Vulture Hill


Buddha is thought to have preached the Lotus sutra on this rock outcrop. There are some faint remains of a 1500-year-old stupa, some prayer flags and a small shrine where Buddhist pilgrims come to pray. Get here by walking down from the Vishwa Shanti Stupa and detouring for a 10-minute walk uphill along a processional way built by King Bimbisara 2500 years ago.

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1. Vishwa Shanti Stupa

0.23 MILES

Constructed in 1965, this blazing-white, 40m stupa stands atop Ratnagiri Hill about 5km south of town. Recesses in the stupa feature golden statues of…

2. Jeevakamravana

0.98 MILES

These ruined monastery foundations mark the mango grove given to Buddha by Jeevak Kaumarbhritya (525–450 BC), the court physician of Maghada.

3. King Bimbisara's Jail


These foundations mark the jail in which King Bimbisara was imprisoned until his death by his son Ajatashatru. Bimbisara was the first king to adopt…

4. Maniyar Math

1.42 MILES

This oddly shaped ancient circular temple was dedicated to naga (snake spirit) worship.

5. Son Bhandar Caves

1.83 MILES

Legend attributes these caves to the treasury of King Bimbisara but actually they are a series of Jain meditation caves, bare except for a couple of stone…

6. Buddha Jal Vihar

1.89 MILES

Next to the Lakshmi Narayan Temple complex (on your left as you approach the temple), the Jaipur-pink Buddha Jal Vihar is a limpid green pool set in well…

7. Lakshmi Narayan Temple

1.93 MILES

Hindu pilgrims visit this temple, about 2km south of town (turn right out of the bus stand and keep walking), to enjoy the health benefits of the hot…

8. Venu Van

1.99 MILES

This pleasant park just north of the Lakshmi Narayan Temple marks the site of the bamboo grove given to Buddha by King Bimbisara, thus considered by many…