· Summer: 22 to 37° C (Hot)
· Winter: 19 to 32° C (Pleasant)
Monsoon: June to September
Best time to visit:
October to March
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Also dubbed as Vulture’s Peak, Gridhakuta is a hill located at Rajgir in Bihar. Famed as the birthplace of Lord Buddha’s two important sutras – the Lotus Sutra and the Prajnaparamita, this is the hill where Buddha advocated numerous motivational preachings to his followers.
Known as the place of historical importance, this is the spot where Lord Buddha spent three months meditating even during the rainy season. One of the most interesting spots on the hilltop is a huge Shanti Stupa (Peace Pagoda), built by the Buddha Sangha of Japan.
Created in the honour of Lord Buddha, the stupa houses eye-catching statues of Lord Buddha. Tourist can either climb the hill through stony paths or can avail the Aerial Chairlift ride that takes approximately 7 minutes to reach the hill.
Some of the other interesting nearby locations are Kundalpur, Nalanda, Pawapuri and Bodhgaya
Tourists can take a bus tour from Patna. The road condition is relatively good. Deluxe and Semi-deluxe buses are available. You can drive from Nalanda, Gaya, Pawapuri and Bihar Sharif to this place.
Rajgir Railway Station is the nearest railhead to reach Gridhakuta. Daily trains from Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata are available. You can hire a cab from outside the station to reach the place.
Patna Airport (located about 97 km.) is the nearest airport to reach Gridhakuta. One can take flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Ranchi and Lucknow to reach the airport. You can hire a prepaid taxi from outside the airport.