Located within a valley surrounded by dense forests, Rajgir is situated 15 kms from the city of Nalanda. This place holds importance in Buddhism religion as Gautam Budhha spent many years in this place supposedly believed to have stayed at Jivekarmavan monastery. The teachings of Buddha were notated in Rajgir and the first Buddhist Council was held here too. Legends have a lot of mythical stories attached to this land aging back to the epic of Mahabharata. People can reach this place from Patna Airport too apart from commuting through Indian Railways and through roads. The best time to visit this place is in the months from October to March.
Nearest airport is Patna, 110 kilometers away.
Though Rajgir has its own station and connects to New Delhi using Shramjeevi Express, locals vote for using Gaya as a convenient railhead.
Rajgir is on the national road network and is easily accessible.
Rajgir and Rajgir Hills are best visited from October to March. Summers are very hot and rainy season is very humid and not recommended... read more...
Rajgir Dance Festival
Rajgir Dance festival is the biggest festival celebrated in this city by the Buddhist as well as Jainis. It is celebrated in the month of October, mostly during the 24-26th. This festival becomes the platform for all different cultures to blend into one and colour the environment with their joy. Organized by the State Tourist Department of Bihar, this festival is celebrated with all art forms.
Makar Sankranti is celebrated during the mid of the January, and at the last day of the Lunar Calender month. People celebrating this estival in Rajgir, take a dip in the holy water from Hot springs and offers prayers and flowers in temples.
It is believed that the Indian Solar Calender in every third year has 13 months instead of 12, and this 13th month (Malamasa) is considered to be auspicious. At Rajgir, Malamasa Fair is organised every three years to celebrate this 13th month.
Rajgir is famous for woodwork crafts and thus local markets would be a good option to buy wooden crafts as souvenirs. Apart from wooden work, one can Madhubani Paintings which although are a speciality of Patna but are found across Bihar. Adding to these, tourists can also engage in finding crafts like Khatwa appliqué and papier mache, Sujini embroidery, etc.
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