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Nalanda, 90 kms south of Patna , literally means the place that confers the lotus. It was one of the oldest universities of the world. 

It has nine million books, ten thousand students, two thousand teachers and was a centre of great learning which reached its zenith between 5th and 12th Century A.D. Both Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavira visited  place. 

Emperor Ashoka built a Vihara, while Emperor Harshvardhan donated a 26 mtr. High copper image of Buddha and Emperor Kumar Gupta built a college of fine arts. In 1951, an International Centre for Buddhist Studies was established in Nalanda. 

Nava Nalanda Vihar, 2 kms from here, is a similar institution.  Baragaon, 2 km away has a sun temple, famous for Chhath puja. 

Places of Tourist Interest 

  • Nalanda University Ruins Archaeological Complex

  • Nalanda Archaeological Museum

  • Nava Nalanda Mahavihara

  • Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall  



Pawapuri is also known as Apapuri, is a sacred Jain pilgrim centre. Jalmandir, a marble temple in the centre of a big lotus tank, is the biggest attraction ... The temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavir, the last and 24th Tirthankar of the Jain religion. There is a long bridge (over 40 ft long and 4 ft in width) inside the tank for reaching the temple. The surroundings of the temple are furnished by a well-kept garden.

Bihar Sharif

Bihar Sharif was once the capital of the Muslim Governors of Bihar between 13th and 16th centuries & is famous Makhdum Shah Sharif-ud-din,tomb a Muslim saint of 14th century. Urs is celebrated annually at the Dargah or tomb .

The best time to visit :-  The best time to visit Nalanda is between October to March

How To Get There
By Air  
The nearest airport, Patna .
By Train 
Though Rajgir (12 km) & Gayathe convenient rail head (95 kms).
By Road 
Well connected by road Patna (103 kms)

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