A Thai monk has asked me to find out in which months the Vulture's Peak (Gijjhakūṭa, Skt. Gṛdrakūta) at Rajgir is "open". I told him that as far as I know it's always open, but the monk (who has visited it four times) insists that it's closed during certain months of the year. He wishes to know because his aunt is travelling there this year and is particularly anxious to see the Vulture's Peak. I've checked a few tourist sites and pilgrims' accounts via Google and haven't found anything that would contradict my own view. Does anyone here know anything about this matter?
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First hermit: Still there’s one thing about being a hermit, at least you get to meet people.
Second hermit: Oh yes! I wouldn’t go back to public relations.
— Monty Python, The Hermits
(I shall be offline from 27th June until November)