Nalanda is located in Bihar in India and is an ancient center of higher learning. Visit this ancient university town of Bihar with the Nalanda Tour Packages. The history of this place dates back to the times of Lord Buddha and Mahavir. It is said that Lord Buddha has stayed many times here and he would stay at the Pavarika's mango grove here. Mahavir and Buddha both have stayed here often and at one time they were present in Nalanda at the same time as some scriptures suggest. The name Nalanda is believed to mean 'giver of knowledge' and 'giver of lotus' since lotus represents knowledge. Book the Nalanda Tour Packages to visit this ancient historic city. This place marks the site of the once famous Buddhist University also called Nalanda University. This place attracts many Buddhists due to its connection with Lord Buddha.
Nalanda was the longest running university in Indian history and had people like Mahavir and Buddha as guests. It was destroyed by the Muslim invaders and the students were massacred. The library of the university was burned down and now only ruins remain of the structure spread over a wide area. Nalanda Tour Packages offer a trip to the oldest seat of learning in India which has glorious past and fascinating architectural ruins. It is believed to have been established in the fifth century by the Gupta kings and had students from all over the world coming here for education. It even finds a mention in the Chinese documents written by Chinese scholars and pilgrims.
Hien Tsang had also studied here in the 7th century. It was a prominent Buddhist learning centre between the fifth to twelfth centuries. It is also regarded as a Jain pilgrimage centre as Lord Mahavira who was the founder of Jainism, spent some time here teaching the principles of Jainism. Along with Bodh Gaya and Patna, Nalanda forms an important part of the Buddhist circuit. Get a chance to visit this place with the Nalanda Tour Packages.
Nalanda today has only ruins remaining of the university, monasteries, viharas and temples which were made by different kings. This place had the first residential international university with about 2000 teachers and 10,000 students from all over the world. Book the Nalanda Tour Packages to experience the past glory of the ruins present here. Harshvardhana and Ashoka built temples and monasteries here and more structures have been discovered with excavations. One can visit the ruins of the university which was built in the Kushana style of architecture with Nalanda Tour Packages. It is said that a large portion of the university is still unexcavated.
The Hiuen Tsang Memorial was made in the memory of Hiuen Tsang who was a Chinese traveler. He stayed in Nalanda for many years and studied here. Another place to see is the Surya Mandir, a temple dedicated to the Sun God. The Nalanda museum can be visited by bookingthe Nalanda Tour Packages. It has a vast collection of the ancient manuscripts and Buddhist statues. Other places nearby are Rajgir, Bodh Gaya and Patna which also attract many Buddhist pilgrims. Book your Nalanda Tour Packages to go on a memorable journey and enjoy the rich experiences.
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