rock cave at rajgir in bihar with stone walls facing a garden

Rajgir, Bihar, India


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Buddhist Heritage

Rajgir, a historic town in the state of Bihar, is replete with cultural, religious, and natural attractions.

One of the major attractions in the area is Gridhakuta Peak : Also known as Vulture's Peak, Gridhakuta is a significant pilgrimage site for Buddhists. It's believed to be the spot where Buddha delivered many of his sermons. The panoramic views of Rajgir from the peak are breathtaking, especially at sunrise and sunset.

white buddhist stupa at rajgir as seen from a lake with lotuses

Rajgir also houses the Vishwa Shanti Stupa. This colossal white stupa stands as a symbol of world peace and was built by the Japanese Nipponzan-Myohoji sect.

It's a serene place for meditation and offers stunning vistas of the surrounding hills and valleys.

4th Century Inscriptions

The Son Bhandar Caves, also Sonebhandar, are two artificial caves belong to Jainism. The caves are generally dated to the 3rd or 4th century CE, based on the dedicatory inscription found in the largest cave which uses Gupta script of the 4th century CE, although some authors have suggested the caves could actually go back to the period of the Maurya empire from 319 to 180 BCE.

rock cave at rajgir in bihar with stone walls facing a garden

The ideal time to visit Rajgir is during the winter months, from October to March. The weather is cool and pleasant, making it conducive for sightseeing and outdoor activities. Summers can be hot and humid, with temperatures often exceeding 35°C (95°F). The monsoon season, from June to September, brings heavy rainfall.

Getting There

location_cityState & Capital - Patna, Bihar

flightGaya Airport - 70 Kilometers

directions_carPatna - 92 Kilometers via NH 431

trainRajgir Railway Station - Within Town Limits

glass bridge off the cliff in rajgir

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