Lumbini is the birth place of Buddha, 563 BC. The sacred area of Lumbini is one of the holiest places in the world for one of the world’s great religions. It is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage centers from its beginning in the 5th century BC into the present. About 28 km west of Lumbini is Tilaurakot, the ancient capital of the Sakyas. 37 Km east of Lumbini is Devada, the capital of the Kolyas. Many temples are still being built in the area. In 1997 Lumbini became a World Heritage Site. Lumbini is about 20 km from the Gautam Buddha Airport and about 300 km south west of Kathmandu.