Heritage

#1 of 14 Places to Visit in Rajgir

At a distance of 8 km from Rajgir Railway Station, Vishwa Shanti Stupa, also known as Japanese Stupa is a peace pagoda located in Rajgir, Bihar. Constructed atop the Ratnagiri Hill or Griddhakuta, it is one of the seven Peace Pagodas or Shanti Stupas in India and among the most visited tourist places in Rajgir.

Situated atop Ratnagiri Hill with an altitude of 400 m, Vishwa Shanti Stupa is the world's highest peace pagoda and is considered as the symbol of peace and harmony. It is conceptualized by renowned Buddhist monk Nipponzan Myohoji and built by Japanese monk Fujii Guruji in the year 1969. Built completely with marble, the stupa comprises four golden statues of Lord Buddha with each representing his life periods of birth, enlightenment, preaching, and death. Also, a temple is situated near this Stupa called the 'Nipponzan Myohoji'.

Besides, one can visit the famous Griddhakuta mountain from here where Lord Buddha used to sit and preach. It was at the Gridhakuta, the hill .....

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#2 of 14 Places to Visit in Rajgir

At a distance of 2 km from Rajgir Railway Station, Ajatshatru Fort is a historical fort situated at Bangali Para locality of Rajgir town in Bihar. It is one of the most ancient forts in Bihar, and among the must-visit places as part of Rajgir Tour Packages.

Built-in 6th century BC during the rule of King Ajatshatru, the Ajatshatru Fort is a historical monument in Rajgir. It is more than 2500 years old and was considered one of the finest forts ever built in India. It was built in a rectangular-shape with four corners and each corner is covered with stone towers. The fort has a stupa which is also known as the Ajatshatru stupa spreading across 6.5 sq. m.

At present, the fort is now in ruins and hardly seems to be a fort at the first glance. However, it's a great place to visit and a major tourist attraction in Rajgir. It also serves as the perfect spot for photographers to preserve a glimpse of a very well-preserved history.

Timings: 8 AM - 6 PM

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#3 of 14 Places to Visit in Rajgir

At a distance of 5 km from Rajgir Railway Station, Swarna Bhandar or Sonabhandar Caves are two artificial caves situated in Rajgir, Bihar. Situated near Maniyar Math, it is one of the famous places to visit in Rajgir as part of Bihar Tour Packages.

Situated on the southern slopes of the Vaibhavgiri Hills, Swarna Bhandar are two identical caverns belong to Jainism. An inscription in the rock at the entrance of the cave in Gupta characters of the 4th century CE mentions the construction of the cellar by a Jain Muni ('wise man') named Vairadeva, although some authors have suggested the caves could actually go back to the period of the Maurya empire from 319 to 180 BCE.

It is believed that the ancient caves of Son Bhandar, literally means treasure of gold, is home to a hidden gold treasure belong to King Bimbisara and is often called the Bimbisara Bhandar. Legend has it that there is a crazy amount of gold hidden inside the walls of the caves. Also, on one wall of the cave, you .....

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Heritage | Pilgrimage

#4 of 14 Places to Visit in Rajgir

At a distance of 3 km from Rajgir Railway Station, Rajgir Hot Springs are the sacred natural water springs in Rajgir, Bihar. Situated near Pandu Pokhar, it is one of the popular hot water springs in Bihar and among the prominent places of pilgrimage in Rajgir.

Situated at the foot of the Vaibhava Hill, Hot Water Springs are one of the most popular attractions of Rajgir. There are around seven Hot Springs in Rajgir which are considered to be sacred places for Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The water comes from the seven streams known as Saptadhara that are believed to originate from the Saptaparni Caves at the top of the hill. The Brahmakund Spring is regarded as the most sacred one as well as the hottest one with a temperature of around 45 degrees Celsius.

The Hot Springs are also known for their medicinal values which help to cure many skin ailments. The water from the spring is collected in an enclosure, which is accessible by a staircase. There are also faucets with running .....

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#5 of 14 Places to Visit in Rajgir

At a distance of 7 km from Rajgir Railway Station, Cyclopean Wall is an ancient fort wall situated in Rajgir, Bihar. It is one of the oldest specimens of cyclopean masonry across the world, and among the must include places in Rajgir Tour Packages.

Constructed over Rajgir hill and plains, the Cyclopean Wall is 4 meters wide, and 40 km long fort wall of stone which encircled the entire ancient city Rajgriha. It was erected by King Jarasandha the 2nd ruler of Brihadratha (Rawani) dynasty before 324 BC using massive undressed stone to protect their capital from external invaders and enemies. It reminds the great administrative abilities of the Brihadratha (Rawani) dynasty.

Built of massive undressed stone carefully fitted together, the wall is one of the few important pre-Mauryan stone structures ever to have been found. Currently, under the protection of the National Monument, the wall does not exist around the city in its old glory and only some of its ruins are left here .....

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#6 of 14 Places to Visit in Rajgir

At a distance of 4 km from Rajgir Railway Station, Saptaparni Cave is a Buddhist cave situated on Vaibhavgiri Hill in Rajgir, Bihar. It is one of the popular places of heritage in Bihar and among the must-visit Rajgir Tourist Places.

Saptparni Cave, also referred to as Sapta Parni Guha, literally Seven-leaves-cave is an important Buddhist cave site as it is believed to be the place where Lord Buddha spent some time before his death. And, this is also the site where the first Buddhist council was held after Buddha's parinirvana. It is here that a council of 500 monks decided to appoint Ananda (Buddha's cousin) and Upali, to deliver Buddha's teachings for the future generations after Buddha's death. The Buddha never wrote down his teachings. After the Saptaparni Caves meeting, Ananda created an oral tradition of Buddha's teaching from his memory, prefacing it with 'Thus have I heard on one occasion'. Upali is credited with reciting the Vinaya (discipline), or 'rules for the Bhikshus'.

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Wildlife

#7 of 14 Places to Visit in Rajgir

At a distance of 5 km from Rajgir Railway Station, Pant Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife park situated in Rajgir. Located near Bimbisara Jail, it is one of the popular wildlife sanctuaries in Bihar, and among the most visited tourist places in Rajgir.

Also known as Rajgir Wildlife Sanctuary, Pant Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Nalanda forest division under the Nalanda district administration, Bihar, India. This sanctuary represents a remnant patch of forests nestled in the picturesque Rajgir hills within the South Gangetic Plain. This sanctuary provides numerous ecosystem services to the surrounding landscape including varieties of flora and fauna. Therefore, to protect this forest, a 35.84 sq. km was notified as Rajgir Wildlife Sanctuary in the year 1978.

The landscape of Pant Wildlife Sanctuary is uneven terrain enclosed by five mountains Ratnagiri, Vipulgiri, Vaibhavgiri, Songiri, and Udaygiri. It has various illustrations and the auspicious existence of hammocks .....

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#8 of 14 Places to Visit in Rajgir

At a distance of 2 km from Swarn Bhandar, and 5 km from Rajgir Railway Station, Bimbisar Jail is an ancient monument located in Rajgir, Bihar. Situated on the way to Griddhakuta Hill, it is one of the well-known places of heritage in Bihar, and among the best places to visit in Rajgir.

Bimbisara Jai is believed to be the place where Bimbisara was confined by his son King Ajatshatru. Legend says that King Bimbisara was detained and held captive by his son Ajatshatru, during his last days of life. It is said that King Bimbisara decided to stay in this small room of the prison during his last days as he could see Lord Buddha, who was residing in the fort at that time going to Girddhkuta Parvat to deliver his sermons every morning.

Situated on the southern side of Maniyar Math, it is surrounded by high walls and stone pillars. It is a famous tourist spot, where tourists gather to witness the remains of rich Indian history. Here from the site, the tourists also get to see a scenic .....

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Park

#9 of 14 Places to Visit in Rajgir

At a distance of 3 km from Rajgir Railway Station, Venu Van is a historical park located a little away from the center of Rajgir, Bihar. Situated near Rajgir Hot Springs, it is one of the popular historical as well as pilgrimage places to visit in Rajgir.
Venu Vana, literally 'Bamboo Forest', is a historical park associated with Buddha. The park was gifted by the Magadha King Bimbisara to Lord Buddha about 2500 years ago. There is a small pond known as Karandak tank inside the park. The forest was a favorite of Lord Buddha, who used to take a bath in the Karandak tank before going to teach his disciples on Griddhakuta hill. It is said that Bimbisara once spent a night with Lord Buddha here as he got late after taking a bath in the warm springs nearby and the city gates had closed.

With a small pond in the middle, a lovely Buddha temple, and towering trees lining the trails, this park makes for a peaceful place even today. Excavations in the forest have uncovered the foundations .....

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#10 of 14 Places to Visit in Rajgir

At a distance of 1 km from Swarn Bhandar, and 5 km from Rajgir Railway Station, Jarasandha Ka Akhara is a historical place situated near Swarn Bhandar in Rajgir. It is one of the historical places in Rajgir, and among the must-visit Rajgir Tourist Places.

Jarasandha Akhara, or Akhada, better known as Ranbhumi which literally means battlefield, is located near Vaibhavgiri Hill. This is the place where martial arts were practiced by Jarasandha and his army. He used to unite all kings and warriors who were against Lord Krishna during that time and train them here.

Also, Jarasandha Ka Akhara was the site where the epic battle took place between Bhima and Jarasandha. According to legend, Jarasandha planned to conduct a Yagna to please the goddess Chandi. For this Yagna, he had imprisoned 95 kings and required 5 more kings, after which he was planning to perform the Yagna, sacrificing all the 100 kings. Jarasandha thought that this Yagna will make him win the powerful Yadava Army. .....

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Pilgrimage

#11 of 14 Places to Visit in Rajgir

At a distance of 4 km from Rajgir Railway Station, Maniyar Math is a historic and religious place located in Rajgir, Bihar. Situated on the way to Bimbisara Jail, it is one of the important places to visit in Rajgir.

Located almost at the center of the old city of Rajgriha, the ancient site of Maniyar Math may be identified with the name Manimala Chaitya mentioned in Pali Texts or the shrine of Mani - Naga referred to in Mahabharata. The main attraction here is a well-like structure made of 1.2m thick wall with a diameter of 3 m. The exterior provides niches containing 0.6 m high stucco images of a linga decorated with garland, four-armed Vishnu, Nagi image, Ganesha twisted with snakes around his body, and six-armed dancing Shiva.

Unfortunately, most of the images have now disappeared from their art-style belongs to the Gupta period. The minor structures such as alter platform and shrines etc, seem to be constructed for the religious and ritual purpose related to serpent worship. .....

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#12 of 14 Places to Visit in Rajgir

At a distance of 12 km from Rajgir, 25 km from Bihar Shariff, 80 km from Bodhgaya, 92 km from Patna, 138 km from Vaishali, 145 km from Muzaffarpur, 205 km from Darbhanga, 230 km from Dhanbad, 252 km from Ranchi, 290 km from Purulia, 316 km from Varanasi, 318 km from Sarnath, 436 km from Prayagraj, and 624 km from Lucknow, Nalanda is an ancient city situated in the northeast Indian state of Bihar. It is one of the popular places of heritage in Bihar and among the must include places in the Buddhist Circuit of India that also includes Bodh Gaya, Sarnath, and Lumbini.

Nalanda is one of the greatest centers of learning in the ancient kingdom of Magadha (modern-day Bihar) in India. The city houses one of the world's oldest and finest residential universities which itself was an architectural masterpiece. Nalanda was initially a prosperous village that ran past the route of Rajgriha (modern Rajgir) which was then the capital of Magadha. It is said that the Jain Tirthankara, Mahavira, spent .....

Distance (From Rajgir): 12 Kms
Trip Duration (From Rajgir - Including Travel): Full Day
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Pilgrimage

#13 of 14 Places to Visit in Rajgir

At a distance of 16 km from Gaya, 85 km from Aurangabad, 113 km from Patna, 182 km from Muzzafarpur, 207 km from Dhanbad, 211 km from Ranchi, 244 km from Darbhanga, 245 km from Varanasi, 305 km from Durgapur, 318 km from Jamshedpur, 365 km from Prayagraj, 373 km from Bankura, and 469 km from Kolkata, Bodh Gaya is a Buddhist pilgrimage site located in the Gaya district of Bihar, India. It is one of the must include places in Buddhist pilgrimage tours in India and among the must-visit places as part of Bihar Tour Packages.

Situated on the banks of the River Niranjana, Bodh Gaya is revered by Buddhists all over the world as it is the place where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment in 534 BC under the Bodhi Tree. The Mahabodhi Temple which houses the Bodhi Tree attracts hordes of visitors across the world and is now one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Bodh Gaya is one of the four important Buddhist pilgrimage sites of India's Buddhist Circuit, the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini, .....

Distance (From Rajgir): 71 Kms
Trip Duration (From Rajgir - Including Travel): Full Day
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#14 of 14 Places to Visit in Rajgir

At a distance of 35 km from Muzaffarpur, 55 km from Patna, 105 km from Darbhanga, 128 km from Nalanda, 145 km from Rajgir, 174 km from Bodhgaya, 182 km from Kushinagar, 233 km from Gorakhpur, 417 km from Shravasti, 505 km from Lucknow, Vaishali is a small district situated in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. Situated on the banks of Gandak River, it is one of the popular Buddhist Pilgrimage places in India and among the must include places in Bihar Tour Packages.

Vaishali or Vesali was once an ancient city and is now an archaeological site near Basarh. Vaishali is believed to have been named after King Vishal of the Mahabharata age. Gautama Buddha preached his last sermon before his death in c. 483 BC, then in 383 BC, the Second Buddhist council was convened here by King Kalasoka, making it an important place in both Jain and Buddhist religions. It contains one of the best-preserved of the Pillars of Ashoka, topped by a single Asiatic lion. Apart from Buddhists, Vaishali is revered .....

Distance (From Rajgir): 145 Kms
Trip Duration (From Rajgir - Including Travel): Full Day
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