Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Stupa in Rajgir

Vishwa Shanti Stupa

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 Buddha in four stages of his life – birth, enlightenment, preach…
Buddhist Site in Rajgir

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 …
Buddhist Site in Rajgir

Saptaparni Cave

A 40-minute uphill hike from the back of the Lakshmi Narayan Temple takes you past Jain and Hindu temples to this atmospheric cave and natural rock platform, where Buddha is said to have meditated. It's the likely l…
Hindu Temple in Rajgir

Lakshmi Narayan Temple

Hindu pilgrims visit the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, about 2km south of town (turn right out of the bus stand and keep walking), to enjoy the health benefits of the hot springs here. The murky grey Brahmakund, the hotte…
Park in Rajgir

Venu Van

This pleasant park just north of the Lakshmi Narayan Temple marks the site of the bamboo grove given to Buddha by King Bibamsara, thus considered by many to represent the first Buddhist monastery. The Karandak Nivap…
Museum in Rajgir

Veerayatan

About 1km from Lakshmi Narayan Temple (turn left out of the temple, then first left), this Jain museum tells the history of each of the 24 Jain tirthankars (teachers) through kitschy dollhouse-like dioramas. The lev…
Archaeological Site in Rajgir

Son Bhandar Caves

Legend attributes these caves to the treasury of King Bibimsara but actually they are a series of Jain meditation caves, bare except for a couple of stone carvings. The roof of the right-hand cave collapsed in the e…
Archaeological Site in Rajgir

King Bibamsara's Jail

These foundations mark the jail in which King Bibamsara was imprisoned until his death by his son Ajatashatru. Bibamsara was the first king to adopt Buddhism as a state religion.
Archaeological Site in Rajgir

Jeevakamravana

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

Maniyar Math

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