Prince Siddhartha (early name of Lord Buddha) came to Rajgir, after he renounced the luxuries of life and undertook asceticism. Two of the rock-cut caves of Rajgir were the favorite retreats of the Buddha. It was here that He spent many years and preached two of his most renowned sermons.
Tourist Attractions in Rajgir
Shanti Stupa :
One of the prime Buddhist attractions at Rajgir, the Shanti Stupa is a magnificent structure in white, situated on the top of the Ratnagiri hill. It is adorned with four gold statues of Buddha, representing the four stages of His life, namely His birth, His enlightenment, His teaching and His death.
Saptparni Cave has been the historic and glorious venue of the first Buddhist council, which was held after the attainment of Nirvana by Lord Buddha. The Cave also boasts of a Burmese temple and a modern Japanese temple.
Gridhakuta Hill :
Lord Buddha delivered many discourses here, after His enlightenment. Two of His most important sutras, the Lotus Sutra and the Prajnaparamita, were dispensed at Gridhakuta Hill.
How to reach Rajgir
By Air - The airport closest to Rajgir is at Gaya. One can also take a flight from Patna airport, which is linked to almost all the prominent cities of India.
By Rail - Rajgir has its own railway station. However, the railway station of Gaya is better connected with the major cities of India.
By Road - Rajgir has a good road network that connects it with the major cities of Bihar and India.