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A Rendezvous With Nalanda
Ritco ToursLocated in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, Nalanda was one of the greatest centers of learning in the ancient times. Now a small village, Nalanda is about 72 km from Patna, the capital city of Bihar and is part of the Buddhist circuit that also includes Bodh Gaya and Rajgir. It has ruins of its rich past scattered all around. Sculptures, frescoes and bas relief are still to be seen amongst the ruins. Good network of roads connect Nalanda to the other cities of the state making it accessible from all the parts of India.

Things You Can Do in Nalanda
» Sightseeing : This is the only thing you can do here. This ancient city has numerous attractions to behold and get an insight into the ancient glory of India.

» Shopping : From Nalanda one can buy souvenirs and trinkets. But if want to buy some more things then, go to the main market of the nearby destination Rajgir, where there are shops selling decorative items and gift articles. You can also get handicraft materials, stone, sea-shell items and jewellery, which are very popular among tourists. One can also go for shopping in the Kund area of Rajgir.

Sightseeing in Nalanda
» The Ruins of Nalanda University : Spread over an area of 14 hectares of land are the ruins of Nalanda University. The university was built in the Kushana style of architecture, but the one can easily find the impact of the Pala dynasty throughout its architecture. In the ancient times the Nalanda University was the largest university in the world and accommodated about 10,000 students and 2,000 teachers.

» Hiuen Tsang Memorial Hall : Built in the memory of Hiuen Tsang, a Chinese traveler who came to India in around 5th century AD, the Hiuen Tsang Memorial Hall is a must visit place in Nalanda Bihar.

» Surya Mandir : This temple is dedicated to the Sun God and is located near the university. This temple houses several statues of Hindu and Buddhist deities.

» Nalanda Museum : The Nalanda museum was established in 1971. The museum is a good collection of ancient manuscripts and Buddhist statues. The museum also showcases artifacts of the Maurya, Gupta and other periods.

» Nav Nalanda Vihar : Established in 1951 to keep the ancient tradition of spreading knowledge, Nav Nalanda Vihar was set up by the Bihar government to teach Pali language near the ancient university. Pali a widely used language in the ancient times.

Excursions from Nalanda
Ritco ToursNalanda, the land oldest university in the world, is a beautiful place strewn with ruins of the its glorious past. It has some of the most interesting excursion destinations nearby like Rajgir, Pawapuri, Bodhgaya and others. Rajgir is around 12 km from Nalanda and a famous pilgrimage center for Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains. There are many places of interest here such as the Swarna Gufa, Griddhakuta Parvat, and Vishwa Shanti Stupa etc.

Bodh Gaya, the most important Buddhist pilgrimage center is around 50 km away from Nalanda. It consists the famous Maha Bodhi Temple, monasteries built by the governments of Buddhist countries, and an archeological museum along with several other sites. Gaya is situated around 65 km from Nalanda and is a major pilgrimage center for Hindus. Pawapuri is situated at a distance of 47 km from Nalanda and is believed to be the place where Lord Mahavira died. Patna, the capital of Bihar and a great historical city is situated around 72 km northeast of Nalanda.

Most Ideal Time to Visit Nalanda
Nalanda, is located in the Gangetic plains, thus, it experiences extreme weather conditions. In summers the maximum temperature can reach up to 37.8°C and a minimum of 17.8°C. In winters the maximum temperature is at around 27.8°C while the minimum temperature dips down to as low as 10.6°C. Monsoon arrives in this region in June and continued till September. The average rainfall during monsoon is 120 cm. The ideal time to visit Nalanda is between October to March.

Getting There
» By Air : The nearest airport from Nalanda is Patna around 89 km away. There are regular flights from Patna connecting to Kolkata, Delhi, Ranchi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Lucknow, and Kathmandu.

» By Rail : Rajgir 12 km away is the nearest railway station from Nalanda. Nearest major railway point is Gaya around 65 km away, from where one can take trains for Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi, and some of the major centers in eastern India.

» By Road : Nalanda is connected through a good road network with Rajgir 12 km, Bodh Gaya 50 km, Gaya 65 km, Patna 90 km, Pawapuri 26 km, and Bihar Sharif 13 km.

» Private Vehicles : You can contact us for this, as we are well established with an extensive number of cars and coaches (ranging from luxury to budget and between) for the tourists from all over.

Anchoring in Nalanda
Ritco ToursNalanda was the center of learning in ancient times. It was a city filled with students from all over the world. But now it is a small village with ruins of historical past, managed by the Archaeological survey of India. These ruins speak volumes about the rich history of Nalanda and it is these ruins which attracts innumerable tourists from all over the world. One has to take a bus or a taxi or a private vehicle to reach Nalanda from the airport or the railway station. Cycle rickshaws and tongas are the most commonly used modes of local transportation within Nalanda. Here,in Nalanda we can help you by providing you pick up from wherever you want, airport or the railway station and taking you to the tourist destination and then dropping you to the hotel. For this, all you need to do is, book with us, we have an array of cars and coaches that provide personalized services, ensuring that you enjoy every moment for your trip, comfortably.

There are some monasteries built by Buddhist countries and a government guest houses where tourists can accommodate themselves. There are several good hotels in the nearby tourist centers like Rajgir, Bodhgaya, and Gaya.

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