Nalanda, a part of the Budhist circuit, is famous for the the ancient International Monastic University. Established in 5th century BC by the Gupta Emperors, it was a famous learning centres in ancient times. The great stupa flanked by flights of steps and terraces, votive stupas and beautiful sculpture give the present day tourists a glimpse of the past glory that once was Nalanda.
Location: Nalanda is situated 90 Km from Patna, Bihar.
Tourist Spots: The Nalanda University Archaeological Complex, The Nalanda Archaeological Museum, Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall, Silao, Surajpur Baragaon.
Best Buys: Buy the famous local sweet 'Khaja', from Silao, a village between Nalanda and Rajgir.
Best Time to Visit: October to March.
How to Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport from Nalanda is the Patna airport, 90 km away.
By Train: The nearest major railway stations is Gaya around 65 km from Nalanda. Gaya is well connected to other parts of India.
By Road: Nalanda is connected through a good road network with Rajgir (12 km), Gaya (65 km), and Patna (90 km).