Sights to See
One of the major highlights of a trip to Vaishali is the Pillar at Kolhua, erected by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BC. This 18.3 m high pillar is made of a highly polished single piece of red sandstone, surmounted by bell shaped capital. A life-size figure of a lion is placed on top of the pillar. There is a small tank here known as Ramkund.
Bawan Pokhar Temple
One of the most visited sites in Vaishali is an old temple located on the northern bank of a tank known as Bawan Pokhar. Built during the Pala period, the temple enshrines beautiful images of several Hindu gods.
This stupa was built with the mortal remains of the Buddha enshrined in it. A stupa is an architectural term for a mound containing a relic of the Buddha and later on of leading Buddhist saints. The exterior of this stupa which is now in a dilapidated condition has a plain surface. One eighth of the sacred ashes of the 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 Buddha.
Raja Vishal ka Garh
A site of historical importance, this huge mound has been identified with ancient Parliament house. It has a circumference of about one km. This site draws its name from an oral tradition, according to which the place was ruled by one Raja Vishal of Ikshvaku dynasty.
Located on the south bank of the Abhishek Pushkarini (Coronation Tank) is the Vishwa Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda) built by the Nipponzan Myohoji sect of Japan.
A sacred site for the Jains, Kundupur is the birth place of 24th Jain Tirthankar, Lord Mahavir.
Coronation Tank or Abhishekh Pushkarni, Its water were believed to be sacred in the old days and all of Vaishali's elected representatives were anointed here before their swearing in.
Other Places of Interest
Chaumukhi Mahadeva, Harikatora Temple, Lotus Tank and Miranji-Ki-Dargah and Jain Temple are other attractions of Vaishali.