Griddhakuta Peak
Griddhakuta Peak
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JoyBose
Bengaluru, India377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
This peak can be climbed in less than one hour from Rajgir. There is also a ropeway but that goes to a different nearby hill. It is shaped like a vulture's beak if you see it from a certain angle, hence the name vultures peak

The atmosphere at the top is amazing and very conducive to meditation. Many devotees come in the peak season to meditate.

There is a small shrine where the buddha used to sit and meditate, on base of the hut on the peak. There is also another ananda hut a little distance away. Below the peak there are ruins of a mauryan era monastery, a few caves notably those of Shariputra and Maudgalanya, lots of Tibetan prayer flags and so on. Those caves are also good for worshipping and meditating.

One nice way to gain some merit by cleaning the place, if it is dirty. Some people who come do not know the significance of the place and treat it as a picnic spot, especially in off season.

Better to come early in the morning when its cool and easier to climb.
Written 1 January 2021
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Zach M
Tirana, Albania14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Solo
One of the most historically significant places for all Buddhists to visit, where Buddha gave some of his most profound teachings. While not the easiest of climbs, it is not too strenuous and well worth the walk, which affords important opportunities to visit the caves and residences of Buddha's disciples. Besides the religious importance of this site, the views are stunning and well worth it!
Written 22 November 2014
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Gayatri G
New Delhi, India491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
the climb up to Vulture peak is quiet strenuous, but the path is clean, well maintained. its advisable to return before darkness sets in because there are no streetlights and that can be a little risky
Written 4 November 2014
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240anshumans
37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This is one out of five peaks in Rajgir. Go here for hiking. On peak there are some temples of Buddhism. Nothing very special nor any natural beauty to see. In Buddhism there is a tradition to visit all five peaks. There is a temple of Shiva on the peak which is just beside the hot spring. People says that this temple is 5000 years old
Written 27 November 2014
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Niranjan D
New Delhi, Delhi, India1,368 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
Gridhakuta located at Rajgir's one of the hills, is Buddhist religious place. It is here that Lord Bhuddha meditated and carried out many sermons with his disciples. He lived here for few months after achieving the enlightenment in Bodhgaya. There is a small cave which is said to be used by Buddha. The view from the top is fantastic. The Buddha Sangh of Japan has constructed a huge Pagoda on the hill top called Shanti Stupa in honour of Lord Buiddha. It takes about 45-60 minutes (depending on your fitness level) to track the hill through the well laid stone path. There is a rope way which can take you to the hill top where Shanti Stupa is located. For those who feels hard to trek, the best way is to take the rope way up to Shanti Stupa and then come down to visit the Gridhakut. There are several restaurants and tea stalls at the base of the hill.
Best time to visit: October - March in the early morning to avoid heat.
Rope way timing: 0830 to 1700 hrs (Rs.60.00 return trip)
Location: 2-3 kms from Rajgir bus stand. Rajgir is 65-70 kms from Gaya.
Local transportation: Horse driven tanga
Getting there: Public/Private buses from Gaya (Manpur bus stand across the Fulgi river) takes 2 hours (Rs. 50.00)
Accommodation: Several budget & mid range hotels in Rajgir e.g. Hotel Diamond Plaze (above State Bank of India)
Written 5 May 2016
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Narayanan S
chennai240 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
Place where Lord Buddha preached unmindful of the weather. The Japanese have built massive stupa - the shanti stup (peace Pagoda. It is fun to take the aerial chair car. The view is splendid
Written 10 April 2015
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Gourab G
Kolkata (Calcutta), India54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
The hill is shaped like a vulture and the views from the top are spectacular and magnificent. Best time to visit is winter as summers/middays can have scorching heat.
Written 16 March 2019
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Markos P
Bogor, Indonesia253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
This is the peak where devadatta (siddhattha's cousin), tried to kill lord buddha by falling big stone onto lord buddha. Though the stone missed, but it caused little injury on buddha's foot. You hv to climb quite high, about 30 minutes walk onto the peak. The track was also the same as when King Bimbisara wants to meet Buddha
Written 13 July 2017
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baleshwarprasad
Rajgir, India73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
gridhkuta parvat is a nice uphill location, it has got an electric ropeway and has the option to climb the mountain by foot as well. you can hire a paalki as well carried by four persons
Written 5 July 2015
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Ankesh Kumar Shrivastava
Kolkata (Calcutta), India317 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
Griddhakuta mountain is where lord Buddha used to sit and preach. It is a must see place if you are in Rajgir. The way to it is very simple. You go to the Vishwa Shanti Stupa by ropeway and then walk down a bit to take a diverted route to Griddhakuta mountain. The path is same from where people walk to Vishwa Shanti Stupa, just has a diversion in between.
There are 3 caves while you start walking to the top. First one is of Rahula, second of Sariputta and third of Lord Buddha.
It is a must see place but, avoid going there during summer, it's too tiring. I went there on a hot day in July. Though I was too tired, the view and energy of that place was worth it.
Written 9 July 2018
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