Rajgir Tourism
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Rajgir Tourism

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  • State: Bihar
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
The town of Rajgir is situated about 15 km from Nalanda in the state of Bihar. The town gained prominence as a tourist spot owing to the number of temples and monasteries it houses. Geographically, Rajgir is located within a valley and is surrounded by lush green forests.

Rajgir was the capital of the Magadh Mahajanpad (State) when Patliputra was not formed. In those days it was called Rajgrih. Rajgir or Rajgrih means ‘the home of Royalty’. This place has been associated with Lord Buddha and Buddhism. Buddha spent many years in Rajgir. The Jivekarmavan monastery was the preferred residence of the Buddha. Even Bimbisar gave Venuvan Vihar to Buddha for his residence.

It is said that it was at Rajgir that physicians treated Buddha after his injury at the hands of his cousin Devdatta. The teachings of Buddha were penned in Rajgir and it was also the venue for the first Buddhist Council. This is why Rajgir is a place of tremendous importance among Buddhists.

There are also some beautiful Hindu and Jain temples in the town of Rajgir. Owing to the warm water ponds prevalent in this area, numerous people come here for health reasons as well.  These ponds are said to contain some medicinal properties which help in curing many skin diseases.

The Saptparni cave is the source of the Rajgir Hot Water Springs that are known to have curative properties and are sacred to the Hindus and Buddhists. Another attraction of the region is the ropeway that leads uphill to the Vishwa Shanti Stupa (one of the 80 Peace Pagodas in the world) and the monasteries built by Japanese devotees of the Buddha on top of the Ratnagiri Hills.

The Venu Vana is an artificial forest, where one can enjoy eternal peace and meditate. Other tourist attractions are Bimbisar's Jail, Ajatshatru's Fort and Jarasandh's Akhara.

The city of Patna, capital of Bihar, is the access point for travelling to Rajgir. The Patna Airport is the nearest airport from where one can connect by train to Rajgir. There are buses and taxis also available from Patna to Rajgir.

The temperature in the summer season, from April to June, ranges from a maximum of 40° Celsius to a minimum of 20° Celsius. In winters, it ranges from 28° Celsius to 6° Celsius. The rainy season is from mid-June to September. October and March are relatively pleasant and dry months and are the best times to visit Rajgir.

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Mishank Shah

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  • Mishank Shah
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 4 Reviews
  •  533 readers

"Unforgettable Rajgir!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I have visited Rajgir last month with family. The atmosphere of Rajgir is awesome. I have visited to 5 Hills there. First time ever seen a hot water stream. People are so religious and helpful in Rajgir. My family fully enjoyed for 2 days. I suggest it is a must visit to Rajgir.
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Aakif Ejaz

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  • Aakif Ejaz
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 5 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
  •  1606 readers

"Rajgir A Blend of History & Calm"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Rajgir is not much talked about but you will not regret your visit to this beautiful place. There is a feel of devotion all around as there are many 'kunds', Jain temples and Buddhist temples. A few kilometers away are the ruins of the famous Nalanda University. You can take a ride on cable chair to see the Vishwa Shanti Stupa. Swarna Bhanda is not well maintained. An hour ride can take you to Pawapuri where you can see Mahavira Samadhi made of white marble.
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Pallai venkata Lakshmipathy

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  • Pallai venkata Lakshmipathy
  • 4 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
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"A nice place & a best place for adventure"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Visiting any Shanti stupa is always awe inspiring. The way you travel adds to that experience. Arriving at the starting point one has a choice of trekking or going by cable car. The trek was out of the question, and one had to use the cable car though it looked scary. There is only a flimsy rod to hold you securely in the cable car, and one was never sure when it will come off. Further, the car hardly stops for people to get on and off, so unless one can move quickly, it is difficult. Once you reach the top, it is a steep walk further, and if you have elderly people with you, or walk handicapped, do not even attempt to go up.

Further, along the way from the stop of the cable car on top, there are a lot of monkeys. Though they are in their own world, and gape at people as much as people gape at them, one has to be careful after all they are wild in the open. Enough facilities around like restaurants and toilets and a great view once you are on top.

You can wear your footwear up the hill, but if you want to climb to the first floor of the stupa, you will have to take off your footwear. There is no secure footwear stand, but the footwear are generally safe as very few people are up there. Worth a visit if you have nothing else to do, or if you are interested in history so much.
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Manoj Prabhakar

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  • Manoj Prabhakar
  • Lives in Bihar Sharif
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  • 1 Review
  •  187 readers

"A very good place for weekend!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Rajgir has much importance as historical, pilgrimage and environmental also. As historical it was the capital of Magadh, which is related to Jarasanda, Bhima and Krishna. As environmental it has very good climate. Here kund of warm water is also a point of attraction.
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Supriyo

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  • Supriyo
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews
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"Awssome experience about Rajgir"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Rajgir is a wonderful historical place. As well as taking a short break from daily routine life. There are many historical sites to be seen which cannot be finished in a short visit. For example the famous Nalanda university which is spreaded over a few kilometres. If one is in a haste to finish the visit it is of no meaning. Because to know the ancient history & the then life can't be completed in a hour or two.

Therefore one should take enough time to complete journey. There are also other places of interest of equal historical importance which one should not miss while visiting to Rajgir. Apart from Rajgir, Bodhgaya is also an important place well known for Buddhist pagoda & Buddhism where lord Buddha achieved Nirvana. People should not miss the temple where lord Buddha had stayed Viswa shaniti stupa is equally famous which must be seen. The Hot spring in Rajgir is very interesting. A bath in hot spring will give relief from physical exertion & also impart mental peace Local inhabitants are cooperative & honest. We had a wonderful time in Rajgir & adjacent areas. As a proud Indian I will always advice my neighbour to go to Rajgir at least one to gain a beautiful & pleasure experience.
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Vikas Jalan

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  • Vikas Jalan
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review
  •  188 readers

"Overall it was good trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
A very nice place for weekend getaway. Buddhism, rope way, Valley & Museum, all these exist in calm n quiet serene environment. A pleasant experience. Weather is flirting & gives you romantic feelings. Plush greenery & aromatic air makes a delight for eyes & lungs. Go there if you go Bihar.
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Abhishek Kumar

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  • Abhishek Kumar
  • Lives in Patna
  • 1 Review
  •  179 readers

"Must-visit destination!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Starting with the Gauri Kund, it was phenomenal, the water from the hot water springs will give you goosebumps. Later on the famous Buddhist temple 'vishw santi stupa' was magnificent, going by the architecture and the peaceful surroundings, just one word to explain it 'wow'. Also, not to forget about the aerial rope way and the sight from the aerial rope way is exciting and thrilling.
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Kumar Dipankar

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  • Kumar Dipankar
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  192 readers

"Place to visit again & again"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Rajgir is a very good, clean, peaceful and wonderful place to spend holiday. Here you will get temple of all religions and so many other place to visit near by place also, let me list some of name like:
1. Swarn bhandar,
2. Vishwa shanti stupa (awesome place )
3. Hot water spring(24x7 hot water is coming there, you can have a bath there).
4. Venu wan (place where Lord Buddha stayed when he visited Rajgir).
5. Pandu pokhar
6. Cyclopean wall,
7. Maniyar mathh.
8. Hiran van (dear forest) nd so many other caves and near by places are ruins of Nalanda, Whien Tsang memorial, Kundalpur(birth place of lord mahavir) and pavapuri etc.

Rajgir is famous for its vegetarian food and good quality hotels to stay and most important in month of December there is a big carnival called as" rajgir mahotsav".
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Ved prakash Sharma

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  • Ved prakash Sharma
  • Lives in Aurangabad
  • 1 Review
  •  163 readers

"Bihar best tourist destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 14, 2016
Bihar best tourist destination, also near Nalanda University and Bodh Gaya both, hilly areas, Buddhist Temples Bodh Gaya Bodhi Vriksha and Kakolat all are near to this place also Akhara of Jarasandha and the kind of warm water is very famous and Gaya is also near it.
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Sulav Kumar

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  • Sulav Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 31 Reviews
  •  17 helpful votes
  •  16792 readers

"Beautiful part of Bihar"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 7, 2016
If you are Mahabharata fan, this is the right place for you. A beautiful hill station with hot water springs. The place is of religious and historical importance. You have to experience the epic and rare 'taanga ride'. Hotel and stays are cheap. About a hundred km from Patna and Gaya. Roadways are also a good attraction here. I would suggest to go trekking on at least 1 of the several peaks. Best time to visit is Dec-Jan.
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