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Pippala Cave in Rajgir

·  Summer: March-May (22°C - 37°C)
·  Winter: December-February (19°C - 32°C)
·  Monsoon: June-September

Best time to visit:  October-March

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A peaceful spot with immense historical and religious significance, Pippala Cave is located on Vaibhava Hill near Rajgir. Carved out of a rectangular stones by the forces of nature over the course of thousands of years, the cave is popularly called Jarasandh ki Baithak. Jarasandh was a local king during the times of Lord Krishna and would visit the cave for spiritual healing and meditation.

The cave gained importance when Lord Buddha stayed at Rajgir for nearly 12 years and visited the cave for the purpose of meditation. This important fact attracts hundreds of devotees from all over the country to the cave which has been repeatedly used by the hermits and sages for meditation. Located below the cave are the hot water springs known for their medicinal power. Spending few hours at the cave can calm your mental turmoil.  

Road: The cave is located close to the city centre of Rajgir and can be approached via a few minutes hike from the base that can be accessed in a cab or auto-rickshaw. The city of Rajgir is well-connected to many important destinations in the region by road. Rajgir Bus Stand is only about 2 km. away.

Railway: Railway Station of Rajgir is only 3 km. from the cave. Popular modes of transportation available at the station are horse-carts, cabs and auto-rickshaws. Gaya Junction (about 67 km. away) is also a good option from where you can hire a taxi to the cave.

Airway: Patna International Airport is about 98 km. from the cave location. From here, you must hire a taxi to reach the cave.