A small town nestled in the interiors of Bihar, Vaishali is the birthplace of Lord Mahavira. It is a pilgrimage destination that is widely acknowledged among the Buddhist and Jain devotees for its immense spiritual relevance. The city is steeped in history and that bucolic charm forms the heartbeat of the town. If you’re someone who loves to explore unusual destinations, then you must add Vaishali to your list. The balance of the past and present will leave you mesmerized in their delightful charm. There are various tourists’ attractions and pilgrimage sites like – Ashoka Pillar, stupas, temples, and pagodas which are highly recommended for you to visit whenever you are here. The history gives a glimpse into the glorious bygone times of the region. Plan your trip during the Vaishali Mahotsav to get a glimpse of local art and culture. You can pick up local handicrafts and witness different dance forms of the region.
Mahabodhi Temple, Mahabodhi Park, Mahabodhi Museum, Mahabodhi Site
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Vaishali is a small town tugged in the interiors of Bihar, India. It is also a highly revered Hindu, Buddhist and Jain pilgrimage site. Vaishali also written as Vesali is a renowned archaeological site with a number of priceless excavations that have paved path to deep religious & cultural insights. Earlier Vaishali was in the jurisdiction Muzaffarpur district and later became a district in 1972. The famous World Peace Pagoda here was built by a Japanese new religion sect - Nipponzan-Myhji-Daisanga.
Said to be one of the first republic of the world, Vaishali was named after King Vishal, of Mahabharat era. It is also the city where Lord Mahavir was born and where Gautam Buddha delivered his last sermon. The town is also known as the birthplace of Ambapali, a famous Indian courtesan. Vajji clan of Mithila had made Vaishali the capital of their vibrant republican in in 6th century BC, before the advent of Buddhism and Jainism, here. It is said to be the first republic of the world even before ancient Greece. Different important religious and historical attractions here attract tourists all around the year.
At the time of the Buddha, Vaishali, was a very large, rich and prosperous city, crowded with people and had abundant food.
Nalanda flourished under the Gupta Empire in the 5th and 6th centuries and later under the emperor of Kannauj. Documented history of this place started under the Gupta Empire and later the institute extended exponentially. This place is a cultural legacy to be prized and cherished. But Nalanda was plundered, destroyed by Muslim Mamluk Turkish kings and suffered a major ruin under the rule of Pala. Much later, in 1915 the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) surveyed, investigated the ruins and studied the site, which further led to excavation of six temples and eleven monasteries.
There are not too many places of sightseeing here but the excavations are great source of knowledge and insight into our very old seat of learning & knowledge. Your “must see” list in Nalanda should include the Great Stupa, Nalanda Archaeological Museum, and the Nalanda Multimedia Museum. The “viharas” or monasteries, the “chaiyas” or temples, and the museums are must see. Once can see collection of bronzes, coins, terracotta jars, a sample of burnt rice etc. of original Buddhist stupas. History & heritage of Nalanda allures global tourists.
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