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Nalanda University, Patna

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Tour the impressive ruins of a large Buddhist monastery complex of the ancient kingdom of Magadha at Nalanda University, an archeological museum and a World Heritage Site. Huge red brick walls, stupas and pavilions, gardens and ponds, once housed up to 10,000 students and over 2,000 faculty members. Check out well-preserved erotic carvings figures and sculptures. Spanning 14 hectares (35 acres) current under excavation, this university established in 450 provided a learning environment for generations of students up until the end of the 12th century and was the longest running university in Indian history. An international centre for Buddhist studies established here in 1951 provides information about the site. Plan to visit Nalanda University and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Patna attractions using our Patna trip builder site .
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  • Fascinating historical site which was well maintained covering a large area even though not fully excavated. We had a very good local guide who helped with our understanding of the site and it’s histo...  more »
  • Beautiful ruins of the complex of stupas, monasteries and temples that are still in the area. Surprisingly clean and care venue and the visit is welcome. The price for foreigners is 200 rupees. Allowed photos
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  • I can't really comment except to warn that you should not attempt to visit this site unless you are very nearby: as roads and driving in Bihar are so terrible that journey estimates of timing are mean...  more »
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  • The University is awesome and specially the Dept. of Philosophy and Professor Buddhadev Bhattacharya, who is also known as Bengali Professor of this University. The canteen of this University is very good, the quality of the food which they provide are awesome.
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