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Lumbinī is located in the Rupandehi, close to the border with India. It is here where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who is better known a the Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Lumbini is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
There are actually no neighbourhoods in Lumbini, as it is no more than a collection of buildings, all within a rectangular area, which measures approximately 4,5 by 1,5 kilometres.
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The sights in Lumbini, include several temples, monasteries, the world peace pagoda, the pillar marking Asoka's visit to Lumbiní, the Holy pont, in which Buddha's mother bathed before giving birth, and in which he also took his first bath. Some scientists have also located the exact location where Gautama Buddha was born.
The closest airport is Gautam Buddha Airport near Bhairahawa, with connections to and from Kathmandu
Lumbini is a 10-hour drive from Kathmandu and a 45-minute drive from Bhairahawa.
Internet connectivity is increasing rapidly, and obviously its availability is most widespread in Kathmandu (especially in Thamel and around the Boudha Stupa in Boudhanath) or Pokhara. In those two cities, most hotels and lodges will have free Internet connection with Wi-Fi. So will many restaurants. More and more villages will have Internet available at some lodges, usually with Wi-Fi.
See also: International Telephone Calls
There are two main mobile operators in Nepal. Government run NTC (Nepal Telecom Company), and private Ncell (previously called Spice Mobile and Mero Mobile). Both operators allow tourists to buy SIM cards for about 200NRs in Kathmandu and most major towns. You will need to bring a passport photo, fill in a form and have your passport and visa page photocopied, expect too also have your finger prints taken. Try to buy the SIM card at a shop owned by the phone company as if you buy it from a corner shop it can take some time for the card to be activated, despite promises that it will be done in " a couple of hours".
Ncell SIM's - can be bought from many stores, but are best bought from official stores in Birgunj or Kathmandu. Micro SIMs can be cut for free if you need. Ncell offers two different SIM cards. The first is a usual SIM card that allows you to make calls to any phone (local calls are about NPR2.5/min), and you can also buy mobile data to use. The second is a data only SIM card, and can not be used for making or receiving calls. The advantage to the second sim being the rates for data are significantly cheaper than a call and data SIM.
Nepal Post is the Postal Service Department of the Nepali Ministry of Information and Communications and the national post office of Nepal. Services are terribly slow, especially to international destinations. Post offices are generally open Sunday to Thursday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and on Friday until 3:00pm, although some offices keep longer hours. For packages, it is recommend to use international courier services like DHL, TNT or UPS.
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