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Road connectivity from Rajgir, the site of the Nalanda University Campus to Gaya and Patna
  The site for Nalanda University is located in the Nalanda District of Bihar (with headquarters at Bihar Sharif) and fronts the State Highway 71. The site is on the south-west outskirts of Rajgir town. Rajgir is also the administrative sub-division of Nalanda District. It is approximately 12 kms from the historical site of the ancient Nalanda University and about 110 kms by road from Patna, the capital of the state of Bihar.

The total area of the campus is 455 acres and oriented roughly east-west along the highway. Beyond the railway tracks, the ancient Rajgir Hills form the backdrop on the south. The terrain of the site is reasonably flat with a few seasonal water bodies.

Location of Nalanda University Campus in relation to the ruins of old Nalanda (12 kms)
Nalanda University site and surroundings
Rajgir is an important place on the Buddhist and Jain pilgrimage circuits. The Gridhakuta Peak or Eagle Peak as it is called — the place where the Buddha gave his most profound discourse 'Lotus Sutra' — is an important tourist site in Rajgir. Some of the other tourist attractions are the hot springs called Brahma Kund and Makhdum Kund. The annual cultural festival, Rajgir Mahotsav, organized by the district administration is also a big draw. It is usually held in the month of December.

The Gridhakuta Peak   Makhdum Kund   Rajgir Mahotsav

How to Reach

Air: The nearest airport is at Patna (115 kms). Many Indian carriers connect Patna to Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Ranchi and Lucknow. Generally between October and May, flights operate from Gaya International Airport to Thailand, Yangon, Paro and Colombo. Domestic flights also operate during this period between Gaya and Delhi, Varanasi and Kolkata.

Rail: Rajgir has a railhead but the nearest major stations are Patna (110 kms) and Gaya (78 kms).

Road: Rajgir is connected by road to Nalanda (12 kms), Bihar Sharif (25 kms), Patna (110 kms),
Gaya (78 kms), Pawapuri (38 kms), etc.

Bus: Regular buses are available from all the above mentioned towns to Rajgir.

Local Transport: Taxis, buses and tongas are available.

General Information

Temperature: Summer — Max. 450C; Min. 200C; Winter — Max. 280C; Min. 60C

Rainfall: 186 cms (Rainy season: mid-June to mid-September)

Best period to visit: October to March

Accommodation in Rajgir

Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation accommodation:

Tathagat Vihar (06112 255176)
Ajatshatru Vihar (06112 255027)
Gautam Vihar (06112 255273)

Private hotels:

Indo Hokke Hotel (06112 255245)
The Rajgir Residency Hotel (06112 255404)
Siddharth Hotel (06112 255216)


Note: This is an indicative list for accommodation available in Rajgir.

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