|• Mayor||Kiran Sing (NC)|
|• Deputy Mayor||Laxmi Kasaudhan (NC)|
|Elevation||107 m (351 ft)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:45 (NST)|
|The Four Main Sites|
|Four Additional Sites|
Taulihawa, also known as Kapilavastu, is a municipality and administrative center of Kapilvastu District in Province No. 5 of southern Nepal. Taulihawa is located roughly 25 kilometres (16 mi) to the south-west of Lumbini, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Gautama Buddha.
The municipality lies at an altitude of 107 metres (351 ft) above sea level on Nepal's southern border across from Uttar Pradesh state, India. There is a customs checkpoint for goods while movement of Indian and Nepalese nationals across the border is unrestricted. Taulihawa had a population of 27,170 at the time of the 2001 Nepal census.
Many historians claim Tilaurakot located in Kapilavastu municipality (Taulihawa) to be the ancient city of Kapilavastu. On the other hand, some other archaeologists have identified present-day Piprahwa, India as the location for the historical site of Kapilavastu.  The 19th-century search for the historical site of Kapilavastu followed the accounts left by Faxian and later by Xuanzang, who were Chinese Buddhist monks who made early pilgrimages to the site. Kapilavastu was an ancient city and the capital city of the Shakya kingdom. King Śuddhodana and Queen Māyā are believed to have lived at Kapilavastu, as did their son Prince Siddartha Gautama until he left the palace at the age of 29.
There are many sites of historical interest in or very close to Kapilavastu, including:
- Arourakot Darbar
- Bargadawa Stupa
- Derwa Stupa
- Gotihawa, birthplace of Kakusandha Buddha, marked by an Ashoka pillar
- Jagdishpur Reservoir
- Kanthak Stupa
- Kapilvastu Museum
- Kopawa Stupa
- Kudan (ruins of a Buddhist monastery where Buddha stayed when visiting Kapilavastu)
- Lohasariya Stupa
- Lumbini, birthplace of Gautama Buddha
- Nigalikot, birthplace of Koṇāgamana Buddha, marked by an Ashoka pillar
- Paltimai Temple
- Pipara Stupa
- Premnagar Stupa
- Rampur Siddhipur Stupa
- Sagarahawa Reservoir
- Sarkup Pokhari
- Semara Shiv Mandir
- Sihokhor Stupa
- Siseniya Stupa
- Tauleshwor Nath Mandir (Shree Tauleshwor Nath Mandir) is a devotional temple for Hindus. Many Hindus come here to worship Lord Shiva during the Maha Shivaratri festival.
- Twin Stupa
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- Description of Kapilavastu by the Chinese pilgrim monk Faxian (399-414 AC)
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