Nalanda Tourism, Bihar

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About Nalanda - Bihar Tourism

Nalanda is a city that is popular among tourists for the ruins of world’s oldest University that was founded in 5th century AD. Today travelers visit Nalanda to relive the experience of this ancient city of learning, with the grandeur still visible in the remnants. The city is located around 90 km from Patna and 60 km from Buddhist pilgrimage site of Bodh Gaya. The remnants of this ancient university takes travelers through the rich history, tradition, and culture of great nation. 

This was the first residential University of the world with around 2,000 teachers and 10,000 students. The historical grandeur of Nalanda university has been described in details along with the excellence of education system by Chinese traveler Hieun Tsang. Hieun Tsang travelled here in 7th century AD and lived here for some time. Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira also visited the University multiple times during his lifetime. The University also had numerous monasteries and viharas built by kings including Ashoka and Harshvardhana.

The main places to visit are the archaeological excavations of the university complex that is spread in an area of 14 hectares. The ruins also include the ramparts of ancient stupas and monasteries in the complex. Tourists should also visit the Nalanda Archaeological museum that holds beautiful collection of artefacts found during the excavations. The location of Nalanda makes it perfect to be combined with the travel plans to visit the other tourist destinations in Bihar including Rajgir and Bodh Gaya. 

The nearest railway station to Nalanda is Rajgir and the nearest airport is Patna. The best time to visit Nalanda is from October to March, when the weather is pleasant. 

   

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