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Flights from Patna

Patna Airport, otherwise known as Jaiprakash Narayan Airport, lies in one of India's most populous states, Bihar. Patna airport is well connected with the Indian cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow and Ranchi. It has been gazetted a restricted international airport by the Airports Authority of India, the agency responsible for the airport, with customs facilities to receive international chartered flights.

The airport is located five kilometres away from downtown Patna. According to the statistics released by the Airports Authority of India, it is the 20th busiest airport in India and domestic traffic is growing rapidly. Indian Airlines is the major airline company operating at this airport.

Patna Airport is 5km from the Patna railway station and 7km from the bus station. Taxis, buses, autorickshaws and private cars for hire are a few options for travelling from the city centre to the airport. Hiring a taxi would be the most convenient way of getting there, especially if you have luggage.

Where to go from Patna

From Jaiprakash Narayan Airport, take a flight to Ranchi to see the Hundru falls. A famous picnic spot, the falls are situated 45km from the city of Ranchi. Ranchi has been called the land of lakes and waterfalls. However, besides waterfalls, Ranchi is also home to several wildlife sanctuaries. The Betla National Park spread over an area of 250 sq km houses tigers, wild boar, bison, langur and blue bulls. At Hazaribagh National Park, watch out for spotted deer and panthers.

For a dose of culture, visit Kolkata. Here you can walk through the family mansion of India’s greatest modern poet Rabindranath Tagore. Even if Tagore’s personal memorabilia are of no interest to you, some of the well-chosen quotations put up around the house might spark your interest in his philosophy. Visit the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve, said to contain the largest concentration of tigers on this planet, to get close to wildlife. You can also join in a half-hour group meditation or learn the rudiments of a Kathak dance at the Aurobindo Bhawan.

If you are visiting Delhi, drop in at The Garden of Five Senses, a 20-acre site located at Said-Ul-Azaib village. The garden is divided into distinct areas, including Colour Gardens and Kash Bagh, a formal garden patterned along the lines of a Mughal garden. Also visit Qutab Minar, said to be one of the finest monuments not just in India but also the world. Admire the architectural splendour of this tower, ornamented by bands of inscriptions and four projecting balconies supported by elaborately decorated brackets. The Bahai temple, east of Nehru Place, is a sight to behold as well. Built in the shape of a lotus flower in pure white marble, it is the last of seven major Bahai temples built around the world. The architect Furiburz Sabha chose the lotus as it is a symbol common to four faiths: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Stroll through the lush, landscaped gardens, especially at dusk, when the nine pools of water around the blooming petals are lit up.

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