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Day Trip To Nalanda And Rajgir From Bodhgaya

About 45 miles from Gaya is the historical town of Nalanda in the North Eastern state of Bihar. Visit the famous Buddhist monastery that was home to an international university from the 5th to the 12th century A.D. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the well preserved ruins of this ancient seat of learning make it an important destination on the Buddhist tourism circuit. Next drive to the ancient town of Rajgir that is 10 miles from Nalanda. Lord Buddha spent several years of his life in Rajgir.

• Nalanda University, oldest residential University of the world
• Ajatshatru Fort
• Vulture Peak

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  • What's included :
    • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Local English speaking guide
    • 02 bottles of mineral water per person
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities ( Optional
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Nalanda, Nalanda, Nalanda District, Bihar

    You will be picked up from your hotel in Gaya and driven to Nalanda, which is a 2-hour drive away.

    Nalanda is one of the world’s oldest living cities. It flourished as an international university under the patronage of Emperors Ashoka and Harshavardhana, who built temples and monasteries here. Nalanda was the first residential university of the world. It attracted scholars from all over the Buddhist world and at its peak had around 2 000 teachers and 10 000 monks staying here. The monasteries here are built on the Kushan style of architecture. There is a large courtyard that is surrounded by cells where the monks lived. Nalanda was destroyed by Muslim invaders in the 12th century. The three libraries here were burnt down. It is said that they had such a large collection of books and manuscripts that the fire burnt for six months. Spend some time walking through the ruins of this ancient seat of learning.

    Next take lunch at a local restaurant (own expense).

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Rajgir, Rajgir, Nalanda District, Bihar

    After lunch visit Rajgir, that is 10 miles from Nalanda. Rajgir was the capital of the ancient state of Magadh. Lord Buddha spent many years in Rajgir and delivered some of his famous sermons here. This town is important for the Jain community, too, as Lord Mahavira is also said to have stayed in Rajgir. The travelogues of ancient Buddhist travelers Huen Tsang and Fa Hian also mention Rajgir. Vulture peak - Lord Buddha’s favorite retreat and Ajatshatru Fort are two important sites to visit in Rajgir.

    At the end of the tour you will be driven back to Gaya and dropped off at your hotel.

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Departure Point :
    Bihar, Bihar
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We may pick up travelers from city center hotels / fixed point wiithin city limits. In case pick up is outside central points extra cost shall applicable subject to distance applicable.Airports
    • Gaya Airport, Gaya - Sherghati Rd, Gaya, Bihar 823004, India
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Adult pricing applies to all travelers.
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by SITA World Tours

Activity ID: V-50182P373

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