The village Nalanda in the district of Patna has a very hoary
history recalling the days of Mahavira and Buddha. Nalanda is 55 miles south-east of Patna
and seven miles north of Rajgir, the ancient Rajagriha. Nalanda is now served by a branch
section of the Eastern Railway from Bakhtiarpur station on the Howrah-Mughalsarai route.
Nalanda is also well connected by an all-weather road with Patna via Bakhtiarpur and
several passenger buses run daily from Patna to Rajgir via Nalanda and back.
A number of taxis are also available at Bakhtiarpur railway station, which is at a
distance of 25 miles from Nalanda. Ekkas and rickshaws are available at Nalanda. There is
an Inspection Bungalow and some dharamshala.3 at Nalanda. The visitors can also stay at
Rajgir, only seven miles away, where a large number of rests houses, dormitories,
dharmashalas, besides private houses are available on rent.
Author - P. C. Roy Choudhury