Rajgir is located at a distance of 15 km from Nalanda in Bihar. It was the capital of the Magadh Mahajanpada when Patliputra was not established. In the ancient times, Rajgir was called Rajgriha, which means the 'Home of Royalty'. This place is significant because Buddha spent many years in Rajgir and also delivered some important discourses here. Buddha converted Emperor Bimbisar to Buddhism at the Griddhakoota Hill in Rajgir. The teachings of Buddha were written down at Rajgir and it was also the venue for the First Buddhist Council.
On Rajgir Tours, you can visit the following places: - Rajgir Tours
Vishwa Shanti Stupa
The Vishwa Shanti Stupa is on a 400 m high hill and is built in marble. The four shining statues of Buddha are on the four sides of the stupa.
Venu Vana Monastery
King Bimbisar built Venu Vana Monastery as residential quarters for Lord Buddha. It was the very first present to Lord Buddha by the king. - Rajgir Tours
At Griddhakoota Hill, Lord Buddha set in a motion his second wheel of law or Dharma Pravartan Chakra. Continuously for three months, he gave religious sermons to his followers even during the rainy season. The Buddha Sangha of Japan has constructed a massive modern stupa, the Shanti Stupa or the Peace Pagoda at the top of the hill to commemorate the event. - Rajgir Tours
The other significant places to visit on Rajgir Tours are Jwakameavan Gardens, Ajatshatru Fort, Karanda Tank and Somnbhandar Caves.
How to Reach
The nearest airport to Rajgir is at Patna, which is 101 km away. Rajgir is well connected by rail and road network with all the important cities of Bihar.
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