The land of nature and religion
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!
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.
Top things do in Rajgir
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.
- Visit Huen Tsang Memorial Hall.
- Walk through Nalanda Archaeological Museum and ruins.
- Visit Venu Vana Kalandakanivapa.
- Relax at the Rajgir Hot Springs
- Visit Griddhakuta Peak to get a panaromic view of the surroundings
- Visit Sariputra Stupa.
- 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.