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"The cradle of Empires"

Patna Tourism

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.

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Patna boasts of a number of historical monuments depicting the history of the state such as the Maner Sharif, a historical site that houses two tombs, Shah Daulat and Makhdoom Yahya Maneri; Takht SriPatna Sahib, a holy place for Sikhs put up by Maharaja Ranjit Singh; Patthar ki Masjid, a mosque wholly constructed of stones and Mahavir Mandir.

Patna is a land of delectable cuisines most of which are predominantly vegetarian. Litti Chokha is the introduction to the staple diet of the town. It is a savoury wheat and sattu ball dipped in ghee. The ball full of spices and a mix of several flavors, is served with cooked and mashed vegetables.

The regular food consist of seasonal vegetables and pulses, cost of which keep varying depending on their availability. Everyday food regulates around roti, daal, bhaat and sabzi.
In addition to this, local people are extremely fond of mutton, fish and fried chicken dishes. The flavors are inspired from Bengali and North Indian cuisines and are a lip-smacking fusion.

In addition to this, Patna has a special fondness for sweet dishes. Naivedyam is a popular dish made from besan and dry fruits. Other famous sweets are Chandrakala/ Gujjia, Khaja, Kesar Peda, Dal Peda, Malpua, Parwal ki mithai etc.

Local fast food snacks include Chana Ghugni, Samosa, Jhaal Mudi, Choora, Thekua etc. Kalakand is another delicious preparation from condensed milk, which is a must try other than Anarsa. Sattu Pani and Lassi are popular beverages.

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Day 1:
Arrive in Patna. Begin by diving in the cultural ruins of the very famous Nalanda University. Patna is the birthplace of the tenth Sikh guru- Guru Gobind Singh. Spend the latter half of the day exploring the Sikh religion, visit Takht Shri Patna Sahib.

Day 2:
Start by visiting Agam Dua which is a famous archaeological site in Patna. Proceed to the popular Hanuman Mandir. Spend a leisure evening on the GandhiGhatt. You can also go boating on the ghat. Stay for the Ganga Aarti which is a spectacular event at the ghat.

Day 3:
Begin your day by going on a tour of the Golghar. It is an ancient large granary famous for its architecture and historical relevance. Not far from here is the Gandhi Maidan where you can proceed next. If you have time at hand, you can choose to visit the Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park or Shahid Smriti Park. End your day with a stroll in the street markets shopping local souvenirs at Patna Market or Ashok Rajpath.

Day 4: (Optional)
Wake up early next day and head to Patna Museum. It is known for its preserved historical artefacts. Next, proceed to Gandhi Sanghralaya. Post lunch, you can spend the evening at the Buddha Smriti Park. End your trip by visiting the P & M mall- the most popular shopping arcade in the city.

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8 months ago by Asif Uzzaman

One or two days are enough for Patna visit. Old museum, the new Bihar museum, Patna zoo, Golghar are must visit places here. If you're looking forward to having some good time with family, then you can visit Kumhrar park, Buddha Smriti Park, or the Water park at the outskirts of the city. Traffic rush is always a problem in Patna in all the roads.

10 months ago by Kovid Kapoor

- Patna is a very crowded city, so you might get overwhelmed when you just enter the place. Hiring a cab is recommended if you are not used to very crowded places.- Travelling in daytime is recommended.- Winters might be a bit chilly here, so carry appropriate clothing.- Carry mosquito repellants as well and use bottled water.

10 months ago by Gill Westaway

I have just arrived but I think it is important to point out that alcohol consumption is completely prohibited in Bihar State.

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Holidify's Opinion

  What's Great?

Beautiful historic monuments.

  What's not so Great?

Summers can be harsh. The city is very crowded.

For Whom

Patna is majorly for all the history buffs.


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