Rajgir is a city in the Nalanda district of Bihar. The city is famous for its hot water springs also known as Brahmakund, a sacred place for Hindus. The peace pagoda here is another major attraction. The Vishwa Shanti Stupa in the city was built in 1969. This is one of the 80 peace pagodas in the world known to spread the message of peace and non-violence. You can enjoy an amazing rope-way travel to reach there. Venu Vana is an artificial forest in the city. This is a perfect place for meditation. There is a Japanese temple beside the Venu Vana.
The main tourist attractions include the ancient city walls from Ajatshatru's period, the Bimbisar's Jail, Jarasandh's Akhara, Gridakuta hill, Sonabhandara cave and the Jain temples on the five peaks.
Ajatshatru Fort: This was built by Ajatshatru, the king of Magadha during the Buddha's time. There is a 6.5 sq.meter Stupa of Ajatshatru also which is believed to have been built by him.
Bimbisar jail: It is believed that the King himself chose the place as he could see Lord Buddha atop the Griddhakuta hill. From here you can get a clear view of the Japanese Pagoda, the stupa of peace built on the top of the hill.
Jarashand ka Akhara: This is the battlefield where Bhima and Jarasandh fought one of the Mahabharat battles.
Gridhakuta: This was the second place where the lord Buddha preached many disciples. The Buddha Sangha of Japan has constructed a massive modern stupa, the Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda), at the top of the hill in commemoration. One way ride takes 7.5 minutes to reach the top of the hill.
The best time to visit Rajgir is from October to March. Rajgir is well connected to rail and road transport. The nearest airport to Rajgir is at Patna.
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