The memories come flooding by once I take my first foot on the The Patna Railway station. The noise, language and accent all confirms to the fact, every city has its own breath. Born and brought up in Patna, now staying in Bangalore.
Patna has been the witness of rise and fall of empires. It is full of places of historical and tourist interests. Patna has been a centre old learning and education.
Patna is the capital of the Indian state of Bihar, and one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. The Buddhist, Hindu and Jain pilgrim centres of Vaishali, Rajgir (or Rajgriha), Nalanda, Bodhgaya and Pawapuri are nearby and Patna is also a sacred city for Sikhs (the tenth and last “human” guru, Guru Gobind Singh, was born here).
Patna is located on the south bank of the Ganges River, called Ganga locally. Patna has a very long riverline, and it is surrounded on three sides by rivers—the Ganga, Sone, and Poonpun (also spelt Punpun). Just to the north of Patna across the river Ganga flows the river Gandak making it a unique place having four largish rivers in its vicinity. It is the largest riverine city in the world. A historical city on the banks of Ganges was nomenclated by princess Sarika, daughter of king Patliputra. The city is approximately 25 km long and 9 km to 10 km wide. The bridge over the river Ganga, named after Mahatma Gandhi, is 5850 m long is said to be the longest single river bridge in the world.
50 place in Patna to visit:
1.Buddha Smriti Park
2.Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park
5.Takhat Shri Harimandirji Patna Sahib
7.Eco Park (Rajdhani Vatika)
9.Patan Devi Temple
10.Pavapuri Jain Temple
12.Gandhi Ghat Near Nit Patna
13.Mahatma Gandhi Setu
15.Srikrishna Science Centre
16.Kali Mandir-Darbhanga House, Patna
20.Har Mandir Takht
21.Gurudwara Handi Sahib
25.SKCON Temple Patna
26.Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Library
28.St Luke’s Church
31.Begu Hajjam’s Mosque
33.Rajendra Smriti Sangrahalaya Museum
34.Gurdwara Handi Sahib
36.St Stephen’s Church
37.Folk Art Museum
38.Sher Shah Suri Masjid
39.ISKCON Patna, Sri Sri Radha Bankebihari Temple
41.Kamaldah Jain Temple
43.Bihar Police Museum
44.Karpoori Thakur Museum
45.College of Arts & Crafts
46.Bihar Institute of Handicrafts and Designs
47.Old Opium Warehouse
48.Movie Theatres (2)
49.Gift & Speciality Shops (3)
50.Vasundhara Metro Mall
These foods are delicious here :
Litti chokha is a local specialty and is extremely popular. Samosa, Kachori, Aalu Kachaalu, Bhooja, Ghughni Choora, Dahi Choora, Jhaal Moodhi are some of the popular local snacks.
Sweets, especially Peda and Kalakand which are preparations of condensed milk are a must try along with Anarsa one of the finest sweet delicacies of Bihar. Tilkut, Khaja, Malpua, Thekua, Gulab Jamun and Bengali sweets like Rasogulla, Chamcham, Cream Chup are other delicacies available in Bihar. Sattu-pani and Lassi are widespread nand popular beverages. Alcohol is also easily available in Patna.