Patna is renowned as one of the oldest cities in the world. Graciously situated on the southern banks of the holy River Ganges, this beautiful city is spread over an area of 3202 square kilometers and is surrounded by three other rivers Punpun, Sone and Gandak. The city believed to be the fifth fastest growing city in India. Blessed with such great cultural and historical heritage, the city is rapidly developing as major tourist destination in Bihar. The city offers a close proximity to Bodhgaya, one of the most sacred Buddhist sites where Gautam Buddha attained enlightment, Vaishali, Rajgir and many more. Aprt from this, the city of Patna is also known to be the educational and administrative centre of the Patna District. Check out some of the places you must visit, while on a trip to this historic and culturally and religiously vibrant city.
Tourist Attractions In Patna
Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib or Patna Sahib
Takht Sri Harmandir sahib is situated in the heart of Patna city. It is one of the most sacred pilgrimage centres for Sikh devotees. The Gurudwara was built in the honor of the birthplace of the tenth Guru of Sikhism, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji. It is believed to be one of the five major Takhts of Sikhism and was built by the first king of Singh emperor, Maharaja Ranjit Singh. It has many Sikh scriptures, relics and artifacts with things related to the sacred Guru housed in it. Being situated in Patna, it is popularly known as Takht Sri Patna Sahib.
Hanuman Mandir located in Patna is believed to be one of the holiest temples of Hindu God, Hanuman. Being a famous Hindu shrine, it is visited by thousand of devotee's every day. However, the footfall of devotees is the most on Tuesdays and Saturdays, the days dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
Kumhrar is a very prominent archeological site located in Patna, which provides the clear evidence of Patna being the seat of Mauryan Empire. In it, lie the remains of ancient city of Pataliputra, evidencing its worth by many Mauryan artifacts and pillars. It marks the ancient capital of Ajatshatru, Chandragupta and Ashoka. The relics discovered range from four continuous periods from 600 BC to 600 AD. Kumhrar is an interesting place to dwell upon the history of India.
Padri Ki Haveli
Padri ki Haveli is prestigiously known as St. Mary's Church. Built in the year 1713 by Roman Catholics, it is proud to be the oldest church in Bihar. It was renovated from a small church to an established church in 1773 by a Venetian architect. The main attraction of this magnificent church is the large cathedral bell. It is believed that Mother Teresa got her training here.
Patna Museum is located centrally in the city and is popularly known as the State Museum of Bihar. This magnificent museum was built in the year 1917 by British people during the time of British Raj. It has a fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture and is home to various historical and archeological artifacts found in and nearby the city. The famous terracotta figurine, Didarganj Yakshi and many other prestigious objects are placed here on display.
Indira Gandhi Planetarium
Named after former prime minister of India, the Indira Gandhi Planetarium is one of the largest planetariums in Asia. It is located in Indira Gandhi Science complex, in Patna and was established in 1993. It is just 8 km from Patna airport and half a kilometer from railway station. This planetarium shows films on astronomy and other science projects regularly with scientific exhibitions. Therefore, every year it receives a large number of international as well as domestic visitors.