Visiting Vulture's Peak

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Visiting Vulture's Peak

Postby Dhammanando » Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:46 am

Hello all,

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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Re: Visiting Vulture's Peak

Postby cooran » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:31 am

Dear Ajahn,

I have been to Vulture's Peak four or five times in Feb/Mar and in October - no closure.

May I suggest that you contact Shantum Seth? I have never been on tour with him, but have seen him most times I have been in India, leading tours at the same time. He would know if there were any time restrictions at Vulture's Peak:

http://www.buddhapath.com/Shantum%20Seth.html

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Re: Visiting Vulture's Peak

Postby Dhammanando » Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:30 am

Thanks, Christine. I've forwarded my query to Shantum.

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Re: Visiting Vulture's Peak

Postby Dhammanando » Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:53 pm

I got a reply. It would appear that the cable cars up to Vulture Peak are closed every Thursday, but the mountain itself stays open for visitors all the year round.

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Re: Visiting Vulture's Peak

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Jan 07, 2013 7:02 pm

Vulture Peak is great. Sariputta attained enlightenment there. The Buddha gave so many discourses there. And the First Council was held not too far from there at Rajagaha (Rajgir).

I was there in August (2006) -- very hot and humid! Most Buddhists climb to the top with the stairs and from what I have heard most non-Buddhists take the cable cars.
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Re: Visiting Vulture's Peak

Postby ancientbuddhism » Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:15 pm

Dhammanando wrote:I got a reply. It would appear that the cable cars up to Vulture Peak are closed every Thursday, but the mountain itself stays open for visitors all the year round.

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