PM Modi to visit Lumbini in Nepal on Buddha Purnima

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Nepal on May 16 for a brief visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, and also hold comprehensive talks with his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba to expand bilateral cooperation in multiple areas, including in hydropower, development and connectivity.

Modi will visit the Himalayan nation at the invitation of Deuba, according to Nepal Prime Minister’s Press advisor Anil Pariyar.

He is paying a day-long visit to Lumbini on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. It will be the prime minister’s fifth visit to Nepal since 2014.

He is scheduled to land in Lumbini at 10 AM (local time) and return home at around 5 PM (local time), according to Indian embassy sources here.