Having served as the capital of the Magadha Empire and Suri Dynasty, the rich history of Patna is undeniably so. One of the oldest continually inhabited places in the world, Patna once served as the centre of fine art and learning during the Mauryan empire. The Patna Museum which stocks over 50,000 antiques is worth a visit, as is Vaishali Stupa, one of the oldest surviving stupas. The proximity of Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh pilgrimage centres in Vaishali, Nalanda, Rajgir and Pawanpuri add the dimension of religious significance to Patna. The Holy Ganges too flows through Patna, providing the opportunity of relaxing, long boat rides in evenings. The Chhath Festival, celebrated here for 6 days post Diwali, sees Hindu devotees thank the Sun God for sustaining life on earth. Must buy: Madhubani Paintings, a traditional style of painting.
Patna is famous for its rich food and culture. When here don’t forget to try the famous bhel puri at Khaitan Market. Also, there are many truck dhabas at Maurya Complex for foodies who love street food. There’s a new P&M Mall that has a gaming parlour and other branded outlets for shopaholics to have a great shopping experience. With the strict law and order in place, Patna has become quite safe for tourists to travel here. Infact they can roam around the city in the late hours without worrying about anything. Even the public transport is easily available for travellers to be able to commute without any hassles.
Not to forget are the one month long famous Sonepur Mela--the largest animal fair in the world. Many of you won’t know that the festival of Teej is also celebrated here with much fervour and joy!