Rajgir Tourism, Bihar

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About Rajgir - Bihar Tourism

Rajgir, located 15 km from Nalanda in the state of Bihar, is popular among tourists for its historical Buddhist sites including Buddhist temples and monasteries. Large number of Buddhist travelers visit Rajgir to pay homage to the city where Lord Buddha spent many years. The landspace of this small town is very scenic located in a valley surrounded by hills covered with lush green forests. The best experience for tourists is to witness the Buddhist monks meditating in the monasteries on the top of the hills. 

Rajgir holds an important position for Buddhist pilgrims as Lord Buddha spent many years at the monasteries here. The city is also an important Buddhist pilgrimage centre for being the place where the first Buddhist council took place and Lord Buddha delivered his sermons. The teachings and sermons of Lord Buddha were penned down here.

There are numerous archaeological Buddhist sites in Rajgir including Shanti Stupa, Ajatshatru fort, Cyclopean wall, Jarashand ka Akhara, and Jivakameavan Gardens. This picturesque town has couple of caves including Sonbhandar cave, Pippala cave, and Swarn Bhandar. Rajgir also has couple of beautiful Hindu and Jain temples. Another important tourist attraction here is the Ropeway that takes tourists from the plains to the Shanti Stupa located at top of a hill. 

Rajgir, meaning ‘home of the royalty’, was named so because it was the capital of Magadh Mahajanpad (State) when Patliputra was not formed. Lord Buddha proselytized emperor Bimbisar here at the Griddhakoota hill. 

   

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