Lumbini has a number of temples, including the Mayadevi temple, and others under construction. It remained neglected for centuries. Lumbini is situated in the southern Terai plains of Nepal and is about 300 kilometers southwest of Kathmandu. It is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha and therefore is considered a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists. In 250 BC, Emperor Ashoka built a stone pillar containing an inscription about the birth of Buddha. Lumbini bears not only a historical and religious significance but also cultural significance. Lumbini Garden, Maya Devi Temple, Tara Foundation, World Peace Pagoda, the Temple of China, the monastery in Thailand, Burma Temple (Myanmar), Nepal Buddha Temple and the Buddhist monastery Dharmaswami are the main attractions of Lumbini. There is a museum and research center for Buddhism. It is also considered a bird watching destination ideal, as it hosts many species of rare birds. Many high quality hotels, restaurants and lodges are available in Lumbini.