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Travel to the Picturesque Town of Rajgir

Written By: Manoj Menon

Rajgir, the home of royalty, was the ancient capital city of the Magadh situated in the state of Bihar. It is situated in a valley and its charm has been a tourist magnet. The valley is roofed with mesmerizing hills. Rajgir as a city, is a cascade of countless tales pertaining to Lord Buddha and Buddhism.

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Shanti Stupa

Shanti Stupa

Vishwa Shanti Stupa also called the Peace Pagoda is a legendary historical pillar .It is located at the highest point of Ranagiri hill, at an altitude of 400 mt, qualifying its serene charm as divine. The stupa is made up of white marble stone symbolic of world peace and enshrines four golden statues of Buddha. It can be reached by means of a rope-way.

Photo Courtesy: Knverma

Sonbhandar Caves

Sonbhandar Caves

Sonbhandar Caves have a glorious past and witnessed many important events. It is essentially a two cave domiciliation, one of them is believed to have served as guard room and another as a treasure room. Legend holds that the passage leads to the king' Bimbisara's treasure that still lies unexpolited. An undeciphered inscpription adds to the enigma of the cave. The Sonbhandar caves, is a great attraction for its historical associations with Bimbisar.

Photo Courtesy: Aryan paswan

Bimbisar Jail

Bimbisar Jail

Bimbisar jail offers a beautiful view of Griddhakuta hill as well as the Japanese pagoda. Bimbisar, a staunch disciple of Lord Buddha, was imprisoned by son Ajatshatru. Ajatshatru asked his father to choose the place of his imprisonment. King Bimbisar chose a spot from where he could see Lord Buddha.

Photo Courtesy: BPG

Venu Vana

Venu Vana

Venu Vana is an artificial forest, a sanctuary for enjoying peace and meditation. It is a beautiful cloister created by the emperor Bimbisara for Lord Buddha. The Venu Vana has a monastery.

Photo Courtesy: BPG

Pippala Cave

Pippala Cave

Pippala Cave are situated above the Vaibhava hills. The distinguishing feature of this cave is that this is a natural cave and served as a watchtower. Later it served as a safe den for Buddhist monks.

Photo Courtesy: BPG

How to Reach Rajgir

How to Reach Rajgir

By Air: Rajgir is not served by an independent airport of its own and the closest airport is at Patna, 101km. The Patna airport has air services to major cities.

By Rail: As a city, Rajgir itself has a railway station however being poorly connected the nearest convenient railhead is at Gaya which is about 70km away from the city.

By Road: The buses, taxis, tongas are a convenient mode of transport. Rajgir is connected by road to Patna - 93km, Nalanda - 12km, Gaya - 71km and many adjoining cities.

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