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Rajgir Travel

Rajgir India was the ancient capital of Magadh and the meditation place of the Great Buddha. Ajatsatru, the son of Bimbisara raised a stupa at the fort in honour of Buddha. Presumed to be an important Buddhist pilgrimage site, it was here that Buddha spent 12 years in retreat at the Jivkamaravana monasteries in a beautiful orchard. Lord Buddha converted the Mauryan king Bimbisara, one of his most celebrated followers to accept Buddhism at the Griddhakuta hill, where he also delivered many of his sermons as well.
Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Rajgir
Rajgir is also an important place of pilgrimage for the Hindus and Jains in India. Lord Buddha spent his days of retreat during the rainy season and used to meditate and preach on Gridhrakuta, the "Hill of the Vultures". Lord Mahavir also spent 14 years of his life at Rajgir.


Location of Rajgir
Rajgir is situated 10 kms south of Nalanda and some 60 km away from the state capital Patna. Rajgir is considered sacred to the memory of the founder of both Buddhism and Jainism. Rajgir was earlier the ancient capital of the Magadha kings.

Climate in Rajgir
Summer are hot and humid and the average temperature can reach approximately 45°C. Winters are cold with the average night temperature at around 10°C. Normally, temperature stays around 20°C. The best time to travel the place is from October to February.
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Major Buddhist Attractions of Rajgir
Gridhrakuta or Vulture's Peak - The Vulture peak is the exact location in Rajgir where Lord Buddha sat in meditation for three months in the rainy season. The Buddha sangha of Japan have constructed the massive modern stupa called the Viswa Santi stupa at the top of the hill. A path goes up to the hill but there is also an aerial chairlift. The Vishwa Shanti Stupa is on a 400 m high hill and is built in marble. The four shining statues of Buddha are on the four sides of the stupa.

Saptaparni Cave - Just outside the town and on the Vaibhara hill are the Saptarni Caves. It was here that the first Buddhist Council gathered shortly after the Buddha's death to compile his teachings in writing. The Pippala Cave is nearby which was once used as a watchtower and later as an abode for the hermits.
Saptaparni Cave, Rajgir
Jain Temples - Far towards the Vaibhara hill one can see about 26 Jain temples which are difficult to approach for the untrained, but can make up for an exciting trekking for the strong and adventure lovers. Built around the hot springs these shrines are of great importance to the Jains.

Venu Vana Monastery - King Bimbisar, the ruler of Magadha built the Venu Vana Monastery as a residential place for Lord Buddha. It was then gifted to Lord Buddha by the king, who was a firm follower of the Buddha and even converted to Buddhism under the instructions of the lord. The place looks like a monastery in the Japanese style. This is the place where the Buddha formed the Vinaya rules, told Jataka stories and gave holy discourses which makes an interesting place to travel.

Hot Springs - Evolving from the bottom of the Vaibhava Hill are the seven hot springs, called Saptadhara, that attract all - from the travellers to the people suffering from health problems. The hottest of these sulphur springs is the Brahmakund, where the water is a steaming 45 degrees centigrade. Buddha used the waters of the saptadhara to heal the sick and the sufferers.

Ajatasatru's Fort - This fort comes complete with watch towers and ramps giving access to the top of the fort for locating enemy hiding nearby. Built in the 5th century its outer wall was made of block stones to give additional strength to the massive bastion.


Travel Attractions Nearby Rajgir
Mahabodhi Temple - The Mahabodhi temple is located at the same place where Lord Buddha got enlightenment, it is one of the major travel attraction of Rajgir. It consists of a tower 179ft in height. To the inner side of the sanctum, there is a statue of lord Buddha and a Siva linga to the center of the temple. The temple is also considered sacred to the Hindus since it was believed that Lord Buddha was the ninth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.


Mahabodhi Temple, Rajgir Shopping in Rajgir
Local handicraft and small religious items like beads, incense sticks, metal statues etc can be found available on the streets nearby the places of travel attractions.


Accommodation
The hotels in Rajgir provide fine services and modern benefits to all the travellers in the hotel. Hotel Centaur Hokke, a 4 star accommodation place is a masterpiece of Indian taste, art and architecture. With interiors of Japanese style the hotel offers a luxurious stay.


How to Reach
By Air - The nearest airport is Patna situated at a distance of 107km from Rajgir.
By Rail - The nearest railhead lies in Bhaktiyarpur, 54 kms far and the loop line connects Rajgir to other places of the state.
By Road - Rajgir is well connected by road to Patna, Gaya and Delhi and Kolkatta. Regular buses ply on these roads for the comfort of the travellers.


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