Places to Visit in Rajgir Bihar

  • Ashoka Stupa Peak located in Rajgir is believed to be built by the Emperor Ashoka himself as a mark of respect to Griddhakuta. It is mainly a stupa built by bricks which is located next to the Kalakanda Tank. It is an interesting monument for history lovers and the best time to visit this place is in winters.
  • Situated on the western side of the older Venu Vana, the New Venu Vana Vihara was built by Japanese Saint Fuji Guruji in honour of the first Buddhist monastery of the world
  • The Monastery Venuvana Vihara is constructed on the bamboo groves, ‘Venuvana’, that were a gift from the King Bimbisara to Lord Buddha. On knowing that Lord Buddha was arriving at Rajgir, the king planned to meet him at Sapling grove where he was received the teachings of Buddhism and attained the first stage of Sainthood. Later, the king gifted him with Bamboo Grooves, which later on became a monastery with many cleaning and construction work.
  • As the name translates, ‘Ghora Katora Lake’ is known as the bowl of a horse. It is the believed that the lake is situated today where in the times of Mahabharta, Jasardhana’s stable was
  • This fort was built by Magaha’s ruler, Ajatshatru in 6th century BC and is close to the 40 km long ‘Cyclopean wall’ which is spread across 6.5 sq. km
  • Located in the southern side of the city, this jail is the place where Ajatshatru imprisoned his father. Although he did try to reverse the order of his father’s execution but could not make it in time. Later Ajatshatru chose this very place for his re-incarnation as he believed this is place where he can see Lord Buddha
  • Pippala Caves are natural caves situated above the hot springs that were used as watch towers as well as house for monks. It is also believed that Lord Buddha’s disciple, Maha Kashyap also stayed here.
  • The Nalanda Museum is one of the prime tourist attractions of the city. This museum has collections of the rarest artefacts from the reign of Gupta and thereafter ranging from sculptures, antiques, coins to pottery, arts, etc.
  • Commonly known as the hill of vultures, Griddhakuta Hill is one of the major tourist attractions of this city, given that it has few major tourist monuments situated here. It is called as the ‘hill of vultures’ because its shape is similar to that a vulture and but also because it is frequented by vultures for the major period of time. It is at this hill, Buddhist followers believe that Lord Buddha stayed for the longest period of time and preached the Lotus Sutra.
  • Situated at the Vaibhava Hills, the water in these hot springs comes from the Saptadhara passing through the Saptaparni Caves. It is one of the mostly active tourist spot and the Brahmakund spring of the all is the hottest with 450 Celsius temperature. Venu Vana Kalandakanivapa Venu Vana was the green house of King Bimbisara which now has a Buddhist Monastery built in honour of Lord Buddha.
  • Situated in the middle of the city, the Maniyar Math is a structure created in shape of a Stupa. During the excavation, the workers found the shrine of Maniyar after which they named this site. This stupa is hollow from inside and have photos of Buddha engraved on the outer walls
  • Jivika’s Mango Garden is a part of the Jivikameven Garden of the Rajgir City. It is believed that Jivika as a great follower of the Lord Budha and had gifted him a Mango garden where Lord Buddha later came to treat his wound. Today it is one of the prime tourist attractions, especially in the season of Mangos.
  • This is one of the few Pre-Mauryan structures to have ever been found. It is a 40 km wall surrounding the city of Rajgir. It is believed to have been built before the time of Mauryan Rule and remains of which are still seen on way to Gaya from Rajgir. It is better known as the ‘Cyclopean wall’.

  • This place is famous for the lion pillar which is 8.5 m thick polished sandstone having edict engravings on it. it is also believed that the ashes of Lord Buddha are here in this place.
  • Abundant in Rajgir and considered sacred in all three religions practiced here. The Saptarni Cave is the most sacred one whereas the hottest one being Brahmakund with water temperature touching 45 degrees.

  • Abundant in Rajgir and considered sacred in all three religions practiced here. The Saptarni Cave is the most sacred one whereas the hottest one being Brahmakund with water temperature touching 45 degrees.

  • Gifted by the Magadha King Bimbisara to Lord Buddha about 2500 years ago and said to be one of Buddha’s favorite places during his stay there. A big pond in Venu Vana that Lord Buddha used to take bath in this pond everyday lies at the center.

  • Buddha Sangha of Japan constructed a massive modern Stupa, the Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda), at the top of the hill in commemorating Buddha’s second Wheel of Law. A bridle path leads to up to the hill but it is much more fun to take the Aerial Chair lift which operates every day except Thursday. One way ride takes 7.5 minutes and the view is splendid over the hills of Rajgir

  • The oldest in the country, it is a single person chair lift that takes to the top of the hills. From top the scenic views are simply breathtaking.

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