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An immensely fertile, arched stretch of land along the banks of river Ganges, the history and cultural heritage of modern day Patna, goes back well over two millenniums. Patna was renamed several times, with every change in the political scenario. Thus, the name of the present day Patna has actually evolved from a series of names like Kusumpura, Pataliputra and Azeemabad.

Patna, Pataliputra, the capital of Bihar, is among the world’s oldest capital cities.

Patna has been the regal seat of governance for successive kingdoms since ancient times.  As each ruler ascended in power and established dynastic glory, he gave his capital a new name.

Thus the ancient Kusumpura metamorphosed through Pushpapura, Pataliputra, Azeemabad and now into Patna, a continuous history ranging from 6th century BC to present times - a record claimed by few cities in the world.

Places to see:

Patna's claim over a thousand years of political glory are justified by the 600 B.C to 600 A.D. archaeological findings in this area. Yet very little of this grandeur remains. The only remnant of those  times is a huge Mauryan hall supported by 80 standstone pillars dating back to 300 B.C.

Har Mandir Takht
Patna was the birth place of the tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh, in 1660. One of the four sacred shrines of the Sikhs, The Har Mandir Takht, stands at this holy site. Maharaja Ranjit Singh built the original temple, which contains belongings of the Guru and Sikh holy texts.

Sher Shah Suri Masjid
Built in 1545 by Sher Shah Suri to commemorate his reign, this mosque is a -tribute to Afghan architectural style and is one of the impressive landmarks of Patna.


Captain John Garstin built this huge granary for the British army, in 1786 alarmed by the famine in 1770. The massive granary is 29 m high, while the walls are 3.6 m wide at the base. The winding stairway around this monument offers an awesome view of the city and the Ganga flowing by.



Martyr's Memorial
Built in the memory of seven freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives in the Quit India Monument of August 1942, this monument is a modern sculpture. It faces the Secretariat, where the Freedom fighters were shot in an attempt to hoist the national flag.

Pathar ki Masjid
Adjacent to Har Mandir Sahib, on the bank of the Ganga, is this beautiful mosque built by Parwez Shah, son of Jehangir, when he was the governor of Bihar.

Sadaqat Ashram
The Ashram is the headquarters of Bihar Vidyapeeth, a national university. There is a small museum showcasing the personal belongings of India's first president Dr. Rajendra Prasad who lived here after his retirement.

Patna Museum
The Patna Museum houses a First World War cannon, metal and stone sculptures of the Mauryan and Gupta periods, Buddhist sculptures and quaint terracotta figures. A 16 m long fossilised tree is one of its special features.

Khuda Baksh Oriental Library
The library has a magnificent one man collection of rare Arabic and Persian manuscripts, Rajput and Mughal paintings and an assortment of old and new books from the University of Cordoba, Spain. It is one of the national libraries in India.

Jalan Museum
Built at the old site of Sher Shah's fort, it boasts of an excellent collection of jade, Chinese paintings, Mughal glass and filigree carvings. Since it is a private collection, prior permission is required for a visit.



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