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"The cradle of Empires"

Patna Tourism

Prospering along the southern banks of river Ganges and set in the backdrop of 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. In addition to being one of the major and most popular tourist destinations in India, this capital city of Bihar also holds significant religious and spiritual importance as it is a gateway to pilgrimage sites of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists.

Originally called as Pataliputra, Patna is currently a hot-bed for the culminating political fortunes. One of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world, it is the quintessential North Indian town  - West of the city lies the area called Bankipur, while towards the southwest is the new area with wide roads and swanky buildings. The cultural heritage of Bihar is reflected in the many monuments housed in Patna, the most famous ones being Patna Sahib Gurudwara, Patna Planetarium, the Highcourt, Golghar, Secretariat Building and Padri ki Haveli among numerous other attractions. Typical of an Indian city, the riverside city of Patna is also known for some palatable dishes - litti chokha being the king of all! 

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Historic Venture

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.

Restaurants and Local Food in Patna

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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Suggested Itinerary

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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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.

How To Reach Patna

Patna is easily accessible by air, road and rail networks and is very well connected to most major cities.

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Q. Which building has the best architecture in Patna?

Kaveesh Nair 1 year ago
The Chhoti Dargah in Maner, 30km from Patna, is what you're looking for. It's truly marvellous.

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himanshu kumar 1 month ago
One of the great place to visit in Patna. Various kind of wild animals, birds and aquatic creature at one place. This place is so large in area that a whole day will be short if you started to see each and every part of this zoo. Now battery operated vehicle is available in zoo on which you can see most of it parts without giving stress to your feet. There is also a toy train on which both, adult as well as children can enjoy together while watching the zoo. Bring your children to make them aware about wild life.
Asif Uzzaman 12 months ago
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.
Kovid Kapoor 1 year ago
- 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.
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