THE LAND OF KING VISHAL
Vaishali derives its name from King Vishal, whose story of valour is narrated in the Ramayana. History accounts that when Pataliputra was the capital of Magadha, Vaishali emerged as a center of trade, industry and commerce. The world's first democracy with a duly elected council-- Vajji, had its seat of administration in Vaishali.
Being associated with Buddha and Jain Tirthankars, Vaishali has emerged as a historical and scenic place. Lord Buddha came thrice here and also gave his last sermon at Vaishali. Amrapali, a courtesan, gifted a mango grove to Buddha and later she became a Buddhist nun. Vaishali was also the venue for the second Buddhist council, 100 years after the death of Buddha.
Vaishali is also considered to be the birthplace of Jain Tirthankar, Mahavira, by the Swetambar sect of Jains. Many historical monuments and material were found in the excavations at Vaishali.
Ashokan Pillar :
Also known as the 'Singh Stambh' or Lion Pillar, this pillar is supposed to have been built by Emperor Ashoka. This pillar is one of the masterpieces in the art of sculpting. Four lions crown this pillar. These lions form the national emblem of India.
The Fort Of King Vishal:
This one kilometer long fort is said to have housed the parliament of olden times. This fort is named after King Vishal. The fort was a part of the oldest democracy in the world. The construction of this fort is worth giving a look.
The museum of Vaishali is worth visiting. This museum houses some of the excavated artifacts from Vaishali.
Abhishek Pushkarni :
About the Abhishek Pushkarni , it is said that a king was anointed with the water of this tank before his coronation. Then there are the Stupas, and the Dargah of Miran ji, which are some of the tourist places in Vaishali. The stupas found in Vaishali had stone caskets, which contained the relics of Buddha.
Just 15 kms from Nalanda is located the complex of temples and monasteries. The place is called Rajgir. It is one of the most important tourist places in India. Being located in a valley, Rajgir is a very scenic place.
HOW TO GET THERE
The nearest airport is that of Patna and no direct air service is available for Vaishali. The Patna Airport is just 55 kms from Vaishali.
Vaishali does not have direct railway station. The North Eastern railway stations of Patna, Muzzaffarpur and Hajipur are railheads from where the onward journey to various places in India can be carried out.
The place is well connected by roads and regular bus services are available from Patna and other near by towns.
Local Transport : Taxis, local buses.
WHERE TO STAY Tourist Bunglow and Youth Hostel, both run by Bihar Tourism.
Vaishali is very close to Patna, so most of the shopping done by the local people is in markets of Patna. For a tourist, there are no specific shops to look into. But a visitor can take home the clay and terracotta items, which can be used as toys by the children or can be used as decorative pieces. These clay items are manufactured in the nearby villages. The toys are often imitation of human or animals figures.
Other useful Information
Tourist Information Center -Vaishali, Bihar, India.
Altitude: 52 metres.
Rainfall: 120 cms.
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