Nalanda was the site of the world’s earliest university, founded in the 5th century BC. 2,000 teachers and 10,000 students from all over the Buddhist world lived and studied at Nalanda, which flourished from the 5th to the 12th century AD.

Much still lies unexcavated, but even so the scale and grandeur of the ruins visible today makes for a spectacular sight, and walking amongst the remains of the various stupas, temples and monasteries, evokes a strong impression of the importance of this ancient seat of learning.

There is also a small but interesting archaeological museum of finds from the site.

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