Alarmed by the famine of 1770, captain John Garstin built
this huge granary for the British army in 1786. The massive structure
is 29 m high and the walls are 3.6 m wide at the base. The
winding stairway around this monument offers a brilliant
panoramic view of the city and the Ganga flowing by. Golghar
is one of the most outstanding architectural members of the
British India. It, in away, symbolizes the identity of Patna.
It is build close to the Ganga in Bankipur locality of Patna.
The purpose of this huge circular structure with an imposing
dome was to store grains in huge quantity.
Memorial: A memorial to seven freedom
fighters who sacrificed their lives in the
the Quit India
Movement of August 1942, the Martyr's Memorial is a modern
sculpture facing the Secretariat, where they were shot in
their attempt to host the national flag.
Mandir Takht: Guru Gobind Singh, the
tenth Guru of the Sikhs, was born in 1660 in Patna. The Har
Mandir Takht, one of the
four sacred shrines of the Sikhs, stands at this holy site. The original temple was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh, and
contains belongings of the Guru and Sikh holy texts.
The Patna Museum houses a First
World War cannon, metal and stone sculptures of the Mauryan
and Gupta periods, Buddhist sculptures and quaint terracotta
figures. A 16 m long fossilised tree is one of its special
ki Masjid: Adjacent to Har Mandir
Sahib, on the bank of the Ganga, is this beautiful mosque
built by Parwez Shah, son of Jehangir, when he was the
governor of Bihar. It is also called Saif Khan's mosque,
Chimmi Ghat mosque and Sangi Masjid.
Sher Shah Suri Masjid: Sher
Shah Suri built this mosque in 1545 to commemorate his
reign. Built in the Afghan architectural style, it is one of
the many beautiful mosques in Bihar, and one of the
impressive landmarks of Patna.
Baksh Oriental Library: Founded in
1900, a magnificent one man collection of rare Arabic and
Persian manuscripts, Rajput
and Mughal paintings, oddities like the Koran inscribed in a
book only 25mm wide and an assortment of old and new books
from the University of Cordoba, Spain. It is one of the
national libraries in India. The library also contains the
only books to survive the sacking of the Moorish University
of Cordoba in Spain.
Jalan Museum: Built on the
foundations of Sher Shah's fort, Qila House contains an
impressive private collection of antiques, including a
dinner service that once belonged to George III, Marie
Antoinette's Sevres porcelain, Napoleon's four-poster bed,
Chinese jade and Mughal silver filigree,.It is a private
collection, and prior permission is required for a visit.
The Ashram is the headquarters
of Bihar Vidyapeeth, a national university. India's first
president, Dr. Rajendra Prasad lived here after his
retirement and there is a small museum here showcasing his
Agam Kuan (Unfathomable well) is
one of the most important early historic archeological
remains in Patna. It is situated just close to Gulzarbagh
railway Station, which is proposed to be associated with the
Mauryan Emperor Ashok.
Asia's longest roadway bridge
Ki Haveli: The Place were Mother Teresa
got her training.
Also known as Sanjay
Gandhi Biological Park
Indira Gandhi Science
Complex, is one of the must visiting
places in Patna. This is among few Planetarium's (Taramandal)
Kumhrar, site of the ancient city of Patliputra, lies 5 kms
from Patna railway station. Archaeological findings in this area establish
Patna's claim to over a thousand years of political glory -
600 BC to 600 AD. Very little of this grandeur remains
though, except for the remains of a huge Mauryan hall
supported by 80 sandstone pillars dating back to 300 BC.