Your Ultimate Guide to Exploring Bihar’s Rajgir & Bodh Gaya

Bihar is a land that gave birth to two crucial religions, Buddhism and Jainism. Their ancient monuments and pilgrimage sites make it an exciting destination to visit. Since it is a land where Buddha once lived, the state is dotted with many Buddhist monasteries, making it one of the best tourist destinations in India for peace seekers.

Bihar’s rich culture and traditions make the state a treasure trove of Indian attractions for tourists. Additionally, Bihar was once ruled by great empires, so it is one of the famous places to peek into its rich history.

The most popular tourist cities in Bihar are Rajgir and Bodh Gaya. This Travel Guide will be pretty handy for those who plan to visit Rajgir and Bodh Gaya and would brief them about the significant tourist attractions in the city. 

Rajgir

Rajgir is a spiritual town with natural serenity amongst a rocky backdrop of green valleys and mysterious caves and springs. Since you have made up your mind to get here, let’s tell you about the places you can visit in Rajgir.

Places To Visit in Rajgir

There is immense spiritual and religious importance to this town since both Buddha and Mahavir spent time here. The area has many ruins, temples and sites to visit, which entail a refreshing calmness.

1. Vishwa Shanti Stupa 

Vishwa Shanti Stupa is the best place for meditating and seeking bliss and can be reached by ropeways. It is also known as Gridhakuta by the residents. The premises of the Stupa also contain a small Japanese Buddhist Temple and a large park.

2. Ajatshatru Fort

 Ajatshatru Fort offers travellers an insight into the brilliant architectural skills of artisans and reflects an era gone by.

3. Saptaparni Caves

 Saptaparni Caves have been an important pilgrim place for the Buddhists as it is believed that Lord Buddha meditated here during his last years. Moreover, these caves are said to host the first-ever Buddhist Council just after Lord Buddha’s death.

4. Bimbisara Jail 

Bimbisara Jail provides extensive details about historical activities that took place there. Surrounded by high walls and stone pillars, this jail is located near Maniyar Math. 

5. Pant Wildlife Sanctuary

At the Pant Wildlife Sanctuary, tourists can get a glimpse of the rich biodiversity of the state. Ratnagiri, Vipulgiri, Udaygiri, and Songiri are among the five mountains in the Pant Wildlife Sanctuary. In addition, you will find several illustrations from the Buddha and Jain eras, as well as auspicious hammocks. Within the sanctuary, you can observe wild animals like Tigers, Elephants, Barking Deers, Nilgai, and Sloth bears who live in their natural habitats.

Where To Stay in Rajgir?

Pandu Pokhar Camping Pitch Day Outing

Pandu Pokhar Residential Camping Pitch offers a restaurant in Rajgir, as well as a shared lounge. You can rent a car from the accommodation on prior information. The area is famous for cycling and lets you enjoy the surroundings around you. As you paddle through, you feel the breeze hitting your face.

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Gargee Gautam Vihar Resort

A resort that pampers you with luxuries like a swimming pool, indoor games, gym, and splendid views, Gargee Gautam Vihar is a beautiful resort by BSTDC. Enjoy hearty meals, stay away from the humdrum of cities, and indulge in adventure activities with your loved ones.

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Indo Hokke Hotel

A structure that pays an ode to Japanese architecture, the Indo Hokke hotel in Rajgir offers facilities like gym, spa, and in-house restaurant. It is located at just 3.5 km from Nalanda University, and popular tourist spots such as hot springs, vishwa shanti stupa, and Ajatsatru fort are all under 5 km from the luxe hotel.

Best Time To Visit Rajgir

The best time to visit Rajgir is during the winter months, between October and March. It is the time of year when the weather is pleasant and calm. The city also celebrates its world-renowned Rajgir Mahotsav during this period.

Nature And Beauty at Rajgir 

  • If you want to admire the beauty and soak in some great vibes, then a trip to Kakolat waterfall from Rajgir is a must. This place has a great history associated with it.
  • Ghora Katora Lake was named for its shape that resembles a horse and is therefore called a horse bowl. A great picnic spot and one of the most beautiful locations in Rajgir is known for its marvelous beauty. 

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Hiking Spots at Rajgir

Through the Rajgir trekking tour, one can explore and appreciate the majestic beauty of Hills in the most vibrant way. Visit the stunning old Cyclopean Wall, the Peace Pagoda, the Gridhakuta Hills, and the recently excavated Ashokan Stupa.

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Historical Value associated with Rajgir

At places like  Veerayatan Museum, you find many historical artefacts and archaeological finds related to Jainism. Apart from this, the caves also provide a great piece of history associated with the city.

Spiritual Significance of Rajgir

A lovely town nestled in Bihar, Rajgir is known for its spirituality and colorful hues linked to Jainism and Buddhism. It has a picturesque view of the green valley. Spiritual serenity can be found while taking a spiritual tour to the several pilgrim spots it has. This tour will take you through Naulakha Jain Temple, Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Venu Van, and Bimbisara Jail.

Bodhgaya

There are plenty of things to do for every traveler when it comes to Bodhgaya since it is full of historical and archaeological sites and holy shires. Moreover, Bodh Gaya is a sacred place where tourists can feel the power and the peace of Lord Buddha. 

Places to Visit in Bodhgaya 

1. Maha Bodhi Temple 

Bodh Gaya is packed with ancient pilgrim sites, including the Mahabodhi Temple. This temple was built around the 7th century and has been a prominent Buddhist pilgrimage since then. 

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2. Royal Bhutan Monastery

To pay homage to Lord Gautama Buddha, Bhutan’s King constructed the Royal Bhutan Monastery. The monastery’s interior walls are adorned with clay carvings, illustrating various aspects of Buddhist culture. The Royal Bhutan Monastery also has a temple which is one of the must-see sites of Bihar.

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3. Thai Monastery

Dedicated to preaching Buddhism since 1957, the magnificent Thai Monastery was built by Buddhist monks and the Thai government. The architecture and customs of the monastery provide insights into the rich Thai culture.

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4. Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple

The Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple was built in 1972 with Japanese government funds and offers a blend of Japanese and Buddhist architecture. The temple is entirely carved out of wood and looks like a typical Japanese shrine.

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Where To Stay in Bodhgaya?

1. Marasa Sarovar Premiere

Bodhgaya’s only and first themed hotel, Marasa Sarovar Premiere, is situated on the Falgu river bank. Historically, the building’s architectural style takes influence from the Mahabodhi Temple,  the Buddhist Monasteries, and the old stupas of the area.

2. Mahabodhi Hotel, Resort And Convention Centre Day Outing

Hotel Mahabodhi is a picture-perfect blend of peace, luxury, and comfort, redefining hospitality in the holy town of Bodhgaya. Maha Bodhi Hotel Resort & Convention Centre provides a luxurious banqueting experience with its top-of-the-line amenities. Apart from this, it is known for its excellent hospitality.

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Best Time To Visit Bodhgaya

The ideal time to get to Bodh Gaya is between October and March for pleasant and comfortable weather. In April and May, the town is flooded with tourists for Buddha Purnima, which is among the city’s most significant celebrations.

Nature And Beauty at Bodhgaya

If gazing at nature is your leisure activity, then take a sightseeing tour of the city. For example, on the Bodh Gaya sightseeing tour from Patna, you will have the opportunity to visit famous and renowned temples such as the Mahabodhi Temple, Chinese Temple, and Great Buddha Statue. These temples here are surrounded by thickets which adds up to their beauty and people usually enjoy admiring them.

Take a bike trip to Bodhgaya and Rajgir from Patna to experience one of the best scenic views of the nature around you. The sights you’ll visit on the trip are Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park, Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Mahabodhi Temple, etc.

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Hiking Spots at Bodhgaya

If hiking and adventure is your kind of game, then head towards the Brahmayoni temple. The temple hike is a short one and relatively easy for all age groups. A sacred temple for Ashtabhuja Devi is located on the hill along with Brahmayoni and Matreoni caves.

Historical Value of Bodhgaya

If history excites you, why not explore the historical side of Bihar on the Bodhgaya Nalanda Patna Tour from Varanasi. The tour follows Buddha’s steps and takes you to the essential sites he visited. Take a stroll through the splendid ghats of Varanasi, India’s spiritual capital. Then, head to Sarnath, where the Ganges and Varuna rivers merge. Gautama Buddha first taught Dharma here after he attained enlightenment.

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Spiritual Significance

Do you need a tour that fits into your budget without burning a hole in your pocket?

If so, this tour to Bodhgaya, Rajgir, and Nalanda, is just what you need. It ensures you have fun while being spiritual parallelly. As many temples abound here, it undoubtedly boasts a lot of spiritual importance. Additionally, Bodhgaya is well known for Buddhist practices, Yoga, and meditation. So if you want a break from the daily chaos, then this meditation tour at Bodhgaya is essential for you.

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As you step out and explore the marvelous history, culture, and religion of Bihar, know that you’re looking at monuments and places that have seen centuries of history. We hope this realization helps you have an even better time in Bihar. So plan your Bihar holiday with Thrillophilia here.

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