Top things to do in Rajgir

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 …
Indian in Rajgir

Lotus Restaurant

The air-conditioned restaurant at the Indo Hokke Hotel has superb Indian food and a pricier Japanese menu featuring soba noodles, teriyaki and tempura, with authentic flavours and fresh ingredients (including pepper…
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…
Indian in Rajgir

Green Hotel

Diagonally opposite the Lakshmi Narayan Temple complex, this simple restaurant is one of several in a row that offers very pleasant alfresco seating. The food is good and it's a great place to relax at the end of th…
Punjabi in Rajgir

Hotel Anand

This small, fan-cooled, vegetarian restaurant serves good-value Punjabi and South Indian dishes, including good thalis (₹90 to ₹150). It's 100m beyond the Hotel Raj.
Culture in Rajgir

Rajgir Mahotsava

A three-day classical performing-arts festival with folk dances, devotional songs and instrumental music.
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…