Friday, October 12, 2007


Nalanda: Located 95 km from Patna lies the ruins of one of the most centres of learning in the ancient world. Nalanda University, built in the 5th century BC. Patronised by royalty and eminent religious leaders like Buddha and Mahavira, it enjoyed an excellent repurtation world over.

Maner: 30 km. Sacred to the memory of the 13th century Sufi Saint Maneri. Bari dargah, his cenotaph and the tomb of his disciple Shah Daulat are visited by streams of Muslim pilgrims. Area around the shrine is a picnic spot.

Bodhgaya: 135 km.The site of Buddha's attainment of enlightenment. One of the holiest place for Buddhist devotees.

Rajgir:110 Km. Situated amongst lush green hills. The ancient capital of the Magadha emperors it became an important venue for pilgrims from not only Buddhist and Jain faiths but also for Hindus and Muslims.

Vaishali: 55km. Famous for its association with the Buddha and Lord Mahavira. Vaishali is credited with the world's first republic. Vaishali is now well connected with Patna by a bridge over the river Ganga.

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