Vikramshila Ruins
Vikramshila Ruins
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Dr Ujjawal P
Patna, India581 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Family
This Place is of Archaeological value
Ruins having large area with Middle large STUP and people told about this old ancient culture/school
Famous as 'BAWAN GALIAN" and many old monuments ,pillars u can see here
You have to go by own Vehicle and not much is in nearby
food to be taken in advance and sp. water too,only small vendors few in no. are here
Ticket of Rs 5 for indians and 100 for non-indians
Need more infrastructural development if it need to be tourist spot
Museum is also inside the campus
Written May 30, 2012
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Deepak S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The site of Vikramshila lies almost 40 kms. from Bhagalpur.The journey along the National highway 80 though is bumpy but it meanders through the rural landscapes giving you a glimpse of the life in countryside.Sometimes one can get too close to the river Ganga and can enjoy its breathtaking views.Almost 2kms.from the Kahalgaon town, you need to leave the NH 80 and take a rural road on your left just few kms before Vikramshila.Once you reach the ruins,all your tiredness of the 2hr journey (sometimes its more) evaporates.Its better to reach there by 11am as the vast site needs 2 hrs.if visiting for the first time.Get your ticket (Rs.10) for nationals and 100 for foreigners to get inside the premises.Before getting inside the museum it is advisable to see the ruins as in summer the afternoons can be too hot and sweaty.Take a long walk to the main stupa and keep on reading the plaques inscribed by the ASI at designated places to get a feel of the centre of learning it was.Keep on walking the Parikrama path which encirckes the main stupa which used to have deities in all four directions.Surrounding the main structure are the ruins of the hostels having 52 rooms in one directions.In the South West corner of the hostels lies the underground meditation chambers attached with some of the rooms( Do not miss them.) Some distance from there lies the ruins of the library.Finally walking back along the main entrance keep moving to the structures in the North. There lies the small well which has now been filled up and other structures meant for meditation and study.Thereafter move on to the museum and see the antiquities displayed there.
After the visit is over which makes you completely drained out,one can have: gup-chup; jhalmuri(local snacks)etc. by the local vendors, as no cafeteria yet has been set up by the government.
If you leave the place by 3pm then while returning back to Bhagalpur, If time permits visit the Bateshwar Sthan temples( rock cut statues) and have panormaic view of the Ganges.
Written December 17, 2013
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Emily R
Venice, FL197 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
Less spectacular than Nalanda and could use some good signage. We were the only western tourists but there were plenty from India. The museum housed some impressive statues but, again, more complete signage including dates would have been helpful.
Written February 19, 2018
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kumar Singh
Jaipur, India20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
I visited this hisatorical place twice. There is a number of monuments like building which gives complete idea about architectures of vikramshila university. There is main stupa at the centre made up of stones.
Written October 30, 2014
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rkghosh
Kolkata (Calcutta), India96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Family
You feel like coming to this place again and again. Though the road is rough yet it is worth the pain. The ruins reminds you of the glorious past/history and fills you with pride. A must visit for the first timers.
Written October 14, 2014
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Rak990
Bhopal, India231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Business
Apart from Nalanda University, these ruins are another site of academic excellence of ancient and medieval Bihar. It is a huge area mostly depicting Buddhist heritage. It is a well kept site. It looks like a monastery. Worth seeing.
Written May 30, 2014
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Gyanendra Niraj
Mumbai, India143 contributions
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Feb 2012 • Solo
Nalanda, founded in the 5th century AD whereas Vikramshila in 9th, both of the places are famous as the ancient seat of learning. The ruins of the world's most ancient university (Nalanda) lies here which is 62 km from Bodhgaya and 90 km south of Patna whereas Vikramshila is 38 km east of Bhagalpur and 190 Kms from Patna. The university was founded by king Dharmpala, in late 8th century AD. After prosperous for years, it was plundered by invaders around 1200 AD. Vikramshila University belongs to the Pala period. The site covers a very extensive area dotted with carved pillars, votive stupas and mounds with remains. This place was famous for studies in Tantra and is close by are the Rajmahal Hills and Pathar Ghat, famous for their Jurassic Age rocks and natural fossils.

Such places relates you to past, make you feel proud of your fore-father's foresightedness and their achievements in the past at the time when the world was not so developed. The author who hails from that part of the country really takes pride in writing these lines.

I invite whole world and especially all NRIs and Non-Resident Biharis (NRBs) to visit this place. Yes, you may face difficulties reaching there as the Roadways are the only option to reach there but will this have a bearing on the indomitable spirit of a real traveller..?
Written January 31, 2013
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shridhar g
Patna, India154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Friends
It is bit neglected but it worth going.Used to be a university like the famous NALANDA.its a ruin but still a splendor.The middle dome is huge and magnificent.It has a museum inside of the things excavated here.
it has many structures inside worth watching and this could be as well a WORLD HERITAGE,if the Govt.of BIHAR and INDIA wakes-up.This is a feast to archeologist,historians,art lovers and Buddhist community. its a MUST GO,though the place is isolated from other tourist places.
Do carry your food and water.best time to go is NOV.-FEB.and take a guide who is available in just 50 INR.
Written December 26, 2012
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Amit Jha
Kolkata (Calcutta), India35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
Just like Nalanda University this ancient University Vikramashila is also one of the oldest in the world. 40-42 ka away from Bhagalpur City though Goverment should make that road a bit wider.. it's narrower at the moment causing traffic jam a bit.. best time to visit it is November to March.. a must visit for those who have interest in Past
Written April 30, 2018
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annelainea
London, UK306 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Very interesting large complex of a ruined early university.
Mainly Buddhist but also mixed in with Hindu elements. It is where the Mahayana school of Buddhism began during the Pala era .There are extensive ruins and some interesting carvings. Not as old as the university of Nalanda which is 5th century.
Destroyed by the Mogul invasion and then hidden under the earth until excavated in the 70s
A good small museum which has lovely statues of Tara and other Bhodisattvas.
Plenty of English info. Attractive clean well maintained grounds and nice clean washrooms
Written November 3, 2017
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