Tourist Attractions in Nalanda, an Ancient place of learning in Bihar India

The Nalanda University Archaeological Complex:

This beautiful archeological complex houses some of the best-kept gardens and is divided by a central walkway that goes south to north. Built in typical Kushana style of architecture, all edifices are made of red brick. Do visit the monasteries or "Viharas" located east of the central alley and the temples or "Chaityas" to the west. The Vihara-1 is perhaps the most interesting with its cells on two floors built around a central courtyard with steps leading up. A small chapel still retains a half broken statue of Lord Buddha.

Open from: 9.00 am-5.00 pm

Entry fee : – Rs 2

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The Nalanda Archaeological Museum:

Established in 1971 and located opposite the ruins of the university it has a small but beautiful collection of Buddhist and Hindu bronzes and a number of undamaged statues of Lord Buddha that were unearthed from the area. The museum also houses rare manuscripts, stone inscriptions, coins, copper plates and pottery dating back to the 12th century AD. Two enormous Terracotta Jars belonging to the first century stand intact behind the museum in a shaded enclosure.

Open from: 10.00-17.00 (closed on Friday)

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This study and research centre is devoted to the Pali Literature and Buddhism. This internationally acclaimed centre is frequented by students come from across the world keen on gleaning info on Buddhism and the Pali language.

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Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall:

This memorial hall was built in memory of the famous Chinese traveler Hieun Tsang who came to India during the 5th century AD to study its socio-political conditions. Having stayed here for almost 12 years, he was also a renowned teacher here

Surajpur Baragaon:

This houses a temple dedicated to the Sun God and also has a number of Hindu and Buddhist deities. A 5 ft high statue of Parvati is of particular interest.

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