Vaishali today is a small village surrounded by banana, mango groves
and rice fields. But excavations in the area have brought to light
an impressive historical past. The epic Ramayana tells the story
of the heroic King Vishal who ruled here. Historians maintain that
one of the world's first democratic republics with an elected assembly
of representatives flourished here in the 6th century B.C. in the
time of the Vajjis and the Lichchavis. And while Pataliputra, capital
of the Mauryas and the Guptas, held political sway over the Gangetic
plain, Vaishali was a rich center for trade and industry.
Emperor Ashoka built The Lion Pillar at Kolhua. It is made of a
highly polished single piece of red sandstone, surmounted by a bell
shaped capital, 18.3 m high. A life-size figure of a lion is placed
on top of the pillar. There is a small tank here known as Ramkund.
This pillar beside a brick stupa at Kolhua commemorates Buddha's
Bawan Pokhar Temple
An old temple built in the Pala period stands on the northern bank
of Bawan Pokhar and enshrines beautiful images of several Hindu
The exterior of this stupa which is now in a dilapidated condition
has a plain surface. One eighth of the sacred ashes of the lord
Buddha were enshrined here in a stone casket.
Excavation at this site in 1958 led to the discovery of another
casket containing the ashes of the Lord Buddha.
Abhiskek Pushkarn (Coronation tank)
It contains water that was believed to be sacred in the old days.
All of Vaishali's elected representative were anointed here before
their swearing in. The Lichchavi stupa was located near here.
The stone casket of the sacred ashes of Lord Buddha were enshrined
here in Vaishali.
Birth place of Lord Mahavira. 4Km.It is believed that the Jain Tirthankar,
Lord Mahavirwas born over 2550 years ago. Mahavir is said to have
spent the first 22 years of his life here.
Raja Vishal ka Garh
A huge mound with a circumference about one Kilometer and walls
nearly 2 m high with a 43m wide moat around them, is said to be
the ancient parliament house. Over seven thousand representatives
of the federal assembly gathered here to legislate and discuss the
problems of the day.
On the south bank of the coronation tank, built by Buddha Vihar
Several villages around Vaishali make delightful home made toys.Sikki
Work, the humble blade of grass is hand-woven into delightful baskets
and mats. Lac bangles, these handmade lac bangles come from nearby
The nearest airport is Patna (70 Kms).
Hajipur on the north eastern railway station (35 Kms) from Muzaffarpur
Railway station (40 Kms)
Vaishali is well connected by road to Patna (56 Kms), Muzaffarpur
(36 Kms) and Hazipur (35 Kms)
Temperature (Max / Min) Deg C:
Best Season: October to March
General Information & Accomdation info on Vaishali city of Bihar