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Prospering along the southern banks of river Ganges and set in the conglomerated backdrop of rich ancient heritage and a glorious historical past, Patna boasts of a dominating presence in history and enjoys the distinction of being one of the oldest cities in the world. Originally called as Pataliputra, Patna is currently a hot-bed for the culminating political fortunes. In addition to being one of the major and most popular tourist destinations in India- owing to its plethora of artefacts, monuments and grand architectural heritage which provide a peek in the bygone era, this capital city of Bihar also holds significant religious and spiritual importance. It is a gateway to pilgrimage sites of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists.
The capital city of Bihar, Patna is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. Originally known as Pataliputra, it played a major role in Indian culture and even today has great historical and religious significance. Having belonged to the blue family of cities with a royal heritage, it has an amazing past and various artefacts to provide a peek into the bygone era and also displays a brisk pace of modern development. Located on the banks of river Ganges, Patna is also an important pilgrimage centre and it is close to nearby religious centres of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and the Buddhists like Bodh Gaya, Vaishali, Nalanda and Pawapuri. Patna is also the birthplace of the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh and hence an important pilgrimage for Sikhs.