Patna

Originally called as Pataliputra, Patna is situated on southern banks of river Ganges.

Updated: March 29, 2019

Originally called as Pataliputra, Patna is situated on southern banks of river Ganges. Its plethora of artefacts, monuments and grand architectural heritage has made it one of the major and most popular tourist destinations in India.
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. It played a major role in Indian culture and even today has great historical and religious significance. It is close to nearby religious centres of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and the Buddhists like Bodh Gaya, Vaishali, Nalanda and Pawapuri. As Patna is the birthplace of the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, it is an important pilgrimage for Sikhs.
The major attraction of Patna are Golghar, Gandhi Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi Setu, Patna Sahib Gurudwara, Biskoman Bhawan, Gandhi Maidan, Srikrishna Science Centre, Patna Museum and many more.
Golghar is a building in the shape of a beehive that originally served the purpose of a storehouse. It was built in 1786 by Captain John Garstin and provides a panoramic view of the entire city along with the River Ganga. 
A boat ride near Gandhi Ghat in River Ganga is a must do activity. It could be mesmerizing in the months of October-March with its serene and captivating surroundings.
Mahatma Gandhi Setu is a bridge over the river Ganges connecting Patna in the south to Hajipur in the north of Bihar. Its length is 5,575 metres and it is one of the longest river bridges in India.
Patna Sahib Gurudwara was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in remembrance of Guru Gobind Singh Ji as Patna being his birthplace. He was the 10th and the last Guru of Sikhs.
It is also among one of the 5 takhtas or holy seats of authority of the Sikhs.
Biskoman Bhawan has a revolving restaurant which is the biggest in the country in its 18th floor. The restaurant takes one revolution in 45, 60 or 90 minutes with the support of the German techniques.
The Gandhi Maidan Park, located in the capital city of Patna on the banks of the river Ganges, is a famous historical venue spanning an area of about 60 acres.
Formerly known as Patna Lawns, the grounds house the tallest statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the world. The staue is a bronze figurine that rises to over 70 feet that makes it a prominent landmark and place of the attraction of the city.
Srikrishna Science Centre has a collection of wonderful exhibits to demonstrate various principles of science. It is very popular especially among the kids and offers a good educational tour.
The Patna Museum, locally known as the Jadu Ghar is a very popular museum, storing more than 50,000 rare art objects, including Indian artefacts from the ancient, middle ages and the British colonial era.

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