Nalanda holds immense significance because of the Nalanda University which used to be an educational hub of ancient India. Nalanda University was known in the entire world and that is why the place is also known as the land of knowledge. Even the literal meaning of Nalanda is 'Giver of Knowledge'. There exists a separation of mere 74kms between Nalanda and Patna. Three direct trains are also available from Patna to Nalanda, Budhpurnima Express, Shramjevi Express and Rajgriha Express being there name. You can also take private or government bus to reach Nalanda from Patna. The University is spread across 14hectares of area. It consists of several temples, classrooms, meditation halls, lakes and parks which are worth visiting. The place is considered among the favourites in the list of travellers and attracts large number of tourists every year. Tomb of Bihar Sharif, Baragaon and Dargah of Malik Ibrahim Baya, etc. are among the other places you can visit in and around Nalanda. Being in proximity to Patna, Nalanda is well-connected to all the major cities of India and thus can be travelled t very easily.
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Nalanda was an ancient city with a higher learning institution in the state of Bihar, India. The city is located 88 kms from Patna, in the south. The nearest airport is Patna Airport, which lies at a distance of around 90 kms from the City of Nalanda. On landing on the airport you can hire a cab from Savaari cab services to reach the city of Nalanda. The city also well connected by railways and road lines running from major cities of Bihar and other neighbouring states. There is a railway station at Nalanda which lies on the Bakhtiyarpur-Tilaiya line giving it a better connectivity to all the major railway stations in India. The city is rich in archaeological sites and gives a beautiful insight in the history of Gupta Empire and Pala Empire in India. The city has seen many ancient scholars who have contributed significantly in various fields of Mathematics, science, astrology. There are lots of interesting places to visit in the city. .
Nalanda University Ruins Archaeological Complex: The city has beautiful archaeological sites which cover an area of about 14 hectares. The buildings are divided by a central walkway that goes south to north. The monasteries or "Viharas" are situated at the east of this central alley and the temple or "Chaiyas" to the west.
The enormous pyramidal mass of the Temple is impressive and from its top commands a splendid view of the entire area. It is surrounded by smaller stupas, many of which studded with small and big statues of the Lord Buddha in Various poses or "Mudras".
Nalanda Archaeological Museum: Opposite the entrance to the ruins of the university and houses, there is a small but beautiful collection of Buddhist and Hindu bronzes and a number of undamaged statues of the Lord Buddha that were found in the area. Two enormous terra-cotta jars of the first century stand intact behind the museum in a shaded enclosure. The collection includes copper plates and stone inscriptions, coins, pottery and samples of burnt rice (12th century AD) found among the ruins here.
To reach the excavation site from your hotel you can take an auto or you can book a cab in advance. Have a pleasant trip to Nalanda.