CIMP will facilitate a one-day tour of Nalanda/Rajgir for desirous participants.
Rajgir is home to Vishwa Shanti Stupa, one of the 80 Peace Pagodas around the world– and is a major tourist centre of historical and religious significance. Located around 100 km from Patna, Rajgir is surrounded by Rajgir Hills and some of the attractions include Son Bhandar Caves, ancient city walls from Ajatshatru’s period, Bimbisara’s Jail, Brahma Kund (hot water spring), Japanese Temple in VenuVana (Bamboo Grove), Vulture’s Peak, and Rajgir Heritage Museum.
Nalanda was an acclaimed Mahavihara, a large Buddhist monastery in the ancient kingdom of Magadha (modern-day Bihar) in India. The site is located about 95 kilometres (59 mi) southeast of Patna near the town of Bihar Sharif, and was a centre of learning from the seventh century BCE to c. 1200 CE. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At its peak, the school attracted scholars and students from near and far with some travelling all the way from Tibet, China, Korea, and Central Asia. Archaeological evidence also notes contact with the Shailendra dynasty of Indonesia, one of whose kings built a monastery in the complex.