Places to Visit in Rajgir | Buddhist Pilgrimage, Stupa, Monastery and more

Rajgir is a famous place in the state of Bihar. It is of great importance for Buddhism and Jainism. Also, it was known for its royal importance during earlier times.

 So, don’t forget to check out the amazing tourist places in Rajgir on your next trip here.

 

Before you plan a trip, get all the details of Rajgir.

 

  • Currency – Indian Rupee
  • Location – Located in the northern state of Bihar
  • Best Time to Visit – October to March
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How to Reach

 

By Air

 

There are no regular flights to Rajgir. The nearest airport is Gaya Airport (52 km away).

 

By Train

 

You can get regular trains to Rajgir from major parts of the country.

Railway Station: Rajgir

 

By Road

 

You can get regular buses to Rajgir from major parts of the country.

Bus Station: Rajgir

Places to Visit in Rajgir

 

1. Ajatshatru Fort

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Ajatshatru Fort is a major attraction in Rajgir. It was built by Magadh King in 6th century, during Gautama Buddha’s time.

Moreover, its high walls and the stone tower attract tourists by its gigantic size. Also, it is said that Lord Buddha resided here during the time of its construction.

 

Entry Fees: INR 50

Photography: INR 50

Audio Guide: INR 100

 

Opening hours: 8 am to 6:30 pm

 

Nearby Places to Eat:

Gurunanak Cafeteria, Green Hotel, Amar Marwari Wasa, New Panjab Restaurant, Hotel New Kasturba

 

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2. Vishwa Shanti Stupa

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It is a famous pilgrimage site for Buddhist. Vishwa Shanti Stupa is a white structure displaying four stages of Buddha’s life.

Fact: This Peace Pagoda was built by a Japanese Buddhist monk, Nipponzan Myohoji in 1969. Also, it is world’s tallest Peace Pagoda and is regarded as the symbol of peace and harmony.

 

Entry Fees: Free

 

Opening Hours: 7 am to 7 pm

 

Nearby Places to Eat:

Ganesh Jain Hotel, Nalanda Cafeteria, Pradeep Restaurant, Bombay Bhelpuri Shop, Pankaj Jain Bhojanalay

3. Hot Springs

There are hot springs throughout Rajgir. These hot springs are considered as sacred places for Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

 

Did You Know? The hottest hot spring in Rajgir is Brahmakund which is 45 degree Centigrade.

 

Entry Fees: Free

 

Opening Hours: 7 am to 7 pm

 

Nearby Places to Eat:

Hotel Kohinoor Plaza, Green Hotel, Mayur Family A/c Restaurant, New Panjab Restaurant, Pawan Family Restaurant

4. Venu Vana

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Venu Vana is a Bamboo Forest which was gifted by Magadh King Bimbisara to Lord Buddha about 2500 yrs ago.

It is believed that Lord Buddha used to take bath in this pond before starting his day in Rajgir.

 

Entry Fees:

  • Indian: INR 70
  • Foreigners: INR 100

 

Opening Hours: 10 am to 5 pm

 

Nearby Places to Eat:

Hotel Anand, Green Hotel, Gurunanak Cafeteria

Shopping Places

 

  • You can buy various handicrafts, textiles, Sikki Work, Madhubani Paintings, souvenirs on roadside shops in Rajgir.
  • Also, Hotels like Siddharth Hotel, Hotel Nalanda Regency have inbuilt handicrafts shops also.

What to Expect? / Tips

  • You must visit Rajgir city in the winter months as the weather is very pleasant.
  • Do not show too much skin, as India is a very conservative country.
  • Be careful of the vendors on the streets as they might con you.
  • Be open to learn the teachings and thoughts of Buddhism and its culture.

Where to stay?

 

There are great accommodation options throughout Rajgir.

Some of them are as follows-

  • Hotel Anand Lok
  • Hotel Vijay
  • Siddharth Hotel
  • Hotel Devdoot Rajgir
  • Rajgir Guest House
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