Ancient Site of Vikramshila

A small ancient town located approximately 40 km from Bhagalpur in Bihar, India, the ancient site of Vikramsila, once was one of the most important intellectual centre of Tantric Buddhism in the 8th century AD, besides being home to the well-known Nalanda University. It houses the world-famous Vikramshila University, built during the Pala Empire. The excavated relics of the city include a university surrounded by 108 temples, a life-size copy of Bodh Gaya's sacred 'Mahabodhi Tree' (Fig tree) and the main Stupa (temple) that was used as a site for meditation by the monks. The temple entrance is guarded by two large statues of Atisa (a Bengali monk) and Nagarjuna (a great scholar). The ruins hint at the existence of a dharmasala (inn) which accommodated the incoming visitors and a huge courtyard in the middle that could hold up to 8,000 monks at a time. The town was protected by large walls and gates that were locked during the night. There were monasteries for the teachers and libraries for housing books that were preserved in an air-conditioned environment. The museum located here displays antiquities of Pala period, bronze images and sculptures in terracotta and stone. There is also a scaled model of the excavated site.

About Ancient Site of Vikramshila

A small ancient town located approximately 40 km from Bhagalpur in Bihar, India, the ancient site of Vikramsila, once was one of the most important intellectual centre of Tantric Buddhism in the 8th century AD, besides being home to the well-known Nalanda University. It houses the world-famous Vikramshila University, built during the Pala Empire. The excavated relics of the city include a university surrounded by 108 temples, a life-size copy of Bodh Gaya's sacred 'Mahabodhi Tree' (Fig tree) and the main Stupa (temple) that was used as a site for meditation by the monks. The temple entrance is guarded by two large statues of Atisa (a Bengali monk) and Nagarjuna (a great scholar). The ruins hint at the existence of a dharmasala (inn) which accommodated the incoming visitors and a huge courtyard in the middle that could hold up to 8,000 monks at a time. The town was protected by large walls and gates that were locked during the night. There were monasteries for the teachers and libraries for housing books that were preserved in an air-conditioned environment. The museum located here displays antiquities of Pala period, bronze images and sculptures in terracotta and stone. There is also a scaled model of the excavated site.

Monument Information

Address

Vikramshila Ruins, Atichak Village, Bikramshila Ruins, Kahalgaon Block, Bhagalpur, Bihar, 812001

How To Reach

  • Nearest Airport :Patna
  • Nearest Railway Station :Bhagalpur Station
  • Nearest Bus Station : Bhagalpur Bus Station or Purnea Purnia Station

Opening Hours

  • Opening Time : 06:00:00 am
  • Closing Time :06:00:00 pm

Weather

  • Monsoon : Maximum: 31°C Minimum: 26°C

    Summer : Maximum: 36°C Minimum: 30°C

    Winter : Maximum: 10°C Minimum: 0°C

    Recommended Season to Visit : September to November or Feb-March

Facilities available At the Monument

  • Basic amenities available

Contact Details

  • Phone: + 91 - 0612 - 2677623
  • E-mail: circlepat.asi@gmail.com

Ticket Information

Terms & Conditions

  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • The Monument is open for visitors between sunrise and sunset.
  • Visitor shall be required to show photo identity proof in original at the entry to the monument.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.
INDIAN Visitor:
Total ₹ 25
₹ 25 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
FOREIGNER Visitor:
Total ₹ 300
₹ 300 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
SAARC Visitor:
Total ₹ 25
₹ 25 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
BIMSTEC Visitor:
Total ₹ 25
₹ 25 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax