeological survey has found what may be the oldest Buddhist shrine on earth buried beneath Maya Deviís grounds.


When :

Kapilvastuís weather is the most pleasant between October and March. High temperatures between April and June give way to cooling and resuscitating rainfall from July to September.


Where :

Kapilvastu is located in the southern foothills of Nepal. The area is best reached by private vehicle trip crossing the Nepal-India border departing from Uttar Pradesh in Northern India.


Who :

The chance to visit the birthplace of Buddha is a cherished experience for guests on our luxury India tours.


Appropriate Attire :

Dress in light clothing, but bring along a light jacket as it can be cool in the mornings and early evenings due to the elevation.




Guest Reviews :

 
  Robin and Clifford Topol
April 2014
We are back and recovered from jet lag and finally able to reflect on what was a truly great trip and wonderful experience. The trip was well thought out and provided multiple highlights. Arpita did a great job and called several times to check our progress.  Raju, our driver from Delhi thru Jaipur, is a warm and good person. The hotels were exceptional and the service was at a very high level. Thank you for letting the hotels know that it was Robinís birthday. It made the trip very special for her. Thank you again and please make sure that all involved, in making our trip a success, understand that we are thankful and will be referring Easy Tours to our friends
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  Susan and Gerard Totorelli
February 2014
Excellent rating for Tour Design, Tour Directors, Guides, Hotels, Ground Transportation, Transfers.
We had a wonderful time. Your company made it very 'Easy' to navigate the hustle and bustle of India. Our Tour Director in India, Abid Ali, was superb. He was knowledgeable about all aspects of Indian life (culture, art, history, religion, traditions, etc. He was very open when we asked him personal questions about his family and their traditions and beliefs. Our guide in Nepal, Vejay, was also wonderful. He adjusted our tour slightly, to accommodate our needs. His knowledge of the history, religion and traditions of the country was excellent. He had answers to all of our questions. I cannot say enough in this small area to adequately compliment your operation for running an absolutely first class trip. India would have been impossible to tour on our own. From the ceremonies at the Ganges, to the glamor of the palaces, to the splendor of the Taj Mahal, we were exposed to the many faces of India. The sensory overload of the traffic, congestion, horns, garbage, food was so overwhelming in the beginning. But it became just the way of life after a while. As the traffic is so wild in India, our lives were in the hands of your drivers who were very competent. We were grateful for their expertise. Our trip was a wonderful experience. I have been telling people that it was not a vacation but an education. You are never too old to learn! I now want to read up more on the history and religions of India. Thank you Easy Tours for making it 'easy'!
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