Nalanda University Overview
Said to be the oldest university in the world, Nalanda University is amongst the earliest pioneers of learning. In addition to being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the university has origins that date back to as early as the 3rd century, and the entire structure spreads across 14 hectares of land.

It has been referenced in some of the oldest epics of India as well as in the travelogues of Hiuen Tsang. Designated as an “Institution of National Importance,” Nalanda University also boasts of one of the best architectures in the world, and is a famous attraction for tourists visiting the region. 

Timings: 09:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. 

Location: Nalanda University is located in the town of Rajgir, around 93.3 kilometers from Patna. 

Historical Facts:
-Nalanda University was founded during the Gupta Dynasty.
-It was patronized by several rulers, including King Harshavardhana of Kannauj during the 7th century and the Pala rulers between the 8th and 12th centuries.
-The university taught students the Great Wheel, Vedas, Literature, Mathematics, Medicine as well as all the eighteen sects of Buddhism.
-The university was attacked thrice by invaders, including Bhaktiyar Khilji, the Huns as well as the Goudas.
-In the bygone times, the university was the only international university in the world and was home to uncountable books and manuscripts; which is why it kept on burning for six months after the structure caught fire.

-Nalanda University is said to be the ancient seat of learning.
-The University was reopened after 800 years in September 2014.
-It aims to exchange ideas through education and shared heritage.
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