Patna, known as Patliputa, was the capital of Magadh empire in the ancient times. Located on the southern bank of the river Ganges, Patna is the 5th fastest growing city of India and 21st fastest growing city in the world. Blessed with excellent agro-climatic resources, it has long been one of the most important agricultural hubs of India, and now with the improvement in law and order; it is emerging as a potential commercial and business center. Having gone through many eras like Vedic and Medieval, and having been ruled by many empires like Mauryan, Guptas, Mughal and the British; the city touts itself as nothing less than a shrine, and rightly so, for it is a land that has long been an integral part of India’s history with a mention in the Vedas and Puranas. Patna is considered a sacred city by the Sikhs and Buddhists as Guru Gobind Singh was born here and Lord Buddha passed through here in the later part of his life, predicting many great things to come for the city. The heartiness of the locals deep rooted in traditions and scrumptious local cuisines give you another reason to pay Patna a visit.
Bihar is derived from the word “Vihara” meaning “Monastry”, and the city of Patna fulfils its meaning in every sense. Patna is the probably only place, which has played host to the every culture’s background and the tourist attractions of which are in historical and religious totality. The Har Mandir Takht Gurudwara is one of the five scared Sikh Shrines, contains belongings of Guru Gobind Singh and Holy texts of Sikhism. The Sher Shah Suri Masjid built in afghan architectural style in the year 1545 is one of the beautiful mosques in the whole of Bihar. The ancient ruins of the Kumhrar and Agam Kuan still feel fresh from the Mauryan reign. Many other attractions like Gandhi Setu, Patna Museum, Golghar, Martyr’s Memorial, Zoo and Botanical Garden, and the Khuda Baksha Oriental Library boasting of ancient manuscripts and paintings puts Patna on the list of must visit places. To those who’ve already planned on visiting Patna soon – good news is that there are numerous hotels in Patna wherein you can reside. Each of them promises to make your trip a memorable one. If you’re looking for luxurious stay at star rated hotels, book yourself a room at Hotel Maurya Patna or Hotel Chanakya. But if you’re on a budget, Hotel Republic and Hotel Windsor can provide you with excellent value for money services.