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Vaishali



 


What :

Numerous religions intersected in the ancient city of Vaishali during the 5th century B.C. Buddhist tradition holds that the Buddha gave his last sermon in the city before dying, and Bhagwan Mahavira, the 24th Jain Tirthankara (saint or teacher), was born and raised here.

Before the religions of Jainism and Buddhism made the ancient city an important pilgrimage site, Vaishali was already a rich city serving as the capital of the Licchavi republic. It’s thought the city had over 7,000 parks and pleasure grounds for its wealthy inhabitants to enjoy, many of which have been restored to their former glory in the past century for pilgrims and travelers on tours of India to enjoy. There were hundreds of stone-lined water tanks across the grounds, and many of these ancient communal water wells are still visible.

The coronation tank, a large rainwater pool, was used for religious ceremonies and anointment of the early republic’s chosen rulers. Next to the tank the Vishwa Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda) is a modern Japanese temple marking the former city’s religious importance throughout world history. The Vaishali Museum is close by, and the displays and relics contained within add historical perspective to one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage points in Northern India.

An Ashoka Pillar stands near the water tank, and the 2600-year-old monolith is capped by a well-preserved lion statue. Emperor Ashoka converted to Buddhism, and marked his pilgrimages to India’s most important Buddhist sites with these pillars.


When :

The months from October through March have the best weather for travelers on luxury India tours to visit this ancient and important site. The temperature steadily rises from April through June until the heat is quenched by monsoons between July and September.


Where :

Vaishali lies north of Patna, which is the capital of the Northern Indian state of Bihar. The ancient city ruins are best reached by private vehicle departing from Patna.


Who :

Vaishali is an important pilgrimage point for Buddhist and Jain religions, and guests on our tours of India relish the chance to visit this ancient capital that influenced the world with its religious teachings.


Appropriate Attire :

Dress for warm weather in light clothing while visiting the ruins, and bring along a good pair of shoes to walk around the garden areas and historic structures that dot the landscape.




Guest Reviews :

 
  Robin and Clifford Topol
April 2014
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February 2014
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