Top things to do in Nalanda

Historic Site in Nalanda

Nalanda Ruins

Allow an hour or two for wandering the extensive ruins at Nalanda – they’re peaceful and well maintained with a parklike atmosphere of clipped lawns and shrubs. The red-brick ruins consist of 11 monasteries and six …
Museum in Nalanda

Archaeological Museum

The Nalanda archaeological museum is small but has some fascinating finds, including the Nalanda University seal and a host of sculptures and bronzes unearthed from Nalanda and Rajgir. Along with the many Buddha fig…
Notable Building in Nalanda

Xuan Zang Memorial Hall

About 2km from the archaeological museum is the huge Xuan Zang Memorial Hall, built by the Chinese in honour of the famous Chinese pilgrim-traveller who studied and taught for several years at Nalanda. Modern-day ba…
Indian in Nalanda

Cafeteria Nalanda

On the pathway leading to the archaeological museum, Cafeteria Nalanda makes a pleasant spot for lunch, and serves a smattering of simple dishes from across India.
Jain Temple in Nalanda

Nandyavarta Mahal

Just outside Nalanda you’ll find the striking Nandyavarta Mahal at Kundalpur, believed by the Digambar Jain sect to be the birthplace of Lord Mahavira, the final tirthankar and founder of Jainism. The small temple c…