Vaishali is a pilgrim center situated on the banks of the Gandak River, especially for Buddhists and Jains. This place is closely connected with Buddha
and Lord Mahavir
, the founders of
respectively. It is the birth place of Lord Mahavir. Lord Buddha spent many years here and delivered his last sermon at Kolhua
that lies nearby.
There are a number of historical places and monuments in and around Vaishali, which include the Ashoka Pillar at Kolhua, ancient tanks, Jain Temples, Buddha Stupa I and Buddha Stupa II, Museum, Bawan Pokhar Temple, Coronation tank, Karikatora Temple, Miranji Ka Durgah, Chandra Mukhi Mahadev and Raja Vaishal Ka Ghar.
Vaishali is well-connected by roads and located 56 km from Patna, 36 km from Muzzaffarpur and 35 km from Hajipur. The nearest airport is at Patna and railway station, Hajipur.