Situated in a valley surrounded by hills, Rajgir (meaning ‘Residence of the Royals’) is a complex of temples and monasteries associated directly with Lord Buddha. Here, atop the Vulture’s Peak or Griddhakuta, Buddha preached many sermons and even proselytized the Emperor Bimbisara. The serene presence of Buddha can be experienced here by visiting the same spot at Griddhakuta. The Jivekarmavan monastery was the favorite residence for Buddha. Apart from this, the teachings of Buddha were penned down at Rajgir. All such instances make Rajgir an important site for pilgrimage. Pilgrims come to recall the presence of the master here and venerate him. There are many monasteries atop the Ratnagiri hills, Ajatshatru’s Fort, Bimbisara’s Jail and the Digambar Jain Siddha Kshetra Temples which also serve as important attractions to the visitors. The destination has Shanti Stupa and Barabar caves nearby that too are significant places of interest.
Road – Rajgir is well connected with highways and is located at a distance of 16 kms from Nalanda, 77 kms from Bodh Gaya and 94 kms from Patna. Bihar State Road Transport Corporation buses and private buses/taxis are easily available to these destinations.
Rail – Rajgir Railway Station is serviced with a daily superfast train which plies between New Delhi and Rajgir. However, for better rail connectivity Patna Railway Station (95 kms) is the best option as it is well linked to all major cities in India.
Air – Gaya Airport (75 kms) and Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (Patna) International Airport (98 kms) are the closest airports to Rajgir.
The climate is pleasant during winter months of October to March and is hot and humid from the months of April to Mid June until monsoons arrive. The rainy season is from Mid June to September.