Probably the oldest university in India, Nalanda is an important site to visit in Bihar. A perfect reminisce to the time of flourishing Gupta and Pala period, Nalanda is an acclaimed tourist attraction in Bihar. It is believed that the last and most famous Jain Tirthankara, Mahavira spent 14 monsoon seasons here. Even, Buddha is said to have delivered lectures near the mango grove in Nalanda. The fame of this education centre was to an extent that Hieun Tsang, the famous Chinese traveller visited here and stayed for atleast two years here. Even, I-tsing another famous Chinese voyager stayed at Nalanda for about 10 years, AND such was the glory of this place. Today most parts of Nalanda lie in ruins but the place is surely worth exploring!
Major Tourist Attraction:
- Nalanda Archaeological Museum
- Xuanzang Memorial Hall
- Nalanda Multimedia Museum
- Surajpur Baragaon
- Rajgir Dance Festival ( in October)
How to Reach: The best way to reach here would be to board a flight/train to Gaya (95kms from Nalanda) and then book a cab/taxi.