The land of nature and religion

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Hindi and Bihari

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October-March

Gaya Airport
16℃ to 26℃

Rajgir Tourism

Rajgir was originally known as Girivraj and is one of the first capitals of the Maghada empire. Under the rule of the Maghada dynasty, Rajgir was called as Rajgriha which literally means "the home of Royalty". Shishunaga claimed Rajgir to be it's capital under the Shishunaga Dynasty before it moved to Pataliputra. History also remembers this place to be one of the first places where Lord Gautam Buddha came for meditation.

Located in the lush green and rocky hills, Rajgir is a small city in Bihar. It has a spiritual sense in its air. What's interesting about this place is that it comes under the Nagaland district under the Indian State of Bihar. In the earlier days when medicine was not a usual practice, people would advise making a visit to the Rajgir hot springs. It was believed that these hot springs have healing powers to give aid to the people.  Rajgir is known to be the place where Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavir are said to have spent time thereby making it a very important religious place.

Nature has blessed this place with a dense forest, green valley and elaborate caves. The presence of Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavir makes it notable for Buddhism and Jainism. Rajgir literally means "Royal Mountains". The historical significance of this place can be dated back to the fifth century BC. The significant presence of various Buddhist and Jain scriptures tell about the presence of these communities. The historical and spiritual aura of this place calls you out to visit!

Things to do in Rajgir

1.Saptaparni Caves

1 kilometres from city centre

Host to the first Buddha Council, Saptaparni Caves is a very well known tourist spot. I...

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2.Rajgir Ropeway

3 kilometres from city centre

Timings: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Entry Fee: Adults: INR 60, Kids: INR 30 Rajgir ropeway giv...

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3.Maniar Matth

2 kilometres from city centre

Maniar Matth was once a monastery for a cult that used to worship snakes. The carvings ...

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4.Pawapuri

14 kilometres from city centre

This 2600-year-old site is famous for being the burial place of Lord Mahavir. It is loc...

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5.Venuvana

0 kilometres from city centre

Timings: All days of the week, 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM Entry Fee: INR 7 for Indian, INR 100 ...

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6.Kundalpur

15 kilometres from city centre

Timings: 6am-6pm Lord Mahavir was the 24th and the last of the Jain Thirthankaras and ...

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7.Veerayatan Museum

1 kilometres from city centre

If you wish to know the history of the 24 Jain Tirthankars then Veerayatan Museum is th...

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8.Japanese Stupa

0 kilometres from city centre

Timings: 8.15 am - 1pm and 2pm-5pm The beautiful marble pillar showcases four differen...

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9.Sonabhandar

1 kilometres from city centre

Located on the southern slopes of  Vaibhava Hills, Sonabhandar features black stone sta...

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10.Makhdum Kund

1 kilometres from city centre

Makhdum Kund is famous as a religious and spiritual place. It is the shrine of the Musl...

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11.Tapodharma or the Lakshmi Narayan Mandir

1 kilometres from city centre

Tapodharma was once home to an ancient Buddhist monastery which now has a Laksmi Naraya...

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12.Bimbisara's Jail

3 kilometres from city centre

Bimbisara's Jail has a story to tell. To be able to live through this story as you walk...

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13.Cyclopean Walls

0 kilometres from city centre

The Mauryans built this wall around the city in order to fortify the city. These walls ...

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Coexistence of Buddhism and Jainism

Rajgir is known to be the place where Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavir are said to have spent time thereby making it a very important religious place. The presence of Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavir makes it notable for Buddhism and Jainism. Nature has blessed this place with a dense forest, green valley and elaborate caves. Located in lush green and rocky hills, Rajgir is a small city in Bihar. The historical significance of this place can be dated back to the fifth century BC. Rajgir was originally known as Girivraj and is one of the first capitals of the Maghada empire.

How to reach

Reaching Rajgir is not much hassle as it is well connected with other major cities either by roadways, airways or railways. Frequent buses ply to and from this city to other major cities of Bihar.

How to Reach by Flight

Rajgir doesn't have its own airport. The nearest airport is in Bodh Gaya, Patna that is 57 km away from the city of Rajgir. From there one can always hire a car or taxi to reach Rajgir.

How to Reach by Train

Rajgir has its own railways station with daily trains from major cities like Delhi, Kolkata etc.

How to Reach by Bus

There are many frequent buses that commute from many cities and towns across India. BSTDC have a range of buses starting from non-air conditioned to air-conditioned at variable prices. These buses ply from Bodh Gaya and Patna on a regular basis.

How to Reach by Road

Buses and cabs are available for commuting to the city from other cities.

How to travel within

Taxis, cabs and tongas are available for travel within the city.

Food of Rajgir

Food in Rajgir touches two extremes. There is the basic and staple North Indian food and on the other hand, there is exquisite Japanese, Thai, Korean and Chinese cuisine. Fine dining may not be a concept here but food can be easily available around tourist spots and other attractions. Mainly, Bihari food will be available around this place. 

Rajgir Itinerary

DAY 1:

- Visit Huen Tsang Memorial Hall.

- Walk through Nalanda Archaeological Museum and ruins. 

-  Visit Venu Vana Kalandakanivapa.

DAY 2:

- Relax at the Rajgir Hot Springs

- Visit Griddhakuta Peak to get a panaromic view of the surroundings

- Visit Sariputra Stupa.

DAY 3:

- Visit Bimbisar Jail for some history.

- Visit the Vishwa Shanti Stupa.

- Take a walk in the Jivaka's Mango Garden.

- Visit the Ghora Katora Lake.

- Reach the Ashok Stupa Peak.

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