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For pilgrims, Lumbini is one of the holiest places to visit. It is one of the four sacred sites that Buddha reportedly advised his disciples and followers to see for themselves.
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Our Partners

UNESCO World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme is pleased to be working with a number of partners on this project.
National Geographic

National Geographic is one of the world's most recognised and respected global brands in cultural exploration and storytelling. Through the world’s best scientists, photographers, journalists, filmmakers, and mapmakers, National Geographic captivates and informs a global community through television channels, magazines, children’s media, travel expeditions, books, maps, consumer products, location-based entertainment and experiences, and some of the world's most engaging digital and social media platforms.

National Geographic Maps plays an important role in the project—conducting fieldwork and research, engaging stakeholders, producing content, and designing and building this web platform—in collaboration with MetaLab and Elebase. It has also engaged Solimar International to facilitate workshops and develop sustainable tourism marketing and management plans to support the World Heritage Journeys. >

World Heritage sites

The project has been developed and organised in collaboration with three UNESCO World Heritage sites in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. This includes participating in workshops, liaising with local stakeholders, and submitting content for the website.

Participating World Heritage sites include:

  1. Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha, Nepal
  2. Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi, India
  3. Ruins of the Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur, Bangladesh

In addition to the sites listed, tourism administrations, heritage management authorities and organisations, tourism boards, hospitality industry stakeholders, local communities, sustainable tourism experts and corporate partners have also made valuable contributions to the development of the project.

List of all UNESCO World Heritage sites >

If you would like to help support or expand the World Heritage Journeys Buddha project, please contact us