Originally known as Pataliputra and renamed as Azimabad during the Mughal rule, the modern-day Patna is the capital city of Bihar state. Lying along the picturesque south bank of the river Ganges, Patna is one of the oldest cities in the country. Dating back to the 5th century BCE, the ancient Pataliputra was founded by the king of Magadha, Ajathashatru.
The beauty of the city of Patna is defined by its wide roads, new buildings, and tenebrous squares. The rich historical and colorful cultural heritage of the city adds to its never-ending charm. The glorious stories of the past, the rich fertile lands, the revered learning centers, and age-old spiritual sites, make Patna an interesting tourist destination.
Location: The serene city of Patna is located around 470 KM northwest of Kolkata
- The city was founded in the fifth century BCE by Ajatshatru, the King of Magadha.
- The city of “Pataliputra” was a center of learning and then became the capital city of the Gupta Dynasty.
- The city was deserted around the 7th Century BCE when the dynasty declined.
- Being re-founded around 1541 by an Afghan Ruler, the city again rose to prosperity under the Mughal Rule.
Places to Visit:
Patna is home to a myriad of famed historical monuments, including Golghar
, the Patna Museum
, Jalan Museum and the Ruins of Pataliputra.
This ever growing city also boasts many spiritually significant places, including the Patna Sahib Gurudwara
, Mahavir Mandir.
- While you are in Patna, you can spend time taking historical and cultural tours through the heritage sites.
- You can also take pilgrimage tours through the various spiritual sites significant to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.
The city also lets you take local food tours
and try authentic Bihari delicacies, including Litti Chokha, Dal Peda, Kesar Peda, and Gujia.
Best Time to Visit:
You can experience the best weather in Patna, if you visit the city during the winter season, between the months of October and March. During this time of the year, the city experiences cool and pleasant weather, which is suitable for sightseeing.