Prime Minister Narendra Modi will only travel to Kathmandu when he will leave on Tuesday to attend the SAARC summit in Nepal, despite his wish to visit other parts of the country including Janakpur, the revered Hindu religious site.
A shutdown affected normal life in Janakpur in Nepal Friday after 22 political parties announced a strike protesting against the cancellation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s visit to the town revered by Hindus and Buddhists.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address Nepalese people at three major pilgrimage sites - Janakpur, Lumbini and Muktinath - which he will visit during his four-day trip to Nepal to attend the SAARC Summit.
India and Nepal are "seriously working together" to link Lumbini, birth place of Lord Budhha, with Bodh Gaya where he is said to have gained enlightenment, as part of promoting a combined Buddhist pilgrimage circuit.
India and Nepal on Saturday stressed for Greater mutual cooperation in pilgrimage tourism by promoting a combined Buddhist pilgrimage circuit, linking Lumbini with Bodh Gaya to strengthen bilateral ties.
Nepal on Thursday said it plans to build an international airport near Lord Buddha`s birthplace in Lumbini, a town close to the Indo-Nepal border, under a Chinese-backed USD 3 billion project modelled on Mecca.
Evidence of a previously unknown wooden structure unearthed at the Gautama Buddha`s birthplace suggests the sage might have lived in the 6th century BC, two centuries earlier than thought, archeologists said Monday.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose last visit here was abruptly cut short due to the terror attack on Lankan players in Pakistan, on Friday visited Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha in western Nepal.