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?
Yathā bubbuḷakaṃ passe, yathā passe marīcikaṃ,
Evaṃ lokaṃ avekkhantaṃ, maccurājā na passati.
One should see it as a bubble;
One should see it as a mirage.
Who regards the world thus
The King of Death sees him not.