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Rajgir - India

Rajgir is a city in the Indian state of Bihar which was the first capital of the kingdom of Magadha, a state that would eventually evolve into the Mauryan Empire. Its date of origin is unknown, although ceramics dating to about 1000 BC have been found in the city. Buddha not only spent many years in Rajgir, but also delivered important sermons here including the "Atanatiya" conference held at Vulture's Peak mountain. Rajgir is famous for its hot water springs, locally known as Brahmakund, a sacred place for Hindus. Another major attraction is the peace pagoda, Vishwa Shanti Stupa, built in 1969, and the rope-way that leads to it. Other sights include the Japanese temple beside the Venu Vana, Makhdoom Kund, the Bimbisar's Jail, the Ajatshatru's Fort and the Jarasandh's Akhara.