With a backdrop of rich history and culture, Patna is the capital city of Bihar that is situated on the southern banks of the mighty River Ganga. It is also known as a center of learning, culture, and politics which have unequivocally assisted Patna to emerge as a city with the capability of balancing the past and present in a seamless manner. There are various options for sightseeing and the city boasts of an ancient architecture giving a glimpse into the golden era. Facilitating the visitors with plentiful insights of this city, the varied explorations here are none other than the beautiful mosques and temples, museums, and parks. Other popular tourist destinations like Nalanda, Bodhgaya, and Rajgir are in close vicinity and travelers can club these destinations for an extended trip. This winsome place is serving as a foodie’s delight since ages carrying the local Bihari cuisine that you cannot miss when in the city.
Patna Museum, Golghar, Patna Zoo, Patna University, Patna Ghat
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Settled on the southern bank of river Ganges, Patna – capital of state Bihar in India, is a prospering city with a backdrop of rich ancient heritage & glorious history. Once of the oldest cities in the world, Patna was originally Pataliputra. In present days this city is a melting pot of culminating political fortunes. Nevertheless, this city has attracted tourist for its innumerable monuments, artefacts and architectural heritage that will surely take you for a sneak-peek into the bygone era. With Rajgir, Nalanda, Vaishali and Bodh Gaya nearby, Patna serves as the right stop over to visit those places.
It was in 490 BCE when King Ajatshatru changes his capital from Magadha to Patliputra (now Patna), this town came into prominence. The city flourished for the next 1000 years in stature and gained a strategic importance in the expansion plans of Mauryan, Mughal and the British empires that ruled over India. Arrival of European made Patna a center of international trade and commerce, while East India Company established industries and factories here to facilitate trade. In 1912, Patna was made the capital of the Bihar and Orissa province of British and continued it a position of being a state capital after India’s independence, as well.
Tourists in Patna might be spoilt with choices. This city boasts of many historical & religious monuments like the Maner Sharif with Shah Daulat and Makhdoom Yahya Maneri, Takht Sri Patna Sahib, a holy place for Sikhs, Patthar ki Masjid, and Mahavir Mandir. Patna Museum is a good bet to visit. It has 50,000 or more rare art objects related to ancient, medieval age and British colonial era of India. Do see the Holy Relic Casket with the sacred ashes of Lord Buddha, and the beautiful statue of Yakshani. Other places for sightseeing in Patna are Har Mandir Saheb, Golghar, Kumhrar - the ancient ruins of Pataliputra, Patna Zoo Sanjay Gandhi Botanical and Zoological Garden, Gandhi Maidan & Gandhi Museum, Padri Ki Haveli the oldest church in Bihar, Khuda Baksh Oriental Library Ashok Rajpath, Mahatma Gandhi Setu, Buddha Smriti Udyaan, and Vaishali Stupa.
Patna is also a potpourri of pilgrims as Buddhist, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and people of other religions come here for their annual pilgrimage. Once can also head to places like Vaishali, Rajgir, Nalanda, Bodh Gaya, and Pawapuri, from Patna. The Sonepur Mela at Sonepur in Patna is a great experience. This mela or exhibition is a large cattle and animal fair, much like the Pushkar Cattle Fair of Rajasthan, is held on the on the confluence of river Ganges and Gandak., n the month of November. This fair attracts a large number of international tourists.
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