Barely about 70 KM from Patna lies the ruin of ancient seat of learning - the University of Nalanda. You must make time to visit it, immerse yourself in the ancient glory of teaching.
Take a guide and he will be more interested in telling you where was the shooting of some movie was done. That was a disappointment for me. But once you move around a little, you can see the hostels, the main stupa, the kitchen and the classrooms. The architecture was such that it controlled the temperature in summer as well as in winter. The thickness of walls, which is over 4 feet draws your attention all the time.
Photography on tripod is not allowed for reasons unknown. However, you can shoot with camera to your heart's content.
The place is very well maintained as it is the home constituency of the state chief minister, who is a scholar himself.
A place that you must visit if you are in Patna. Set aside one full day to visit the marvel of learning of ancient years.
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