Manifested Empire in Rajgir
Etymologically if we try tracing down the meaning of Rajgir, it evidently means either ‘house of the king’ or the “royal mountain”. Rajgir was the ancient capital city of the Magadha kings until the 5th century BC. Located 15 kms from Nalanda and 100 km from Patna in Bihar, Rajgir has been closely related to Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism and has played host to Lord Buddha and Mahavira, thus has many archaeological sites related to Buddhism and Jainism. It is one of the major health and winter resorts of India, for the picturesque has ponds with medicinal values attached to it. As dated back, the city was in a valley surrounded by seven hills: Vaibhara, Ratna, Saila, Sona, Udaya, Chhatha, and Vipula. Rajgir has amazing tourist attractions and plethora of places to lay your eyes upon. Historically, Rajgir has been a very important place in Jainism, as capital to many empires. Main tourist attractions include the ancient city walls from Ajatshatru’s period, the Bimbisar’s Jail, Jarasandh’s Akhara, Gridakuta hill, Sonabhandara cave and the Jain temples on the five peaks. New Rajgir Walls, Maniyar math, Saptarni Caves and Poppala Stone house are the sites of tourist interest. 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. This place attracts eyeballs for plethora of reasons, right from its surroundings of valley to major historically significant tourist attractions, and thus it leaves an everlasting impression in the mind of every visitor.