Nepal is home to four World Heritage Sites, two cultural sites and two natural sites. A World Heritage Site is a place recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as being of special cultural or physical significance. To be considered a World Heritage Site, a place must be of “outstanding universal value” and meet at least one of the ten criteria.
Below are details about Nepal’s World Heritage Sites. You can click on the name of each site for more details.
Nepal’s two cultural World Heritage Sites are:
- Lumbini, the Birthplace of Buddha
- 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. Lumbini’s remains contain important evidence about the nature of Buddhist pilgrimage centres from as early as the 3rd century BC. 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. [Read more…]