Patna Tourism

Patna Tourism

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Patna Info

  • State: Bihar
  • Famous for/as: Waterfront
  • Altitude: 53 m
  • Pincode: 800001
  • District: Patna
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 0612
  • Weather: Summer 28 to 40°C, Winter 12 to 33°C

History of Patna

Situated on the Southern banks of the Ganges, Patna, the capital of Bihar, has a rich history behind it. There are other four rivers that join the Ganges in Patna. These are Ghaghara, Gandak, Punpun and Sone. The city is located at an altitude of 53 metres. Patna has one of the world?s longest bridges in the world, the Mahatma Gandhi Setu on the River Ganga. In terms of population, Patna is the second largest city of eastern India.

The history of Patna can be traced back to 493 BC, when a king of the Magadha empire, Ajatashatru, fortified the then called Pataligrama. His son, Udayi continued the dynasty and developed the village into a town and thus, Pataliputra was formed.Later, Pataliputra was ruled by many dynasties, the most important of which is the Mauryan empire, under which was developed. It was also the capital of the Magadha Empire under the Haryanka, Nanda, Gupta, Mauryan, Pala, Sunga and Suri dynasties.Under the reign of the Mauryan dynasty, kings Chandragupta Maurya and Asoka were responsible for turning Patna into an educational and cultural hub. Many foreign travellers including Megasthenes and Fa Hien had visited Pataliputra and had expressed immense praise for the city. Patna is known for its Buddhist remains and is also a sacred place for the Sikh Community, since many of the Sikh Gurus were born here. The Buddha also is said to have passed through Pataliputra during the last part of his life.

People and Culture of Patna

The major tourist attractions of Patna are Khuda Baksh Oriental Library, Patna Museum, Golgarh, the Patna Cemetery, Padri-Ki-Haveli (a church), Har Mandir, Agam Kuan and a host of other structures. Places that are close by include Nalanda, where one of the oldest universities of the world was established.And the best way to explore this historical city is by hiring a taxi. A host of local travel companies can be contacted to rent private taxis. Tourists visiting Patna must visit local bazaars to buy traditional weaves like the locally-made sarees and Madhubani paintings. Travellers must try local delicacies like litti chokha, milk pedas and chaats. Patna is famous mainly for the historical importance and is a holy place for both Buddhists and Sikhs. The people of Patna also combine the neighbouring places of Bhojpur, Mithila, Vujj and Anga. They primarily speak Hindi, Urdu, Bihari, Mithali, Magadhi and English.

Things to Do in Patna

Patna is well connected by rail, road and air. The city has five major railway stations to which there are regular trains from major cities of India. There is also the Loknayak Jayaprakash Airport in the city that is well connected to other cities by international and domestic flights. Road transport is also available from many north Indian cities. The best season to visit the ancient and historical city of Patna is from the month of October to February.

Patna is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Kolkata.

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Dr lakhan manjhi

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  • Dr lakhan manjhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  68 readers

"Patna tour"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Patna is awesome place for holiday. Many historical place, religious places are here to see. Mahavir mandir, Patna zoo, museum etc ...
Every one should travel Patna atleast once. Apart from Patna Rajgir is just 80 km away from Patna, is also very good place to see.
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Prabhu dev

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  • Prabhu dev
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  108 readers

"Beautiful, Clean, foodie city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 14, 2017
It's a clean and beautiful city. Before going to Patna, I had an impression that it is extremely backward and filled with thieves. But, after my visit, I feel it's the best place for food. I especially loved the Kaala Jamoon, spongy rasagolla, Bel juice ... All at throwaway price. Even a safe city in the night ... I loved Patna. Also, Nepal is just a 2hour drive from Patna It doesn't require a passport also ...
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Animesh ganguly

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  • Animesh ganguly
  • 7 Reviews
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"Capital of Bihar"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Feb 24, 2017
It is a dry state and hence do not bring alcohol when you visit. The zoo is beautiful and you see well fewd healthy animals. It is spread over a vast area and hence natures walk along with viewing. The mesuem is beautiful with great collection. The city also has famous hindu temples and Gurudwaras. It has a Buddha garden which is well maintained. The city is crowded with no traffic sense. The other eye sore is the pile of garrabge in the city. Patna is well connected by road and rail. It also has an airport.
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Ashish Shukla

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  • Ashish Shukla
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 67 Reviews
  •  116 helpful votes
  •  38255 readers

"Patna - a city with great future"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 20, 2017
I visited Patna city for a couple of days and found that it is not the same old crime capital of Bihar. When you come out of the railways station, you will find huge hoardings, huge multistorey temple just outside it and metro work going on. Even the rickshaw pullers are praising the govt. For banning liquor. So, way to go Patna city. The roads here are good, but the only problem is traffic. All the city roads are crowded and reminds of Delhi traffic. I didn't get much time to explore the city, but will surely do some other time.
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Umar Faizan

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  • Umar Faizan
  • Lives in Tinsukia
  • 108 photos
  • 15 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  6487 readers


  • 2.0/7
  • Posted Jan 3, 2017
Went to the city for the first time only for 12 hrs the city was well maintained with lots of tall buildings I stopped the auto which I took to purchase some sweets although the sweets were awesome but the auto driver was not sweet behaving rudely he was asking for a sum of hundred rupees which was not worth it, the same thing happened whenever I took an auto everything is good about the city except the autowala who made my journey worst
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  • Rajni
  • 4 Reviews
  •  264 readers

"Bad experience"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted Jan 2, 2017
I stayed in court club hotel there I faced many problem like hotel servants every time demand to money for tip. And hotel management was very bad.
No food was avelible for the customers and AC was not working.
This is very bad.
No value of money
AC was only for summer blwer system was not avelible. And price was same for AC and normal
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Paul Ancheta

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  • Paul Ancheta
  • 3 Reviews
  •  300 readers

"Possibly the Most Chaotic Roads in India"

  • 2.0/7
  • Posted Dec 4, 2016
I visited Patna for the first time a few weeks ago, and stayed there for three days. I thought that the city is perhaps the most chaotic to navigate in India. I've been to Kolkata and Varanasi but these two cities can't match the mess in Patna. The road infrastructure in Bihar's capital city is in place but motorists don't seem to ever know how to use it. The honking is eternal and truly unsettling, even in outskirts where there is less traffic. Half of the street's lanes are used for either pedestrians or parking. On streets where construction debris is left on the pavements, the navigability is worse. The three-lane Bailey Road near Khapura is left to the mercy of trucks and other cargo vehicles, who park on the fast lane. And what's with men urinating on the streets in full view of the public? (They could have at least turned their backs for modesty, to begin with).

I believe Patna is the major entry point for pilgrims and tourists travelling to nearby sacred places, so the massive conglomeration of people and vehicles may have led to such congestion of public motorist space.

Unfortunately, I was unable to experience the food and handicrafts of the city, which friends have told me eagerly about. I'm yet to try the sattu powder I bought from a supermarket in Patna. I'm sure my opinion about the city will change once I sample its food.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 232 Reviews
  •  512 helpful votes
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"A Trip to Patna"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Oct 23, 2016
I had been to Patna by train in the month of August 2016. Patna is a must-visit in the tourism circuit of Bihar. The must-visit attractions around Patna include Patna Museum, Sanjay Gandhi Botanical Gardens and the Patna Planetarium. The Patna Museum is the oldest museum in the city and was constructed in 1917. It has on display over 45000 artefacts. It has a combination of influence of both Maugham and Rajput architecture. A 200-year old fossilised museum can be seen in the Patna Museum. The Sanjay Gandhi Botanical Gardens is more popularly known as the Patna Zoo and was established in 1969 and is spread across 153 acres of land. This is one of the largest zoos in India. The zoo is home to over 100 species of animals with the animal count standing at over 800 in number. The more popular animals that can be seen here are the tiger, lion and hippopotamus. A large range of birds can also be spotted here by bird-watchers. An added attraction here is the boating facility available in the zoo and the romantic and enthralling toy train which is a must-visit for children of all ages. The Patna Planetarium was established in 1993 and regular astronomical shows are held here. This place is also called as Indira Gandhi Planetarium.
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Kundan Tiwari

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  • Kundan Tiwari
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Historic city lost its identity"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Oct 11, 2016
Patna capital of Bihar. A very ancient city. During Maurya Dinesty this city was " Patliputra " capital of Magadh.
Great Shri Gurubovind Singhji was also born at Patna.
This city has a great historic importance but now this city is lost its identity. City is very dirty & no law & order.
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Rohit Kumar

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  • Rohit Kumar
  • 26 Reviews
  •  1850 helpful votes
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"City of glory"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 21, 2016
Patna city is situated in the bank of holy ganga. Its ancient name was patliputra. Patliputra was the center in ancient age. T there are so many brave king ruled in patliputra like ashoka, gupta, m maurya etc. There are so many palaces to see in Patna. That is golghar, taramndal, gandhi maidan etc. There are easily convince available to move into the city. In Patna so many types of food is available like liti choka, samosa, kachori etc. You also called Patna as city of political party .. Byeee friend
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