If history fascinates you, land on your vacation in Patna, the capital of Bihar. Patna wrote old objects all over it. It is the largest city in Bihar and its history goes back 3,000 years. In ancient times the city was known as Pataliputra. And served as the capital of the Magadha Kingdom. The country ruled by different dynasties reflects the influences of different cultures and ways of life. You might want to take a long vacation to enjoy the essence of Patna, one of the first inhabited lands.
Kumrahar is a testament to the cultural excellence of ancient Pataliputra. Located 5 km from Patna, Kumrahar will give you a glimpse into the rich history of Patna. The site now contains archaeological remains of the Moorish palace. Excavations in Kumrahar between 1912 and 1915 led to the lighting of the hall with Maurya columns. Other excavations have discovered more. Pillars and now the place is known as the “Hall of Eighty Pillars”. You could see old ornaments, copper coins, terracotta beads, stone beads, toy cars, utensils and much more. The antiques and photos on the site will give you a glimpse into the culture of the ancient world.
The Patna Museum is located in the city center and will take you back in time. It was built in 1917 and is the oldest museum in the city. Influences of the Mughal and Rajput architectural styles are evident in the construction of the museum. Although the museum has more than 45,000 artifacts due to limited space, a smaller percentage of the possessions are on display. Both floors of the museums are dedicated to galleries, including the Natural History Gallery, Stone Sculpture Gallery, Indian Stone Art Tradition, Orissa Stone Sculpture, Buddha Relic Gallery, and the Picture Gallery. The Patna museum exhibits stone and metal sculptures from the Gupta and Mauryan dynasties. Here is a 200 million year old petrified tree.
The Splendor of the Land Captain John Garstin built Golghar as a barn to store grain in 1786 when the city was ravaged by famine. The architecture is similar to the stupa style. The barn is 125 meters wide and 3.6 meters thick and has steps that lead you. The view from the top is spectacular as you can see the majestic Ganges gushing below. Golghar also prided itself on being the tallest building in Patna at that time. Although the Golghar was built to store grain, it was never used to full capacity.
The Jalan Museum is located near the banks of the Ganges. The extraordinary effect of Diwan Bahadur Radha Krishna Jalan, who was behind its construction and collections. Jalan had acquired part of the Quila Fort, which was fascinated by its location. The building, which was damaged by an earthquake in 1934, has been converted into a beautiful museum. The museum’s collections include nearly 10,000 objects from different parts of the world.
The Patna Planetarium is one of the largest planetariums in India. The planetarium attracts tourists from all over India. Astronomical film shows take place regularly. Also called Indira Gandhi and Taramandal Planetarium. Various exhibitions and seminars take place here.
Nalanda is one of the most popular destinations for tourists from all over the world. Nalanda is one of the first residential universities in the world. It was founded in the 5th century AD. During its heyday it had visiting scholars and students from different parts of the world including Korea, Turkey, Indonesia, China and Persia. Excavations have brought to light some of the wonderful structures here. Many temples and monasteries were built here.