A gateway to pilgrimage sites for Buddhists, Hindus and Jains, Patna teems with cultural and historical attractions. Famous monuments and archaeological sites intermingle with literary venues and folk singers performing traditional Magahi music.
Things to do in Patna
Renowned temples and holy sites in Patna include Mahavir Mandir, which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. You can explore three floors of the temple to view life-size idols of various gods and goddesses and see the Ramsetu Shila stone floating on water. Visit the sweet shop on the ground floor, known for its Neivedyam and ladoos desserts.
Climb a spiralling staircase to the top of the 18th-century domed Golghar granary for impressive views of the Ganges Mountains. Dig deeper into the past at the ruins of Pataliputra, once one of the grandest cities of the ancient world with an 80-pillared hall. At Bihar Museum, you’ll find a blend of past and present with three history galleries and a section devoted to contemporary and ethnic arts.
Take a thrilling Ganges River cruise to experience a variety of attractions on a multi-day trip. On a classic riverboat journey, you can stop at charming local villages and explore elaborate temples, forts, monasteries, museums and royal palaces. Keep your eyes peeled for the Ganges dolphins, classified as the National Aquatic Animal of India.
Small local eateries are your best bet for authentic dining. Tandooris and biryanis top the menu at Bellpepper Restaurant. Book a table at Pind Balluchi for revolving views of the Granges and Gandhi Maidan paired with kebabs and vegetable dishes.
Getting around Patna
Jay Prakash Narayan Airport is three kilometres outside Patna. City buses, bicycles and shared auto rickshaws are the most common ways of getting around.