Bihar Capital City

Lying along the banks of the sacred river Ganga, Patna is one of the oldest cities of India. The capital city of Bihar, Patna is famous for its glorious past and the historical edifices. Patna began its historic journey at Pataliputra in the 5th century BC. In the 3rd century BC it served as the capital city of the Magadh kingdom and the seat of emperor Ashoka.

Patna is the portal to the Buddhist and Jain pilgrim sites in Bihar. The most well known tourist destinations in the capital city are:

  • Golghar: A large beehive shaped edifice, it was built to store grains, after the famine of 1786. 29 meters high, it overlooks the Ganga and Patna city.

  • Museum: It displays metal and stone sculptures from the Maurya and Gupta times, terracotta statuettes and archaeological artifacts from Bihar.

  • The Mahatma Gandhi Setu: Stretching over the river Ganga, it extends for 7.5 kilometers and is one of the longest bridges in the world.

  • Har Mandir: A place of Sikh pilgrimage, this is probably one of the most popular gurudwaras in India. Constructed by Guru Gobind Singh out of white marble, it commemorates his birthplace.

  • Khuda Baksh Oriental Library: A national library having rare Persian and Arabic manuscripts and paintings from Rajput and Mughal periods.

  • Martyrs Memorial: A memorial before the old secretariat, displays seven young men facing the bullets and sacrificing their lives during the Quit India movement.

The Loknayak Jaiprakash International Airport, Patna is linked to all significant Indian cities. The airport is 10 kilometers away from the city center. The railway network is also excellent. Direct trains to important cities of India may be obtained. The capital city is well connected by road. Bus services for locales within the state besides other states may be availed of.

Last Updated on 14 June 2013