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One of the oldest universities in the world dating back to 5th century, Nalanda University was a Buddhist university with around 10,000 monks and students which was later destroyed by Muslim invasion. It is believed that about 9 million manuscripts were burnt in the destruction and now there are only ruins to see and imagine the history. It is the second most visited place in Bihar and was recognized by UNESCO as well.

Top attractions in the Nalanda University Ruins

The classrooms at Nalanda University

Around 10,000 students and 2000 teachers used to come to the university and classes of Philosophy, religion, Buddhism and various other scientific thoughts like astronomy, mathematics, anatomy, etc. more than 100 students used to come to take classes in each classroom and they were not permitted to visit anywhere else during the classes.

Dormitory of the students

It was the first of its kind boarding university in its right sense; it was differentiated into three floors where new students used to live in the basement, mid-level students used to stay at the ground, dormitory captain and experienced students used to stay at the top floor. All the floors were connected through a stairway system.

Ventilation system at the dormitory

Proper windows were not constructed inside, however, fresh air and sunlight used to come by the ventilation system that was an opening at the dormitory. The ventilation system was wide and inclined in such a way to permit the air and sunlight to come in through.

Things to do in Nalanda University Ruins

  • Open cooking mud-oven called Chullah – view a Chullah burned from both sides.
  • Cooking area – explore the octagonal well, a part of the university complex.
  • The Nalanda university complex – view the east side called “Viharas” (Monasteries) and west called “Chiayas” (temples).

Best time to visit Nalanda University Ruins

October to March is the best time to visit Nalanda University Ruins as the weather remains favorable this time.

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