Timings: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PMLocation:
Start/End point: Nalanda Museum
Nalanda District, Bihar
Built on a hallowed site where the Buddha had often stayed, Nalanda is one of the world's oldest living cities. The Buddhist University of Nalanda, once the most prestigious center of learning in Asia, was built here. The evocative ruins of its monasteries and temples still convey a vivid impression of the serene and ordered life of contemplation and learning that prevailed here.
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Nalanda was an ancient Mahavihara, a revered Buddhist monastery which also served as a renowned center of learning, in the ancient kingdom of Magadha in India. The Nalanda Mahavihara site is in the State of Bihar, in north-eastern India. It comprises the archaeological remains of a monastic and scholastic institution dating from the 3rd century BCE to the 13th century CE.
Nalanda Archaeological MuseumNalanda Museum established in the year 1917 is one of the most prestigious site-museums of Archaeological Survey of India. There about 350 artefacts at display whereas more than thirteen thousand are kept in the reserve collection. The display includes stone images and sculptures, bronzes, stuccos, terracotta's, inscription, iron objects, ivory & bone objects and potteries etc. arranged in four galleries and the main hall.
Nava Nalanda MahaviraThe Nava Nalanda Mahavira is a relatively new institute dedicated to the study and research of Pali literature and Buddhism. It invites students from foreign countries as well. The institute was founded with an aim to develop it as a centre of higher studies in Pali and Buddhism along the lines of ancient Nalanda Mahavihara.
Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall
Among the most attractive tourist stopovers in Nalanda, the Hiuen Tsang Memorial Hall was built in the memory of Hiuen Tsang, a popular Chinese traveler who had come to study Buddhism and mysticism at the Nalanda University in 633 AD, and stayed here for 12 years. Tsang travelled around the country and also visited Takshila for further studies on Buddhism. The place where he used to learn yoga from his teacher Acharya Shil Bhadra, is now known as the memorial hall.
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