Located at a distance of 90 kms. of Patna, Nalanda is a prominent centre of Buddhist. The Buddha stayed here in a local mango grove on several occasions. In fact, the University of Nalanda (meaning ‘giver of knowledge’ – the first University of the world for higher studies) for which the place is most famous for, started off as a small Buddhist Monastery.  The Chinese traveller Xuanzang came and stayed here for five years to study Buddhism.

Main Tourist Spots: Ruins of Nalanda University, Nalanda Museum, Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall.

Where to Stay: It is best to stay at Rajgir only, which is just 12 kms. away from Nalanda.

How to Reach: By Air : Nearest Airport is Patna Airport (72 kms. away) and Bodhgaya Airport (104 kms. away).

By Rail : Nearest Railway Station is Nalanda and main Railway Station is Patna.

By Road : Well connected by road from Patna (93 kms.), from Rajgir (12 kms.), Bodhgaya (89 kms.)

Best Time to Visit: November to February.


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An Education and Religious Book Publisher based in Delhi (India) associated with prominent Buddhist organisations and temple associations, including Mahabodhi Mahavihara Temple, Bodh Gaya (Bihar) India. Created this website "" in the year 2010-11 with a view to bring the members of Barua community to a common platform, and to make available all relevant information about the community.

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