Tourist attractions in Rajgir
Rajgir in Bihar is an important place in Buddhist history as there were a lot of events that took place here. Among the most famous is the conversion of the great King Bimbisara to Buddhism. The discourses of the Buddha were penned down in Rajgir and the first Buddhist council was also held here. Bimbisara's personal physician Jivan treated the Buddha here as well for his injuries. Rajgir is also well known since ancient times for its mention in the Mahabharata. It is said that Bhim and Jarasanda fought one of the many battles that comprised of the Mahabharat here. The tourist attractions of Rajgir do not end here, this place is important to the Hindus and the Jain's as well for the many temples that are found here. The warm water springs here are also part of the tourist attractions in Rajgir and as the waters contain medicinal properties this is a popular winter and health resort as well.
Some of the main tourist attractions in Rajgir are –
This was the ancient royal dispensary where the Lord Buddha was treated
The Ajatshatru Fort built by the Bimbisara’s son Ajatshatru.
This wall circles ancient Rajgir and parts of it are still standing
A ropeway has to be used to get to this stupa that offers beautiful views of the valley. Made of marble there are 4 statues of the Buddha at the 4 corners.
These ancient caves carved out of rock are believed to be the spot where the King Bimbisara stored his treasury. Legend states that this is still hidden in the rock.
This is where the Buddha bathed
Built by the Japanese as a Stupa of Peace.
These are 26 Jain temples around Rajgir and the arduous approach is great for trekkers.
Chariot Wheel Marks
– There are a pair of parallel furrows that go deep into the rock for almost 30 feet and the locals believe that these were caused by the powerful speed of Lord Krishna’s chariot when he was the charioteer for Arjun in the Mahabharata war.