Rajgir or Rajgrih literally means the home of Royalty. It is located 15 Kms from Nalanda.Before Patliputra was formed it was the capital of Magadh and was known as Rajgrih. It is a small and beautiful town, which actually is a valley. The town is all surrounded by ecstatic hills and mountains. There is enough natural beauty to captivate any visitor to the place.
The place has a feel and aura of Buddhism as it is closely associated with Lord Buddha.
Buddha had not only spent many years here, but also delivered sermons and proselytized emperor Bimbisar at the Griddhakoota hill.It is believed that the Jivekarmavan monastery was one of favourite places to reside for Buddha. Many teachings of Lord Buddha was penned down here in Rajgir and the place is proudly the host of First ever Buddhist council.
* Today, the town of Rajgir is one of the favorite pilgrimage gestination for many Hindus, Jains and Buddhists as there are numerous exquisite temples of jains, Buddhists and Hindua built here.
* Not only from the religious point of view, but the town is also a very renowned holiday destination due to the scenery and weather charm of the place.
* Rajgir is famous for its warm water ponds. These water ponds are supposed to contain some medicinal properties that cure many skin diseases.
* The added attraction of Rajgir is the Ropeway which takes you uphill to the Shanti Stupa and Monasteries built by the Japanese Devotees on top of the Ratnagiri hills.