Nalanda District, Bihar
Situated amidst revered centres of learning, wisdom and religion, the village of Nepura is located four kilometers from the remains of the ancient Nalanda University and nine kilometers from Rajgir, the first capital of the Magadh Empire.
A centre for Tussar silk weaving, 50 families in the village have retained this traditional art, which was very popular in Buddhist times. Developed from a special variety of cocoons raised on arjun and sal trees, Tussar silk comes in natural shades of gold, from pale through tawny to deep tones...
With people from 18 different communities, Nepura offers an insight into the homogenous coexistence that is such an integral part of India's diverse heartland. Nepura has men and women guides who will help you explore silk weaving, cattle herding, Bihari folk theatre with its rich oral traditions and craft items inspired by Buddhist motifs.
See & Do
Take the local silk route... learn about the processing of this fibre from cocoon to loom. Explore the ruins at Nalanda: Nalanda University, Nalanda Museum, Surya temple and the Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall. Visit some of the splendid sites at Rajgir: take the chairlift up to the giant white Shanti Stupa, the Saptkarni Cave, the hot springs at Brahmakund (45°C), Ajatshatru's Fort, and the intriguing Swarna Gufa, where it's said that if one can decipher the inscription engraved here, the doors to a treasure trove of gold will open. Celebrate Chath, a popular bi-annual festival at the Surya temple (Oct and Mar). Enjoy the dance, music and art performances at the annual Rajgir Mahotsav (Oct).
- Airports: Patna (95 km), Gaya (85km)
- Rail link: Nalanda (4km)
- Road: NH 31 from Patna (95 km via Bihar Sharif)
On the Spot
- Several hotels, lodges, dharmsalas and monasteries at Rajgir
- Guest house managed by the village community will soon be available