A city with a glorious past, Patna was the seat of power, culture and the arts for centuries. Today’s Patna, sprawled by the Ganges, is mostly a congested and chaotic state capital, with hints of what used to be. A history buff will be intrigued at what all there is on offer for tourists in Patna and around – slices of history preserved in ancient ruins stand the test of time and wait to be explored. Read on for Skyscanner’s recommendations for places to visit in Patna.
1. Patna Museum
Patna Museum lets you peek into the city’s grand past with its huge collection of stone sculptures from the Mauryan and Gupta periods. It also houses a range of Buddhist statues made in bronze. Take a leap of a few centuries and you will find a gallery full of landscapes as well as an exquisite collection of thangkas or Tibetan paintings on cloth. There is even a casket which is believed to hold the ashes of the Buddha from Vaishali.Find flights to Patna
Constructed as an antidote to famines, this giant dome shaped granary is now used as a viewing platform. Built by the British in the 18th century, the structure has a spiral of 142 steps which take you around and to the top of it. Make the climb to the top of the Golghar for city views and views of the Ganges.
3. Bihar Museum
New and modern, the Bihar Museum has been constructed with the aim of funneling centuries of regional history and culture and showcasing it in a state of the art museum. The displays, with galleries dedicated to history, contemporary art and ethnic groups, also include some exquisite artefacts poached from the older Patna Museum.Find flights to Patna
4. Ruins of Pataliputra
Small museums and a few excavated sights make up what was once the grandest cities of the region. Remains of the ancient capital of Pataliputra, over which now stands modern day Patna, pop up in and around the city. Visit sights like Kumhrar, Bulandi Bagh and Agam Kuan and put your imagination to work if you wish to draw up a likeness of what Ajatasatru, Chandragupta Maurya and Ashoka’s Pataliputra might have looked like.
5. Nalanda, Vaishali, Kesariya
Day trip on your mind? Visit the Buddhist ruins at Vaishali, Kesariya or Nalanda. If there is time just for one out-of-Patna trip, plan to visit the ruins at Nalanda, about 95 kilometres from the city and one of the top tourist places in Patna and around. The sprawling complex includes many temples and monasteries while the museum nearby houses sculptures, coins, seals and inscriptions unearthed from the site.Find flights to Patna
How to reach Patna
Patna is very well connected by air to most parts of India. Patna Airport, also known as Jaiprakash Narayan Airport, is an international airport located 5 kilometres from the city centre. You can get direct flights to the city from major Indian cities while most other cities are connected with flights that make at least one stop.
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