Patna is the largest city in the Indian state of Bihar. It also happens to be among the most ancient cities in the world. Patna is the capital of Bihar and is situated on the banks of the Ganga River. The city was originally known as Pataliputra. It was known as the seat of learning during the Mauryan rule.

Patna over the years has come up as an important trade center in the country. In the year 2009, it ranked as the second best place in India for starting a business by the World Bank.

Patna is also a very famous pilgrimage center in India. It has some of the most sough after Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain pilgrim centers like; Bodhgaya, Rajgir, Nalanda, Vaishali and Pawapuri.


  • Country-India
  • Region Magadha
  • State Bihar
  • Division Patna
  • District(s) Patna
  • Population 5,772,804 (2010[update])
  • Literacy63.82%
  • Male 73.81%
  • Female 52.17%
Official languages Hindi, Magadhi, Maithali, Bhojpuri, English
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Area109.218 km2 (42 sq mi)
Coordinates 25°36'40"N 85°08'38"E

Tourist Attractions in Patna

Below is a list of the popular tourist Attractions in Patna


This is one of the most impressive historical tourist attractions in India. The Kumhrar is an edifice that offers a glimpse of the artifacts and ruins that date back to the Mauryan rule in the city. Some of the exclusive ruins found at the Kumhrar include; a Buddhist monastery, clay figures, a massive pillared assembly hall, parts of Anand Bihar and wooden beams.

Takht Shri Harmandir Saheb
The Takht Shri Harmandir Saheb happens to be the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh. It is one of the most revered religious monuments in Patna. It was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the ruler of Punjab.

The Golghar is another significant tourist spot in Patna. The structure is a beehive shaped store house meant to store grains in times of famine. The Golghar is a 125 meters wide building surrounded by walls that are 3.6 meters thick. If you reach the top of the building you get picturesque views of the city and the beautiful Ganga River.
Patna Museum
It is one of the major tourist attractions in Patna. Also known as Jadu Ghar the Patna Museum is home to an assortment of bronze and stone sculptures and a host of terracotta figures belonging to the ancient Hindu and Buddhist artists in India. The museum also houses the Didarganj Yakshi which is probably one of the finest examples of Mauryan art in the country.

Patna Planetarium
The Patna Planetarium happens to be the largest Planetarium in Asia. It is definitely one of the must visits in the city. There are a number of films shows, and exhibitions on astronomy and science that are held here from time to time. The Patna Planetarium attracts tourist from all parts of the country.

Qila House
The Qila House is among the most prominent tourist spots in Patna. It is also known as Jalan House. The Qila House is a monument that offers a vast collection of interesting jades, Chinese paintings and other works of art that speaks volumes about the rich history of the state.

How to Reach Patna

How to Reach Patna by Air:

Since Patna is the capital of Bihar it shares excellent air connectivity with most of the important Indian cities like, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. There are numerous flights that operate to and from Patna regularly.

How to Reach Patna by Road:

Patna is linked to the major cities in India by an extensive road network. You can reach Patna easily by road via Bodhgaya, Rajgir, Ranchi and Siliguri

How to Reach Patna by Rail

Patna is an important railway junction in the Eastern Railway division in India. There are a number of trains that connect Patna to other major railway stations across India, like Kolkata, Delhi, Varanasi and Siliguri (New Jalpaiguri).

Last Updated on 8/9/2011