The Vaishali Pilgrimage
Vaishali; The Lord Buddha preached his last sermon here before his death in c. 483 BCE and in 383 BCE the Second Buddhist council was convened here by King Kalasoka, making it an important place in the Buddhist religions. It contains one of the best-preserved of the Pillars of Ashoka, topped by a single Asiatic lion.
The city finds mention in the travel accounts of Chinese explorers, Faxian (4th century CE) and Xuanzang (7th century CE), which were later used in 1861 by British archaeologist Alexander Cunningham to first identify Vaishali with the present village of Basrah in Vaishali District, Bihar.
After checking out from the Hotel in Patna, Tour will proceed to Vaishali which is at a distance of 3 Hours from Patna.
At Vaishali we will visit the following places, The Relic Stupa, The Kutagarasala Vihara, The Ananda Stupa, The Coronation Tank, One of The World Peace Pagoda's and the Museum maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
After completing our Tour of Vaishali, we will then proceed to Kushinagar, we will cover this distance in approximately 4 Hours and will check in to Hotel at KushiNagar, for night stay.
The Places you will see At Vaishali
The Relic Stupa or Stupa 1, is where the Licchavis reverentially encased one of the eight portions of the Master's relics, which they received after the Mahaparinirvana. After his last discourse Lord Buddha set out for Kushinagar, but the Licchavis kept following him. The Lord Buddha gave them his alms bowl but they still refused to return. The Master created an illusion of a river in spate which compelled them to go back. This site can be identified with Deora in modern Kesariya village, where Ashoka later built a stupa.
Kutagarasala Vihara is the monastery where Lord Buddha most frequently stayed while visiting Vaishali It is located 3 kilometres from the relic Stupa, and on its ground can be found the Ananda Stupa, with an Asokan pillar in very good condition (perhaps the only complete Asokan pillar left standing), and an ancient pond.
A few hundred metres from the Relic Stupa is Abhishek Pushkarini, the coronation tank. The sacred waters of the tank anointed the elected representatives of Vaishali.
World Peace Pagoda:
Next to the coronation tank stands the Japanese temple and the Visva Santi Stupa (World Peace Pagoda) built by Japanese Nichiren Buddhist sect Nipponzan-Myohoji. A small part of the Buddha's relics found in Vaisali have been enshrined in the foundation and in the chhatra of the Stupa.
There is an Archaeological Survey of India museum near the Vishva Shanti Stupa.