Oldest Buddhist Shrine Uncovered In Nepal

73832_990x742-cb1385398673Time to push back the Buddha’s birth date a century or so? Archaeologists may have uncovered evidence of the oldest Buddhist shrine yet discovered, dating to around 550 B.C.Located at Nepal’s Lumbini pilgrimage center, the legendary site of the Buddha’s birth, the discovery points to the renowned religious figure living more than a century earlier than dates accepted by many scholars.
“What we have got is the earliest Buddhist shrine in the world,” says archaeologist Robin Coningham of the United Kingdom’s Durham University, lead author of the discovery study, released on Monday by the journal Antiquity. Continue Reading→

Nepal-India Tourism Mart to be held in Lumbini

KATHMANDU: Nepal and India are jointly organising their first ever Tourism Mart in Lumbini with the purpose of promoting tourism between the two countries to mark the end of Visit Lumbini Year 2012, on January 15.

Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation and Nepal and Indian Council of Cultural Relations are jointly hosting the Tourism Mart on January 15 and 16 in Lumbini, followed by similar marts in Pokhara and Kathmandu, respectively in February and March. Continue reading