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.