Places to Visit in Rajgir

Rajgir is a prominent Buddhist site in India. History, myths and legends still linger in the tourist attractions in Rajgir. The place where Lord Buddha had resided for long and preached many sermons, Rajgir is twice blessed by virtue of the birth of Lord Mahavir.

Places to See in Rajgir

Venuvana Vihara

Category : Religious
This was a favorite retreat of Lord Buddha. King Bimbisara had offered the site to Him. Today it is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Rajgir.

Amaravana or Jivaka's Mango Garden

Category : Garden
This was the site of the dispensary of Royal physician Jivaka. Lord Buddha was once brought here to have a wound dressed.

Griddhakuta or Vulture's Peak

Category : Religious
Another major tourist attractions in Rajgir, this is the site where Lord Buddha preached many inspiring sermons here and also set in motion his second wheel of Law and for three months every year during the rainy season. Today Buddha Sangha of Japan have constructed a massive modern stupa, the Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda), at the top of the hill.

Ajatashatru's Fort

Category : History & Culture
Ajatashatru, the king of ancient Magadha is believed to have ruled from this fort for long. Inside is the Ajatashatru's Stupa.

The Cyclopean Wall

Category : History & Culture
This is the remnant of a stonewall, which once encircled ancient Rajgir during the Maurya rule.

Jain Temples

26 Jain temples lie on the hilltops around Rajgir. It takes a hard trekking to reach the site. But for far, one can get a commanding view too.

Bimbisara's Jail

Category : History & Culture
This archaic monument is a mute witness to the bloody conflicts over power within the royal families. King Bimbisara was imprisoned here by his impatient son and heir, Ajatashatru.

Swarna Bhandar

Category : History & Culture
This is believed to be the king Bimbisara treasury - a cave chamber hollowed out of a single massive rock. According to folklores the treasure is still intact.

Archaic monuments literally dot over the land of Rajgir. Some other tourist attractions are: Pippala Cave, Hot Springs at the foot of the Vaibhava Hill and so on.

Last Updated on : 20/09/2013