Nalanda is a complete travel destination and it would require you not less than 2-3 days if you wish to discover the learning History of ancient times. Nevertheless, there are 4-5 major attractions which you cannot afford to miss
1.Nalanda University Ruins: Nalanda University was the most coveted seat of learning in Ancient Times. It was a fully residential institution where around 2000 teachers and 20000 students from every corner of World stayed. No formal degree was provided and there was no timeline for completion of course, but students had to go through rigorous oral examinations. It is said that it was very difficult to get an admission into the University and many students were sent back from the Main Gate itself.
The present ruins of the University spawns to 14 hectares consisting of monastries and temples, with beautiful gardens in between. The buildings are divided by a central walk way that goes south to north. The monasteries or “Viharas” are east of this central alley and the temple or “Chaiyas” to the west. The Vihara-1 is perhaps the most interesting with its cells on two floors built around a central courtyard where steps lead up to what must have been a dais for the professors to address their students.
2. Nalanda Archaeological Museum