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A Guide To Nalanda, Bihar: What To See, Do And Eat

As PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Nalanda University's new campus in Rajgir, which is located right next to the ruins, here is a look at what the ancient centre of education has offer to a traveller

The ruins of the ancient Nalanda Mahavira Photo: Shutterstock.com
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In a monumental occassion for the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Nalanda University's new campus today, June 19, in Rajgir, Bihar. Hailed as one of the greatest centres of learning since ancient times, Nalanda University holds great significance in India's cavernous history. The University, founded in the 5th century, thrived for 800 years before it was destroyed by the troops of Muhammad Bakhtiyar Khilji in the 12th century. The new campus is located near the ancient ruins and is comprised of 24 large buildings that will be housing schools of diverse subjects, from Buddhist Studies to Philosophy to Sustainable Development and Management. The campus is also believed to have the largest library in the world. In addition to PM Modi and MEA S Jaishankar, representatives from 17 partner nations were also in attendance to witness the grand inauguration.