When: November 2017 Weather: Cool 17-25C
Nikon P900 Leica M240 35 summilux
Lumbini, a half hour flight away from Kathmandu is where Buddha was born about 600 years BC and pilgrims from the world over visit it. The actual place of his birth is in the Maya Sari Temple, situated in the Lumbini Temple Complex, a large walled off area in which different monasteries have been built by devotees from the world over; eg the Thai monastery, China monastery, Korean monastery etc etc.
We stayed at the Buddha Maya Gardens Hotel on the south side of the complex and usually accessed the complex through gate5, a 15 min walk away. The gardens are beautiful and flowers abound. Setting off each day at dawn, the air was cool and the soft sunrise light warm.
Every morning before we started surgery, we’d take a walk to the Sacred Garden which surrounds the Maya Devi temple , distance of about 5-6km roundtrip from our hotel. The sun rose at 630am bathing everything in its earm early morning glow…..the first couple of mornings we spend doing the touristy things like visiting the temple and recceing the place but the third morning we concentrated on birding for an hour….
The Lumbini Sacred Garden which surrounds the Maya Devi Temple is a wonderful resource for birding….many of the above birds were seen in just one hour between 7-8am. If you arrive there early, you could visit the temple first to see the birthplace of Buddha inside the temple and then spend the rest of the visit birding in the area around….highly recommended.