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Ancient Wall:

A 40 km long ancient wall, popularly called the Cyclopean wall, once protected the town of Rajgir. The wall was constructed using massive chunks of undressed stone carefully stuck together. It was considered as one of the most important stone structures of the pre-Mauryan era and ever to be found in India. Riuns of the wall are still present, especially at the mouth of the Rajgir to Gaya exit.


Hot Springs:

The hot springs is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Rajgir. Located at the base of the Vaibhava Hills, the spring is derived from the River Saptadhara. Its staircase leads to few temples nearby. The Brahmakund Spring is considered to be the hottest spring with 450° C temperature. Separate bathing areas for women and men are present at the area of the springs which is believed to have sprouted from spatadhara (seven streams) on the hills. Both Lord Mahavira and Lord Buddha are said to have taken a bath at the hot water spring of the Tapoda rivulet. The spring waters have several medicinal benefits.


Saptaparni Caves:

Located on the Vaibhava Hill, the Saptaparni Caves are considered to be the site of the first Buddhist Council meeting in earlier days. The council was convened six months later from the Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha. More than 500 monks attended the council led by the chief disciple of Lord Buddha, Maha Kashyapa. Ajatashatru, the ruler of Magadha, erected a Sabha Mandapa right in front of these caves.


Ghora Katora Lake:

A popular picnic site, Ghora Katora Lake is the site where the stables of the epic character, Jarasandha, were located. The name of the lake indicates horse bowl.


Jivaka’s Mango Garden:

Part of the Jivakameavan Gardens, Jivaka Ambavana in Rajgir city was a gift to Lord Buddha from Jivaka, a royal physician exclusive for the Magadha rulers. Many Buddhist texts highlight his excellent surgical skills. Lord Buddha is believed to have come to the garden once to get his wound treated by Jivaka.


Griddhakuta Hill:

Popularly called the hill of vultures, Griddhakuta Hill is the most renowned sightseeing destination in the city of Rajgir, located at an elevation of 400 m. Not only is the hill shaped like a vulture, several vultures inhabit the region. Lord Buddha is said to have lived here for several years, preaching the Lotus Sutra to convert King Bimbisara of the Mauryans. Many important sermons were delivered by the Lord to his followers at the peak. The Shanti Stupa peace pagoda built by the Japanese Buddhists is in this area. Huen Tsang visited an old stone in the hills which is attributed to Bimbisara.


Nalanda Museum:

The Nalanda Museum houses a collection of rare architectural and sculptural items. There are several antiques in the museum along with Hindu and Buddhist stone sculptures, coins, pottery, plaques. Tourists can view bronze images of the Pala and Gupta period.


Jarashand ka Akhara:

A religiously important destination, as it is believed that in Mahabharata, Bhima fought with Jarasandh here.


Ajatshatru Fort:

Built in 6th century, the fort is now in ruins. But the nystic aura surrounding the fort and its historical significance makes it rank top in East India’s tourism map.


Shanti Stupa:

This relic of Buddhism, which is located 400 mtrs high from the sea level can be accessed by an exciting ropeway.


Sonbhandar Caves:

This twin strange cave chambers out of a huge solo is an interesting spot to visit. It dates back to the legendary king Bimbisara and is supposed to be the Royal Treasury. Several age old inscriptions are present on its walls.


Swarn Bhandar: 

It is believed to be the Gold story of King Jarashandh. It is also believed that there is still a lot of gold inside this cave and a script is written over a stone there is the code to unlock the treasures.