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Once the ancient capital of powerful Magadh Empire,Rajgir is today an accepted beautiful health resort with 36 km of wildlife sanctuaries.
Located just 15 kms from Nalanda, Rajgir covered with lush green forest has number of temples and monasteries adding beauty to the small hill town. In earlier days it was called Rajgrih meaning the home of Royalty. Once the capital of the Magadh Mahajanpad until King Ajatasatru moved to Pataliputra in the 5th century Rajgir is an important tourist destination in Bihar. It is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site as Lord Buddha spent 12 years and first Buddhist council after Buddha attained Nirvana was held here.
Lord Buddha also proselytized Emperor Bimbisar to Buddhism at the Griddhakoota hill. The Jivekarmavan monastery was the favorite residence for Buddha. The teachings of Buddha were complied at Rajgir .Today Rajgir is one of the most important pilgrimage for the Buddhist. It is also an important place for Jains as Lord Mahavira spent some time in Rajgir.The Rajgir hills have many Digambara shrines.
Rajgir also has some very beautiful Hindu and Jain temples. Rajgir is also famous as health and winter resort with its hot water springs. These springs are said to contain medicinal properties to cure skin diseases. One of the attractions of Rajgir is the Ropeway which takes tourist uphill to the Shanti Stupa and Monasteries built by the Japanese Devotees on top of the Ratnagiri hills.
Tourist Attractions in Rajgir
New Rajgir Walls, Bimbisar Road, Maniyar math, Saptarni Caves and Poppala Stone are other places of tourist interest.