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Best Time to Visit Patna

From October through February, is the best time to visit Patna as the weather is fairly pleasant, in turn, giving you the advantage to explore the many wonders of the city. Festivals such as the Rajgir Mahotsav in October and Sonepur Animal Fair in October-November will also provide a glimpse into the city’s culture, making your trip worthwhile. If you don’t mind visiting Patna when spring sets in, you will be able to witness the Patliputra Mahotsav in March.


Reaching Patna Bihar

By Air
Being a capital city, Patna is well connected by airways. Lok Nayak Jayaprakash International Airport, popularly known as Patna Airport, serves as an important transit point for domestic as well as international tourists. Many prominent airlines like Air India, Jet Airways, Indigo, Kingfisher & Go Air operates regular daily flights to the major inbound cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and outbound destinations as well. The airport is located at a distance of 10 km from the main city centre.

By Rail
Patna has its own junction in the eastern railway route, serving as a key rail head for tourists as well as commuters traveling to and from the city. Patna railway station is just 4 km away from the city centre. This junction connects the city to the major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Varanasi and Amritsar etc. It also serves as a major transit point for many express and super fast trains, connecting various parts of India.

By Road
Patna is well connected by an extensive road network system to the major tourist destinations nearby. The national highway 19, 30, 31 83 connect Patna to all the major cities of India. You can either avail the state bus service or go for private operators. There are luxury buses that ply on this route.

Best Time to Visit Patna
From October through February, is the best time to visit Patna as the weather is fairly pleasant, in turn, giving you the advantage to explore the many wonders of the city. Festivals such as the Rajgir Mahotsav in October and Sonepur Animal Fair in October-November will also provide a glimpse into the city’s culture, making your trip worthwhile. If you don’t mind visiting Patna when spring sets in, you will be able to witness the Patliputra Mahotsav in March.


Tourist Attractions in Patna

Gol Ghar : Located to the west of the Gandhi Maidan, the Gol Ghar is the principal landmark of Patna. An imposing beehive-shaped structure, Gol Ghar was constructed by Captain John Garstin, as a state granay following a devastating famine in 1770. Gol Ghar has a foundation of 125 m and a height of 29 m, you can climb at the top of this huge building through the 145 steps of its winding stairway. From the top of the Gol Ghar you get a breathtaking view of the river Ganges and Patna city. 

Patna Museum : Patna Museum also called the Jadu Ghar, was built by the British in 1917 to house the historical artifacts found in the vicinity of the city. Built in the Mughal and Rajpur architectural styles, the Patna Museum has a prized collection of arhaeological finds from different parts of the state of Bihar. Here you can see archaeological items, a 16meters long (200 million years old) fossilized tree, coins, art objects, musical instruments, textiles, thankas, bronze and stone sculptures of the Maurya and Gupta periods, and terracotta images of Hindu and Buddhist artists. You will also see a rare collection of paintings of British period depicting their daily life and objects related the first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad. Other 

Sanjay Gandhi Zoological and Botanical Garden : A must visit place in Patna the zoological and botanical garden park spreads over a several acres of land. Here you can see a variety of faunal and floral species. Some of the popular wildanimals found inside the garden are tigers, lions, elephants, crocodiles, deers and antelopes etc. The garden also has a snake house and a aquarium that will surely amaze you.

Planetarium : Built few years back, the planetarium is a new attraction for the tourists. Everyday many shows are organized here related to celestial movements alternatively in Hindi and English.  

Agam Kuan : Agam Kuan, literally meaning the 'unfathomable well' is one of the major tourist attractions in Patna. Located to the east of Patna, the archaeological remains of the well is said to back to the period of Mauryan Emperor Ashoka. Agam Kuan is 4.5 mts in diameter and well framed from outside. A number of legends are associated with the Agam Kuan, according to one legend Ashok beheaded his 99 brothers and consigned their their heads into this well before he declared himself as the emperor. Visitors use to throw coins in the well for a long time, and the tradition is still going on. 

Jalan Museum : Jalam Museum has been built at the site of the fort of Sher Shah. The museum has a fine collection of jade, Chinese paintings and silver filigree work of the Mughal period.

Khuda Baksh Oriental Library : Situated at the Ashok Raj Path, the library is a perfect destination for book lovers. A very old library, Khuda Baksh Oriental Library has a collection of rare manuscripts including the new books as well. 

Gandhi Maidan : A historic ground, Gandhi Maidan earlier known as the Patna Lawns is located near the banks of the river Ganges. On this ground, the flag raising ceremony on the Indian Independence Day and Republic Day is held by the Chief Minister and the Governor of the state respectively. Gandhi Maidan is also used for commercial use by private parties for conducting events like trade fairs and other similar activities. 

Harmandirji : Harmandirki is a shire of Sikhs, which was built to consecrate the birthplace of Guru Godind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru. In this dome-shaped structure a number of Sikh scriptures and the personal belongings of the guru have been preserved. 

Tourist Attractions Around Patna 

Kumhrar : Situated 5 kms from Patna, Kumhrar is the site of ancient Mauryan capital Pataliputra. Here you will see a number of interesting structures mostly in ruins. 

Bodhgaya : Bodhgaya a town in Gaya district is located at a distance of 96 kms from Patna. The town is noted for being the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Mahabordhi Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the main attraction of Bodhgaya. Apart from this, a number of temples and monasteries are situated in Bodhgaya. 

Rajgir : A famous tourist destination of Bihar, Rajgir is just 107 kms away from Patna. Rajgir has developed as a winter and health resort due it its hot water ponds. It is said the water of ponds contain some medicinal properties that help in the cure of many skin diseases. Rajgir has also been associated with both the historical Buddha and Mahavira. Rope way is the major attraction of Rajgir, other attractions include a number of temples, caves and thrilling peaks.

Nalanda : Nalanda lies about 100 kms south-east of Patna and was a Buddhist centre of learning from 427 CE to 1197 CE. Nalanda is home to ancient University of India and it was one of the first residential universities of the world. 

Shopping in Patna  
If you love shopping during any trip, then Patna is an ideal destination for you. Patna and the nearby region are known all over the country for a rich tradition of handicrafts. Madhubani painting is a famous handicraft of the state of Bihar and mostly practiced by the village women. The school of Madhbani painting represent mythological tales and incorporating figures of local deities and Hindu gods and goddesses as well. When you shop in Patna do not forget to pick some item of Madhubani painting. Over the ages the artisans of Bihar have perfected themselves in the art of stone and bead jewellers, stone pottery etc. these are very popular among the shoppers. Some of the famous artifacts include hand-painted wall hangings, miniatures in paper and leaves and appliqué work on fabric. In addition to these, wooden furniture and leather goods are other must buy in Patna. Maurya Lok Complex, Patna Market, Hathua Market are the most popular markets of Patna where you would be able to check out huge variety of artifacts and other items. Shops of Khadi Gramudyog and Bihar Handloom & Handicrafts Emporium also offers a wide range of Khadi garments. 


    Element GuestLine 
4th floor, Nalini Apartment, 28, Kidwai Puri, Near Surya Clinic, Oppt- Syndicate Bank, Patna 800 001
First Luxurious Guest house in Patna with all rooms in Boutique Designs, based on Service Apartment Concept. Corporate Guest rest assured of having successful meeting availing the facilities of well

Eleven Inn 
 6TH Floor, Ankit Chandradeep Complex, Behind Hotel Samrat International, Bandar Bagicha, DAK Bunglow Road, Patna 800001
This is one of the good budget hotel located on DAK bunglow road. The hotel provides all the basic amenities for a comfortable stay.

    Gargee Grand 
 Plot No. 825, Exhibition Road, Patna 800001
Hotel Gargee Grand welcomes you to a luxurious, stylish and comfortable stay in the heart of the business hub of Patna giving you the ultimate experience in hospitality.

    Heritage Regency 
heritage regency, 1st floor,b-block,white house ,budhmarg,patna-1, Patna
Heritage Regency is one of the prominent guest house engaged in offering effective services to the guests. Customers are provided with a heightened level of luxury, accommodation, dining and ...
    Hotel Fortune Inn
Budhmarg Patna, Nyagma Monastery 
1st Floor Mani Kunj Apartment, Rai jee Gali, Near Oro Dental, Boring Canal Road, Patna 800001
Hotel Fortune Inn is the one of good hotels of Patna to stay. Hotel tries to provide the comfortable and relaxing stay during the guest visits to Patna. 

    Hotel Linkway 
 Capitol Tower, Block-B, Second Floor, Fraser Road , Beside Bihar State Financial Crop Office, Near Vishal Megamart, Patna 800001
Hotel Linkway is situated at the heart of the city at Fraser Road Patna-1. Near by are the famous recreation centre, shopping malls and movie theatre, restaurants and parks. The ...

Hotel Nesh Inn 
 5th Floor, Nalini Apartment, 28-Kidwaipuri, Patna 800001
The Guest house comprising affordable rates with fully furnished A.C. rooms having the unique blend of luxury in a Connoisseurs way which is a self explanatory resembling the nature beauty.
    Hotel Nisa 
 Nizam Manzil, Behind Helious Bhawan, Station Road, Chiraiyatand, Patna 800001
Hotel Nisa is a new entrant in patna in the budget segment. It is located in Nizam Manzil, Behind Helious Bhawan, Station Road. It provides all the basic amenities.

 Hotel Park inn Resort
 Yaduvansh Path, Boaring Rd. Crossing, Behind of Vidhyachal Apartment, Patna 800001
Hotel Park Inn Resort, tucked away in the scenic beauty of Nilgiris, (300 mtr distance from Railway Station & Bus Stand) offers the ultimate in luxury and self indulgence.
    Hotel Park Plaza 
Behind Surya Clinic, IAS Colony, Kidwaipuri, Patna 800001
Hotel Park Plaza is conveniently located at a mere distance from the zoo and less than a kilometer away from the museum. This well-structured hotel in Patna has 14 well-furnished Rooms.

    Hotel Patliputra Ashok 
 Beer Chand Patel Path, Patna 800 001
Hotel Patliputra Ashok, Patna is a unit of the Ashok group of hotels under India Tourism Development Corporation (A govt. of India Undertaking). The hotel is situated in the heart of Patna.

Location : Varanasi / Bodhgaya / Rajgir / Nalanda / Patna
Duration : 2Night 3 Days
Itinerary :

Day 1 :
VARANASI – BODHGAYA (275 kms. / 7-8 hrs.)

Pick up from Varanasi Airport / Railway stn  & Transfer to  Bodhgaya by surface (275 kms. / 7-8 hrs.)
Bodhgaya - one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage centers in the state of Bihar. It was here that Gautama attained enlightenment and became Buddha under the "Bodhi" tree Satabodhi Temple. Overnight at  BODHGAYA
Day 2 :
Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda- Patna (210 km 5- 6 hrs drive time & 2 – 3 hrs sightseeing time )

Proceed to Rajgir. Rajgir is a place of great significance for Buddhists and Janis. Lord Buddha spent 12 years at Rajgir and the first Buddhist council was held here. Sightseeing at Rajgir covers the Shanti Stupa, Hot Springs, Gridhakuta Hill, Bimbisara Jail and other Jain and Buddha monuments. From Rajgir you will be driven to Nalanda (20 km) Nalanda was a great center of learning in ancient time. Nalanda was one of the greatest monastic university of the ancient world. At Nalanda you will visit the Nalanda University Ruins, Archaeological Complex, Nalanda Archaeological Museum, Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall, and Silao. From Nalanda you will head for Patna (90km). Overnight stay at hotel in Patna.
Day 3 :
Patna – Varanasi (261 km – 3 hrs 50 Minutes drive)
Local sightseeing in patna later drive to varanasi & drop at Airport / Railway stn.

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