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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Animesh Kumar

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  • 2 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
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"A great ancient destination"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
There are a lot of great places within few kilometers. Nalanda khandar is a must visit place and it's being reconstructed. Then there are sonbhandar, parks, kind of hot water with some surprises. But the fun begins at the open lift which goes at the top of buddha mountain. It was scary but funny. You will see many monkeys enroute and nice valleys which will take you too past days.
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Rahul Sharma

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  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 5 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"A place with good attractions"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The place has good attractions. There are many temples built by the buddhist monks as rajgir is near to gaya. And is a place of the Lord Buddha which is very good. You can also go to the gardens as there are some gardens which are well cared. And shops which will attract you for buying some products. About local food and shopping the price for food is high as compared to the town.
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Sarvesh Kumar

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  • Lives in Patna
  • 3 Reviews
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"Good place to visit"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Visiting to Rajgir, bihar, India was one of my best destination I have ever visited. Specially the weather at the time of December was very much beautiful. It attracts the history lover there is lot of thing to know and its interesting. It also attracts buddhist. In Rajgir, I have seen forest and Shanti Stupa, which is considered very important for Buddhism.
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Nikita Kumari

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"Attractive place for history lovers"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Rajgir is one of the best place to visit but in winter. It attracts the history lover. There is lot of thing to know and its interesting. It also attracts Buddhism. Lot of people visiting here from China
and lastly in little money you can enjoy much.
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Anurag Prabhakar

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  • Lives in Indore
  • 11 Reviews
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"Fabulous weather in the month of december"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Nov 20, 2014
Visiting Rajgir was one of my best experience I have ever had. Specially the weather in the month of december was the much beautiful. The main place to visit in rajgir is the vishwa shanti stupa at peak of the mountain. The hot water stream present in the city is also a place that people must visit. The city itself is beautiful.
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Raaz Rezler

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"Very good place for travellers."

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 27, 2014
Last month I have visited Rajgir which is located in Nalanda district of Bihar state. In Rajgir I have seen forest and Shanti Stup, which is considered very important for Buddhism. This is an important place of tourism of Bihar. I have also visited the different Kundas. There was seven different Kundas, I have bath in all the Kundas. The water of last Kunda was too hot. There I have also saw a lot of monkeys. This place is religious and wildlife is also incredible there.
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Jitendra Singh

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  • Jitendra Singh
  • Lives in Rajgir
  • 4 Reviews
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"God place for couples"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 25, 2014
This is best experience of my life, because I visit this place with my love. This is best for natural seen & mountain climate. This place is peaceful. I visit this place on Nov-13. It was a good time for visit, because lot of green scenario teamed up with the mountain climate. Over all I enjoy this place with my love.
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Anshuman Choubey

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"A religious place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Sep 24, 2014
Rajgir is a nice place for a religious visit with sightseeing. Hot water spring is main attraction. There are many places nearby to visit. One can visit Nalanda and pawapuri. This place is also focused with Buddhist visitors. Good hotels are available here.
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Kavindra Kumar

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"Rajgir: a winter destination for refreshment"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Sep 4, 2014
Rajgir or Rajgrih(old name) is a small beautiful town located in Nalanda district in Bihar about 100 km from Patna, surrounded by 7 hills and having a history of more than 2500 years. It is nice place to visit during winters. It had been the capital city of Magadh ruled by Jarasandh in the Mahabharata period. Later, it became the capital of Mauryan Empire. The main tourist attractions are Bimbisara Jail, Son Bhandar (gold deposit), Jaiprakash Pushp Vihar (flower garden), Venu Van, Griddhakut mountain(where Gautam Buddha used to deliver sermon), Vishwa Shanti Stupa (peace pagoda) and Virayatan Museum. The main attraction here is the hot water springs. A number of other tourist attractions are here such as Jarasandh akhara, Jain temple, Japanese temple, Satparni cave (where first Buddhist council was held). In the vicinity of it, other religious and world heritage sites are located such as Pawapuri (world ffamous Jaina temple 20 km), the ruins of ancient Nalanda university(17 km) Bodh gaya (approximately 60 km). Rajgir is well connected with Patna and Gaya with a number of trains and buses. there is a daily train from new delhi to rajgir(Shramjeevi express). Patna and Gaya have international airports.
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"Relaxing at Rajgir"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 7, 2013
This was my second visit to Rajgir, the other being in 2008 October.. The speciality of this place is the serenity, and secluded environment that it offers to tourist (not all places in the town though).
I must say, however, that by it's own standards the town is pretty expensive- the hotels especially.. But still, it's worth it. Be it the ropeway journey to the Jain temples on the hill in the evening, or Bimbisara's prison (where he was imprisoned by his son Ajatshatru), or be it the chariot marks (from Mahabharata era), or the Hanuman Kund (hot spring), and the cave paintings, this place is a perfect short winter destination..
Food is not up to the mark though, in all places, you have to be very choosy..
Don't miss the Pawan Puri temple on the way to Nalanda or Bodh Gaya, if you are travelling by road.
Travelling by road will be best for tourists from West Bengal, though trains are available from Howrah.
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