I decided to spend my term break in the city of Patna. As I read about the history of the city, I found, it was Ajatshatru the Magadha king who first built a small fort in Pataligram on the bank of the Ganga in 6th century BC, which later blossomed into the ancient glory still to be seen in the neighbouring archaeological sites at Kumrahar.
Bhiknapahari, Agamkuan, Bulandi Bagh and Kankar Bagh. Pataliputra dominated the political fortunes of the whole of north India between 6th century BC and 5th century AD, a fact established by archaeological excavations. After the decline of the Mughals, the British too found Patna a convenient regional capital and built a modern extension to this ancient city and called it Bankipore. Patna flaunts immense historical significance and was the center of art and culture during the ancient times.
We made a trip to Gandhi Sangrahalaya, where in 1958 the Central Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya Samiti, constituted by the Nidhi in 1955, decided to setup a Gandhi Sangrahalaya in Bihar. The task of search for a suitable location was entrusted to the Bihar Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya Samiti by the Govt. of Bihar and finally the present site was located and on 9th November 1967, the present complex was handed over to the Samiti for setting up the Sangrahalaya.
We also visited the Hanuman Mandir – This is one of the most revered temples of Patna and is located right in front of the Patna Junction.
Our next stop was Golghar that was built by Captain John Garstin after famine in 1770. It is a beehive shaped granary that was built for storing grains to be used during the times of famine. The foundation of the building is 125 meters in width and the walls are 3.6 meters thick. There are stairs outside of the building to reach the top. The Patna Planetarium is one of the most indispensable things to watch in Patna and is also the largest Planetarium in Asia. Each year it is frequented by innumerable domestic as well as foreign tourists. Regular film shows are conducted on the subjects relating to astronomy and exhibitions are also conducted here.
We had a really enjoyable stay in this city which is so important historically and has many stories to tell.
You can reach Patna in the following ways:
By Air: Indian Airlines and other private airlines connect Patna with Delhi, Calcutta, Varanasi, Guwahati and several other Indian cities and Kathmandu.
By Rail: Patna is strategically located in the main line of the Eastern Railway and therefore connected with Delhi, Calcutta and other important cities of India and most cities within Bihar.
By Road: Located on the National Highway No 30, Patna is well connected to other cities of the country including those within the state.