Rajgir is an important and beautiful destination. Rajgir literally means “The house of king”. It is around 80 kms from PATNA (Bihar State Capital and Ancient Capital of India) and 80 Kms from Bodhgaya (The Land where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment).This is placed in the natural setting where one get to see beautiful hills, green forests, caves, hot water source, Hindu, Buddhist & Jain temples and a lot of interesting sightseeing options .Rajgir Tourism offers multiple interesting options to choose from them. This place is also an important religious place for Hindus, Buddhists and Jains and is well associated with MAHABHARATA PERIOD and BUDDHISM unveiling their evidences through places, ruins and caves around and can be reached out very easily.
For Buddhism this place in very important because of being the host place of the First Buddhist Council which was held in one of the caves of hills of Rajgir called “Saptparni Cave”. Lord Buddha had spent several months meditating, and preaching here at “Griddhkuta” (Hill of the Vultures). He also delivered some of his famous sermons here.
One can take a ride on the Beautiful Ropeway to the World Famous Buddha Temple at the top of mountain overlooking lush green forest. In the temple premises below there is a place open to air and is specially designed to meditate. A pollution- free vehicle like Chariot pulled by horse can also be experienced while reaching a pollution-free zone called GHORA KATORA, this place could prove to be one of the best spots for Ecotourism.
MUST SEE SITES UNDER RAJGIR TOURS
Griddhakuta (Vulture's Peak)
At the top of Ratnagiri hill, where Lord Buddha preached many inspiring sermons, a Peace Pagoda has been built by the Buddha Sangh of Japan. A beautiful roapway takes around only 8 minutes to take tourists on the top. One can have a wonderful view of Rajgir from here.
The twin Rock-cut caves, are supposed to be the doorway to the treasury of King Bimbisara. One of the cave is said to be the guard room. While the other is supposed to be the passage to king Bimbisara's treasury. The treasure, according to folklore, is still intact.
The hot springs are a major tourist attractions. They are at the foot of the Vaibhava Hill. The hot water is supposed to come from the 'Saptaparni Caves', situated on top of the hill. Brahmaputra is the hottest spring with water temperature being 45 degree C. Separate bathing places for men and women have been organised.
A pollution- free Zone where vehicle like Chariot pulled by horse can also be experienced in Rajgir. This place could prove to be one of the best spots for Ecotourism lovers.
One can take a ride on the Beautiful Ropeway to the World Famous Buddha Temple at the top of mountain overlooking lush green forest. In the temple premises below there is a place open to air and is specially designed to meditate.
The Cyclopean Wall
The 40 km long wall encircles ancient Rajgir. Built from massive pieces of stones, it was constructed before the Mauryan rule.
Amaravana (Jivaka's Mango Garden)
Jivaka, the royal physician during the times of Ajatshatru and Bimbisara used to practice here. It is said that Lord Buddha was also brought here for a cure of a wound.
There are more than 25 Jain temples around Rajgir. Situated on mountains, they are approached easily by those who love trekking.