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Golghar, Patna Overview

Situated in the city of Patna, Golghar is a simple yet charming architecture which is an amalgam of history and natural beauty. It was built in 1786 by Captain John Garstin with the purpose of serving as a storehouse. Incidentally, Golghar was never filled to its maximum capacity as it is believed that due to an engineering fault the doors open inwards only, and if the granary were to be filled all the way, the doors will not open. In addition to being a magnanimous granary, the top of Golghar presents a wonderful panoramic view of the city and the Ganges. Owing to its peaceful location and sublime natural setting, Golghar is one of the many spots in the city which citizens visit to get a respite from the din of the city.

Rising from the midst of a lush green garden, the stupa- shaped structure of Golghar is an inviting sight to behold. It is encircled by a flight of 145 stairs that take you all the way up to the top, from where you can see a bird's eye view of the entire city. The gentle wind blowing over the zenith as you behold the sight of the ancient city that lies ahead of you is a serene experience. In addition to this, you can also arrange for a picnic in the garden that this attraction lies in. In an effort to increase the visitor influx to Golghar, a light and sound show have been introduced here as well. Visit this destination for a quaint day out with friends and family.

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History of Gol Ghar

The purpose behind the construction of Golghar was not tourism at all, rather it was meant to safeguard the population against the disaster of food shortage. After the devastating famine of 1770 which took lives of 10 million people in regions of Bengal, Bihar and modern-day Bangladesh, Warren Hastings, the then Governor-General of India, ordered the construction of this beehive shaped structure for the purpose of storing grains for the British Army. It was conceived and built by Captain John Garstin, an engineer with the East India Company, and has a storage capacity of 140000 tons. The construction of Golghar was completed in 1786 and there has been conscious effort to improve the appearance and maintenance of the same since 2002.

Interior of the Gol Ghar

Built along the lines of a stupa, the beehive-like structure of Golghar stands tall at a height of 29 metres. The edifice stands without any pillars and has a 3.6-metre thick wall at the base. The entire structure is quite simple in design and does not have any embellishment on its surface. A journey of 145 steps along the perimeter of Golghar takes you to the top, where the structure has a hole from which bags of grain could be dropped into the safehouse. 

Laser and Light Show at Golghar

If you wish to learn more about the history of Patna and Golghar, the light and laser show here is just the thing for you. Using an array of colourful laser lights, sounds and illustrations, an attractive show has been made part of this attraction and can be witnessed at 6:15 PM and 7:15 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The tickets for the same are available 30 minutes before the show begins and tickets are priced at INR 30 per person.

How To Reach Golghar

Golghar is situated near the Gandhi Maidan, and you can take an auto rickshaw from Dujra main road to reach this destination. You can also take the bus or hire a cab to reach the same.

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