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“Ancient University with universal appeal”
Review of Nalanda

Nalanda
Reviewed November 27, 2013

About a 100km from Patna. connected by good to ecellent roads. wondrful serene atomsphere with a history that has to be seen to be believed

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Reviewed October 22, 2013

As you travel to Nalanda from Biharsharief, you start getting the aura of history that surrounds the place. The serenity of the area is palpable. You are greeted by the First organized University of India, the ancient Nalanda University. The rocks rooms and the organized nature of the premising existing then is just unfathomable. The stupa of Budhdha on the mountain top and the rope travel was a life long experience. The mountaineous range surrounding the place where Budhdha mediated is a natures ultimate beauty!

Thank Mo_Ahmad
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the World famous ruins of Nalanda University, are situated towards Southeast of Patna City, in India. Founded in the 5th Century A.D., Nalanda is known as the ancient seat of learning. 2,000 Teachers and 10,000 Students from all over the world lived and studied here. It was the first Residential International University of the World. The University flourished during the 5th and 12th century.

The famous Chinese traveler and scholar,Hieun-Tsang stayed here and has given a detailed description of the situations prevailing at that time. This place was carefully excavated and many stupas, monasteries,hostels,stair cases,meditation halls, lecture halls and many other structures were found. This shows that this place was a centre of serious study and one of the most important Buddhist centres of worship and culture. There was a rigorous oral entry examination conducted by the gatekeepers,and many students were turned away.To study or to have studied at Nalanda was a matter of great prestige. The libraries were vast. On account of fire many of the texts were destroyed.

We read in Jain Books that Lord Mahavira spent fourteen years in Nalanda. Lord Buddha also visited this place. Nalanda was a very prosperous city, a great place of pilgrimage and the site of a celebrated university. It is said that King Asoka also erected a temple in Nalanda .

There are many good hotels to stay. It is strongly recommended to take an expert guides to explain our past glory. Photography is permitted. Entry fee is Rs. 5 for Indians and Rs. 100 for foreigners. It is open from 9AM to 5PM.

4  Thank RajnishPathak
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

This was a major center of culture and learning over 2,500 years ago--- and was at its height of influence and fame from 800-1,200 AD. Definitely worth a visit, and it's about 3 hours from Patna. I combined Nalanda with an overnight in Rajgir (really the only hotel options in the area) and a work trip to Patna. In addition to the University ruins, definitely make time for the archeological museum across the street and the Xuan Huang Memorial Hall commemorating a Chinese scholar/traveller from 800 AD who then spread Buddhism throughout Asia (and documented life/times/culture of this part of India).

2  Thank jenabaintheworld
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Make sure you get a guide when you go to this place. There are lots of wonderful stories about Buddhism debate, stories which involve many great Buddhist disciple. This university played a strong part in development of Mahayana Buddhism. Don't miss the historical story behind it, it is the main thing you have to do before visiting!

3  Thank Imeldawang
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