About RajgirSituated in a valley, surrounded by seven hills, Rajgir is home to numerous temples, monasteries and other religious places. Called the ‘Abode of Kings’, it is known for its association with Lord Buddha as well as Lord Mahavir. It thus attracts hordes of history lovers, pilgrims, as well as visitors who wish to get a glimpse of India’s glorious past. Its strategic location, easy accessibility, tourist spots, plenty of accommodation options have all contributed in making Rajgir one of the prime tourist locations in the country.
Brief History of Rajgir
Geography and Climate of RajgirRajgir city is located in a valley, surrounded by seven beautiful rocky hills. It is situated between 25° North latitude and 85° East longitude at an altitude of 73 metres above sea level. In summer, the maximum temperature is as high as 40°C, whereas the minimum temperature is around 20°C. The maximum winter temperature is 28°C, whereas the minimum temperature is about 6 °C. The best time to visit Rajgir therefore, is the period from October to March, when the climate is pleasant and nature is at its best. Read More.........................
Places of Interest In and Around Rajgir
Festivals Celebrated in Rajgir
Art and Culture in RajgirRajgir is known for its rich culture and glorious past and also for its historical association with Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira. Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism and Sufism are the main religions followed here. Hindi, Bihari, English are the languages spoken by the people here. The traditional attire of the women here include sarees and salwar kameez, whereas the men prefer dhotis and kurta. However jeans, shirts, trousers are gaining popularity over the recent years. Their cuisine is primarily vegetarian, with simple yet healthy dishes. Wood work, stone sculptures and artistic bowls are famous crafts in Rajgir. The Veerayatan campus in Rajgir is home to Shri Brahmi Kala Mandiram, an art gallery featuring numerous hand designed paintings based on various themes. Read More.............
Economy and Industrialism in RajgirTourism is a major contributor to the economy of Rajgir. Replete with tourist attractions, Rajgir attracts visitors from far and wide within the country as well as from abroad. The Aerial Ropeway is one of the highest revenue generating units for Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC). Therefore to promote tourism to its optimum, the government is making utmost efforts. Hotels, road side shops, food stalls are being set up near prominent tourist spots and help boost the economy of Rajgir. Agriculture is also practiced to a considerable extent in Rajgir, with onions, potato, paddy being the major crops grown here. An Ordnance Factory project has been undertaken to manufacture artillery shells in Rajgir.
Shopping in RajgirRajgir is famous for woodwork. The wooden items include statues, keychains, pen stands, tables, lamps and other decorative items that can serve as excellent souvenirs. Small attractive statues of Gods and Goddesses, especially those of Lord Buddha are quite popular and are in demand among the tourists. You can buy a variety of handicrafts from the markets in Rajgir like Khatwa applique, papier mache, Madhubani paintings, printed handlooms, items made of Sikki, sea shell items, jewellery and many more. Curios and souvenirs can be purchased from the road side shops in Rajgir at attractive bargainable prices. The Kund Area and Ariel Ropeway are famous shopping destinations in Rajgir. Read More................
Transportation in Rajgir
Rajgir at a glanceCountry: India
Languages spoken: Hindi, Bihari, English
Altitude: 73 metres
Winter temperature: about 4°C to 28°C
Summer temperature: about 20°C to 40°C
Best time to visit: October to March
Std Code: 06119
Major tourist attractions: Viswa Shanti Stupa, Griddhakuta, Venuvana, Saptaparni Caves, Jivaka Mango Gardens, Buddha’s Sculpture, Karnada Tank, Brahmakund, Bimbisara Jail, Pippala caves, the Jain Temples, Ajatashatru’s Fort, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Swarna Bhandar, Chariot Route Marks, Cyclopeon Walls, Jarasandh ka Akhara etc.
Major festivals: Makar Sankranti, Baisakhi Purnima, Rajgir Dance festival, Malamasa Mela etc.
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