Nalanda, Pawapuri, Rajgir, Bodhgaya

This is a tour circuit for combination of historical sightseeing, leisure and religious tour. You can start your tour either way from Bodh Gaya or Nalanda. Both the places are well connected by National Highway (Kolkata – Delhi). While Gaya is on the trunk rail route between Kolkata and Varanasi, Nalanda is a bit offbeat but connected by rail from Kolkata, Patna and Gaya. Nalanda is best known as ancient capital of Magadha Dynasty and Bikramshila University which is now known as Nalanda University. The remnants of Nalanda Mahavihara, places for the students and teachers of Bikramshila, attracts tourist to go into the ancient Indian History. Pawapuri which is around 20 km from Nalanda is another famous place and Jain pilgrimage. The Jal Mandir in Pawapuri is very sacred for the Jains. Lord Mahavira Jain breathed his last at this place and was cremated around 500 BC. Spend 2/3 days in Rajgir and see these places around and move to Bodh Gaya which is around 70 km and 2 hour drive by road. On the way you can see the places of interest in Gaya. Bodhgaya is a place where Lord Buddha attained Nirvana (enlighten) under Bodhi tree which still exists. The Mahabodhi temple here is an UNESCO heritage recognized temple where one can see 20 mtrs tall statue of Lord Buddha. This is place is considered the holiest place to the Buddhists. There are Monasteries. Museums in the vicinity.

Places to visit

Remnants of Bikramshila University

Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Rajgir

Great Buddha Statue, Bodhgaya