Rajgir is a scenic town that is 15 km away from Nalanda district in Bihar. Rajgir was the capital of the Magadha kingdom and the very name was meant to depict the home of royalty. Rajgir was home to Lord Buddha as he delivered sermons here for many years, and therefore Rajgir has gained importance as a major pilgrimage center for the Buddhist community. It also serves as a winter and health getaway with warm water ponds that hold medicinal value. October to March is the best time period to visit Rajgir .
Places to Stay
Being a small city, Rajgir does not have many hotels nearby. Local home stays are available. However, Hotel Rose Valley Gaya (Tariff – Rs. 1400) is a great value budget hotel near Rajgir.
The official language of Rajgir is Magadhi. The alternative language spoken here is Hindi.
Some of the annual festivals celebrated in Rajgir are Makar Sankranti Mela (January), Rajgir Mahotsa (October), Rajgir Dance Festival (October 4 - October 26).
Places of Interest
Nalanda, Bodh Gaya, Shanti Stupa, Jivaka’s Mango Garden, Ajatshatru Fort, Swarajpur Bargon, Swarna Bhandar are some very good tourist spots situated near Rajgir.
How to Get There
Since Rajgir is a small village, it has no airport facility. The nearest airport is at Patna which is 101 km away.
Though Rajgir has a railway station, there is an alternate railhead situated at Gaya, 78 km away.
Regular buses ply from Rajgir to places such as Nalanda, Bihar Sharif, Gaya and Patna. A bus operator that runs regular buses from Rajgir is Ajanta Tours & Travels. You can opt for online bus booking and travel with ease.