Patna Tourism

Patna being the capital of Bihar is the heart of all activities in the state. It is situated on the banks of river ganga. One of the oldest inhabited place in the world, it is the connecting link between all major tourist and religious destinations. It is well-connected to all other cities and places in the state through rail and roadways. Today’s Patna enchants countless visitors almost every day. Of notable value are the places in this city that engage visitors to read between the lines for insights about its past. The places to visit in Patna can be subdivided in three main categories. These subcategories are as follows and make the visitors understand the true worth of this historic city.

Best Time to Visit Patna

Patna experiences a sub-tropical climate, hot summer from March to June and temperatures soar upto 45°C, Monsoon lasts from June to September and Patna experiences heavy rainfall during this time. Winters are mild, although cold spell covers Patna from Mid December to Mid January, Hence it is advisable not to visit during this time. The best time to visit Patna is October to December and Mid January to Feb is pleasant for tourists.

Helplines and Important Contact Numbers

Patna in BiharBihar State Tourism Development Corporation
(A Govt.of Bihar Undertaking)
Address: Bir Chand Patel Path,
Patna. PIN-800 001.
Bihar. India.
Phone: +91-612-2225411,
Fax: +91-612-2506218.
Email: bihartourism.bstdc@gmail.com
Website: http://bstdc.bih.nic.in/
Toll Free Numbers: 1800-3456-112,+916122506048,+916122506075,+91-8544418305

Religious Destinations in Patna

Patna is well known for number of religious sites. It is one of the most sacred cities for people of all religions including followers of Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Islam. From the Patna Sahib Gurdawara to Sher Shah Suri Masjid, Mahavir Mandi and St Mary's Church you can find all.

Padri Ki Haveli

Patna Tourism

One of the oldest churches in capital city Patna, Padri ki Haveli was built in the year 1772. It has the distinction of oldest of all the churches built in Bihar state. It is a seventy feet length and forty feet wide building whose height is fifty feet. The then Venetian architect from Calcutta had designed this magnificent monument. Today it has emerged into one of the prime tourist attractions in Patna city.

Takth Sri Patna Sahib

The followers of Sikhism religion from around the world visit Patna that is one of the holiest sites due to the presence of Takht Shri Patna Sahib Gurudwara. It is the birthplace of 10th Guru of Sikhism religion, Guru Gobind Singh who took birth here 1666. He moved to Anandpur later but spent his early childhood years in Patna. Other Gurus namely Guru Nanak and Guru Tegh Bahadur used to visit Patna in 1509 in 1666 respectively. It is located in the north-eastern part of Patna and is a sacred place for the Sikhs. It is one of the pilgrimage destination of Patna. Some of the relics of the tenth guru are also preserved in the Takht Sri Patna Sahib.

Patthar ki Masjid

Patthar ki Masjid is one of the few Muslim pilgrimage centers in the city. Located on the Ganges River banks, this mosque was built by Mughal King Jahangir’s son Parvez Shah in the year 1621 by using only stones. The mosque was therefore named Pathar Ki Masjid due to its unique architecture. Other places of importance for Muslims in Patna include Afghan styled architecture of Sher Shah Suri Masjid or Shershahi mosque built by Sher Shah Suri in 1540-1545 and famous Maner Sharif Dargah where eminent pir Makhdum Daulat died in 1608.

Begu Hajjam Mosque

Having distinction of oldest of all mosques in Patna city, Begu Hajjam Mosque was built in the year 1510 by Khan Muazzam Nazir Khan when this region was under the rule of Alauddin Shah Sultan of Gaur. The walls of this mosque provide thorough details about its construction that have been meticulously inscribed on its walls. The uniqueness about the name of this mosque is that it hasn’t been named after its founder but instead it is named after its renovator namely Begu Hajjam who is said to renovate it in 1645. Glazed tiles had been used to build this mosque that make it unique and highly appealing. Its richly decorated ornamented structure appeals all irrespective of religious faith. Visitors can come here during Muslim festivals to enjoy wonderful time in and around the mosque premises. This mosque is a living witness of the glorious past of the region and so does it portray Patna’s religious diversity.

Mahavir Mandir

Mahavir Mandir in is one of the most visited Hindu temples in Patna. Dedicated to Lord Hanuman, famous Mahavir Mandir of Patna is holiest of the selected temples in the country. Countless devotees visit this temple as pilgrims throughout the year. With an identity of a famous religious shrine, this temple distinguishes as 2nd most-visited North Indian religious shrines after Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu & Kashmir.

Patan Devi Temple

Considered one of the 51 Indian Siddha Shakti Pithas the famous Patan Devi Temple maintains its identity of sacred temple in the region. It is believed that this was the location where the right thigh Sati corpse had fallen the moment Lord Vishnu chopped off through using Sudarshan Chakra hence it remains an abode to the Goddess Durga. This temple remained Maa Sarvanand Kari Patneshwari in ancient era until it was renamed. Kali Mandir and Birla Mandir in Patna are two more famous Hindu pilgrimage centers in Patna that seek attention of large number of devotees for the whole year.

Archaeological Sites in Patna

A visit to historic monuments and archeological sites in Patna reverberate the past glory of this region. Such sites speaks volumes about its past. Most of those sites including museums describe enriched history of Patna spanning 2600 years. While on a visit to Patna, explore places like Golghar, Gandhi Maidan, Buddha Smriti Park, Saheed Smarak, Patna Museum to get a glimpse of an era gone by.

Golghar

Tourist spots in Patna

Golghar is the center of attraction in Patna city. Built a round house the Golghar or Gol Ghar of Patna is landmark in this city of Bihar. It was built by British Captain John Garstin in the year 1786 with an aim to store foodstuff. Located nearby Gandhi Maidan in its western side, Golghar is one of the most visited architectural sites today. There are strairs winding to the top which gives a grand view of Patna as well river Ganges. It is one of the integral part of the history of Patna and this monument stands witness to the bygone era.

Kumhrar

It is one of the rare archaeological remains belonging to Mauryan Empire (322–185BCE). These ruins had been discovered in dilapidated condition and are restored for the visitors to learn the centuries of rich culture. The hypostyle 80-pillared hall dates back to 600BC. Kumhrar park is located 5 kms east of patna railway station. The ruins remind of various historic artifacts of Mauryan art and culture.

Agam Kuan

Famously known as ‘Unfathomable Well’, Agam Kuan belongs to ancient period. of history. It is said that this well exists since Mauryan Emperor Ashoka’s period which is still located east in Patna city. Many belief that it is the same well in which Emperor Ashoka threw his ninty nine brother to obtain the throne of the empire.

Patna Museum

Famous attractions in PatnaPatna Museum has a huge collection of artifacts belonging to the ancient times. It houses a first world war cannon. The museum was built by Britishers in 1917. Its collections include large number of historical artifacts that seek the attention of history lovers.

Naghol Kothi

Built by the British rulers under the supervision of one of the Mughal architects, Naghol Kothi is one of the palaces which British Raj built. It is one of the center of attractions these days as an splendid example of Mughal architecture that surrounds by beautiful garden and looks amazing.

Qila House

Patna’s Qila House is an important location to explore the state capital with an aim to learn the golden past of the region. It has rich private collection of Mughal and Chinese porcelain jade, silver filigree works and paintings. Developed inside the Sher Shah Fort this museum has wide collection of artifacts items.Qila House is wonderful museum to explore in Patna. It portrays several rich collections of items that define the golden era of Bihar. Visitors feel as if they taste the glorious past of this region due to its well preserved and maintained items. The Jalan Museum inside Qila House must be visited after prior permission. Handicraft items and Mithila painting collections are worth seeing here.

Other Famous Sites in Patna

Besides ancient and modern historic monuments and religious places Patna also has several places of general interest. The city remains into limelight with many places of adventure and fun that seek the attention of visitors. Places like Bulandibag and Bhikhnapahari are worth visiting for such fun moments. Operated by the Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) the famous air-conditioned floating restaurant MV Ganga Vihar on the Ganges River banks at the Gandhi Ghat is worth visiting for those willing to spend quality time. It facilitates twice a day dinner cruises that remain center of attraction.

Funtasia Water Park

Funtasia Water Park offers you amazing retreat during vacations. Its a place to enjoy whole lot of watersports activities. Famous key attractions are adventure water-sports like slides and water playgrounds amongst other. It maintains distinction of first of its kind in Bihar state which is managed and administered by Takshila Seas & Resorts Private Limited to facilitate fun and enjoyment to the tourists. Funtasia Water Park is located on the bypass road in the outskirts of Patna city at a distance of 9 km and 16 km from the Patna Junction and Patna Airport respectively. Some of the notable attractions of this water theme park include water sliding activities; wave pools; swimming pools; kids water slides; two kids wave pool and last but not the least a multi cuisine restaurant besides various coffee shops, souvenir's shop and a banquet hall to offer thorough entertainment option to the visitors.

Amusement park in Patna

Gandhi Setu and River Ghats

Gandhi Setu is an attraction of sorts in Patna where visitors keep flocking. Ganges Ghats of Patna have been renovated in the last couple of years to turn those major attractions in the city for tourists that arrive every day. Such Ghats facilitates motor boats service on rent. Tourists remain excited for a look of Ganges dolphins which they often spot. Mahatma Gandhi Setu constructed on Ganges River is one of the few attractions as world’s one of the longest bridges at Gaighat where tourists often go and spend time. The bridge with its 5450 meters length maintained distinction of longest of few bridges worldwide.

Patna Planetarium

Patna city owns its famous Infotainment Complex namely Patna Planetarium that maintains the distinction of being largest of Asian planetariums that had been dedicated to the nation on April 1, 1993. It attracts large number of visitors today. Also known as Indira Gandhi Planetarium it films documentary shows on subjects related to astronomy regularly. Apart from that, the Indira Gandhi Science Complex holds various exhibitions and seminar which are quite popular among the visitors. The planetarium has a large dome shaped projection screen. The visitors have to look up, as in gazing at the sky to see the films. It simulates the experience of watching the night sky. The short movies/ documentaries combined with the state of art sound system makes this quite an impressive experience for the visitors. The Sky theatre has a capacity of 276 seats.

Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udyan

Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik UdyanSanjay Gandhi Biological Park, popularly known as 'Patna Zoo' is home to more than 100 species of animals and 300 species of trees, Plants and shrubs. It is one of the most popular hangout of Patnaites and everyone who visits Patna. This park was set up in 1969 and since 1973 it has been declared as a biological Park. There is a lake inside the park with boating facility, you can also rent a bicycle to visit the entire zoo. The Park also has a toy-train which covers the major attractions of the Zoo in a distance of 4.26kms. There is a house atop a tree which is one of the attractions of the park.

Sadaqat Ashram

The headquarters of National University of Bihar Vidyapeeth today, the famous Sadaqat Ashram once served as residence of country’s first president Dr. Rajendra Prasad who spent his life’s last few days at this place after his superannuation. A small museum that Sadaqat Ashram houses has many rare collections of the personal belongings of first president. Located on the banks of Ganges River, the beautiful bungalow of Sadaqat Ashram seeks the attention of too many tourists throughout the year.

Sinha Library

Established in the year 1924, Sinha Library of Patna is also denoted with Srimati Radhika Sinha Institute Library. It had been built by Dr. Sachidananda Sinha in the memory of his wife Srimati Radhika Devi. A portion of the house was turned into library then. Today this library has huge collection of books on literature, biography, sociology, history, philosophy and other themes and maintains its reputation of being region’s largest library.

Darbhanga House, Patna

Built by the Maharaja of Darbhanga, Sir Kameshwar Singh famous Darbhanga House is worth visiting in Patna. This beautiful building on the banks of Ganges River is also known as Nav Lakha Building.

Gandhi Maidan

Earlier known as Patna Lawn, Gandhi Maidan is located near the banks of Ganges River, this historic ground is named after great freedom fighter and visionary leader of India, Mahatma Gandhi. It symbolizes Bihar’s contribution in country’s freedom movement. This was the place where several towering leaders addressed the nation. Leaders like Rajendra Prasad, Nehru, Anugrah Narayan Sinha et al would organize meetings here for country’s freedom strategy. Later one other luminaries like Sri Dr. Krishna Sinha, Jayaprakash Narayan and many more have addressed the masses. People of Patna visit here in morning and evenings for walks. Buddha Stupa of 200 feet high in the midst of the maidan appeals everybody.

Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Library

Famous places to visit in Patna

Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Library in Patna is one of the few national libraries of India that houses huge collection of more than 18000 rare Persian, Urdu and Arabic manuscripts. The library has preserved over 2000 Rajput and Mughal paintings. Its collection of books represent many genre. Other notable collections of this library include 850 audio and 550 video tapes on several eminent personalities. Wide collection of letters from eminent personalities preserved in this library make it a must visit place in the state capital. Khuda Baksh Oriental Library is located at the banks of Ganges River. Maulavi Khuda Baksh Khan had opened this library for public in 1891 and since then it was named after him. During its early stage of the establishment it housed 4000 personal manuscripts of Khuda Baksh out of that 1400 represented those from his father Maulvi Muhammad Baksh. This library was made to become an institute of national importance in 1969 due to its valuable collections o historical and intellectual value.

Moin-ul-Haq Stadium

With its distinction of largest in Bihar state capital Patna based Moin-ul-Haq Stadium is great place to be. It houses a swimming pool and cricket academy besides facilitating various other sports activities. Named after sportsperson Moin-ul-Haque, it has identity of one of the few selected cricket stadiums in the country. Its big size makes this stadium second largest cricket stadium after Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. This stadium hosts club leagues and Ranji Trophy matches besides selected international matches on regular intervals. Built in the year 1969-1970, Moin-ul-Haque Stadium in Patna has space to easily accommodate approximately 25,000 spectators at one time. It also houses a Club House. Other attractions of sorts for sports lovers are Patna Golf Club; South Bihar Gymkhana Club; Patliputra Sports Complex and Patna Indoor Stadium amongst others that showcase region’s interest in sports activities. Some more clubs in Patna that remain center of attraction are Bankipore Club, Golf Club, New Patna Club, Lions Club and Rotary Club et al.

Other attractions in Bihar’s capital city Patna include architecturally rich Bihar State Secretariat Building and sprawling Patna High Court Building amongst others. The city has countless such attractions in the category of religious, historic and general categories. Tourists feel enlivened when they explore them to understand the past glory of world’s oldest civilization in modern Patna city.

How to Reach Patna ?

Patna Airport (PAT) popularly known as the Lok Nayak Jayprakash Narayan Airport is centrally located in the city and is easily approachable from all areas of Patna. It connects Patna with all major cities and has direct flights to Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow and Ranchi. There are number of indirect flights as well that travel to cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa etc. It is very easy to reach Patna by flight from any major city in India. As for rail conncetivity then the city is connected through Patna Railway Station (PNBE) which serves the capital city and the district. Patna Junction is a major railway junction of the east-central railway and lies in the Delhi- Kolkata route which is one of the busiest rail route in India. Patna is connected with nearly entire India with rail network. Tourists have many options when it comes to choosing trains as well as routes. Patna has six railway junctions including Patna Junction, Rajendra Nagar Terminal, Patliputra Terminal, Danapur Terminal, Gulzarbagh Station and Patna Sahib Station. Patna has good road connectivity with the rest of the state and a number of national highways also pass through Patna connecting it to the rest of India. There is a regular bus service available for Kolkata, Rajgir, Nalanda, Ranchi, Gaya-Bodhgaya etc.

Where to Stay in Patna ?

Patna being the capital city of Bihar, is the hub of all activities and there is no dearth of options for tourists. There are plenty of good hotels to choose from on the basis of your budget, convenience and amenities that they provide. Rooms are easily available and they promise great hospitality to their customers. If you are planning to visit Patna, book rooms for yourself in advance to enjoy the hassle free experience. There is a hotel for every budget and every need, whether you are on a vacation or a business trip.

Kautilya Vihar (Tourist Bungalow of Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation),
Beer Chand Patel Path,
Patna-800001.
Phone: 91-0612-2225411, 2210219, 2210242

Hotel Windsor
Address: Opposite LUV KUSH Apartment, Near Exhibition Road Chauraha , Patna, Bihar, India, 800001
Phone:0612 220 3250
Website: www.hotelwindsorpatna.com

Samrat International

Address: Fraser Road, Fraser Road Area, Patna, Bihar 800001
Phone:0612 222 0560
Website: www.hotelsamrat.org

Hotel Maurya
Address: South Gandhi Maidan, Nawal Kishor Road, Old Jakkanpur, Raja Ji Salai, Indira Nagar Patna, Bihar , India, 800001
Phone:0612 220 3040
Website: www.maurya.com

Hotel Patliputra Ashok
Address: Near Income Tax Golumber, Beerchand Patel Path, Patna, Bihar 800001
Phone:0612 250 5270
Website: www.ashokpatna.com

Hotel Gargee Grand
Address: 825, Exhibition Road, Exhibition Road, Patna - 800001 View Map
Phone: +(91)-9771497913, 9771497906, +(91)-612-2500535, 2500536, 2500537, 2500538
Website: www.gargeegrand.com

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Where to Shop in Patna ?

If you love shopping and have the habit of picking souvenirs from your travels then you are sure to enjoy your shopping outing in Patna. There are several traditional bazaar such as Patna Market, Hathwa Market where you can pick up traditional attire and local handicrafts in these markets. One of the oldest and popular market in Patna is the Mauryalok Complex where one can find Madhubani Art shops and other local handloom emporiums. Madhubani Paintings are native to Bihar and they can be found at Bihar Emporium at Dak Bungalow Road.

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Transportation in Patna

Patna offers plenty of transport facilities that helps you reach any part of Patna. The most convenient and lifelines of the city are the auto-rickshaws, most people depend on them to commute on a daily basis. you can hire a cab to move around the city at your own will, there is also an option of pre-paid taxis. For commuting shorter distances, you can also hire cycle-rickshaws which can ferry you to your destination at a meagre amount. Patna is well connected by buses to nearest tourist destination and they have good network with daily bus service. There are AC buses from Patna to Rajgir, Vaishali and Bodh Gaya.

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    Kali Das from Burnpur 1671 Days ago

    As Golghar was built to store food, i want to know that what is in Golghar now. It is blank or still foods are kept ?

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    Sandhyafrom Patna 1630 Days ago

    no, Now the building serves as a picnic and site seeing spot only.

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    patnaonline.in Expertfrom 1351 Days ago

    Hi! Now days it is used for number of purposes from storing food grains to other items of use.

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