Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha

Brief description

Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was born in 623 B.C. in the famous gardens of Lumbini, which soon became a place of pilgrimage. Among the pilgrims was the Indian emperor Ashoka, who erected one of his commemorative pillars there. The site is now being developed as a Buddhist pilgrimage centre, where the archaeological remains associated with the birth of the Lord Buddha form a central feature.

Unesco WHS list ref:  666

I have never visited this site.

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nepal-ashok-stambha

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Chitwan National Park

Brief description

At the foot of the Himalayas, Chitwan is one of the few remaining undisturbed vestiges of the ‘Terai’ region, which formerly extended over the foothills of India and Nepal. It has a particularly rich flora and fauna. One of the last populations of single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros lives in the park, which is also one of the last refuges of the Bengal tiger.

Unesco WHS list ref:  284

I have never visited this site.

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nepal-chitwan

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Kathmandu Valley

Brief description

The cultural heritage of the Kathmandu Valley is illustrated by seven groups of monuments and buildings which display the full range of historic and artistic achievements for which the Kathmandu Valley is world famous. The seven include the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan.

Unesco WHS list ref:  121

I visited Kathmandu in the 1990s, and spent a couple of hours in Patan Durbar Square. I remember the intricately decorated buildings trimmed with fabric that fluttered in the breeze. It was awful to then see the images of destruction caused by the earthquake in 2015.

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nepal-kathmandu-patan

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Sagarmatha National Park

Brief description

Sagarmatha is an exceptional area with dramatic mountains, glaciers and deep valleys, dominated by Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world (8,848 m). Several rare species, such as the snow leopard and the lesser panda, are found in the park. The presence of the Sherpas, with their unique culture, adds further interest to this site.

Unesco WHS list ref:  120

I have never visited this site (although I did catch a glimpse of the Himalaya from a hotel roof in Kathmandu once…… I can dream it might have been Everest!

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nepal-mt-everest

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