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About Nalanda University

A center of excellence, Nalanda University was an acclaimed Mahavihara and a Buddhist Monastery in the ancient kingdom of Magadha. The educational center is located in the southeastern part of Patna near Bihar Shariff which was established in fifth century AD. One of the most prominent tourist destinations of Bihar, Nalanda University, is famous across the globe that ranks amongst the first few residential universities in the world. The school practiced highly formalized ways of Vedic teachings that helped inspire the further establishment of the institutions of Taxila and Vikramshila, often recognized as the early universities of India. Nalanda flourished immensely under the patronage of the Gupta Empire during the fifth century and subsequently, the emperor of Kannauj took it to great heights. This was the time when Nalanda enlightened scholars and students from far and near. Some even came all the way from China, Korea, Indonesia, Persia and Turkey. Taking a tour around the remnants of this ancient educational hub would transport one to the golden era of Pataliputra. Browse through the excavations that highlight the marvelous construction of this university. One can even spot a number of temples and monasteries built within the complex.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Accommodation
  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Not Allowed Pets
  • Allowed Camera, Video, Footwear

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