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Patna - Quick Facts

Area: 135.79 Sq. Km.
Population: 1683200
Altitude: 53 m above sea level
Season: October to March
Clothing: Summer- Light Cotton, Winter- Heavy Woollen
Rainfall: 186 cms average
Languages: Hindi, Bhoj Puri & English

Patna is the gateway city for places of Buddhist importance such as Vaishali, Nalanda, Rajgir, Gaya and Bodhgaya. Situated on the banks of the River Ganga, has a history which goes back well over two millennia. The city has been the capital of many kingdoms and each ruler gave it a new name. Today Patna is undergoing tremendous changes in the commercial as well as the tourism sector.

By Air

Various Domestic Airlines flights connect Patna with Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Calcutta, Varanasi, Hyderabad and Ranchi.

By Rail
Patna is well connected with major cities such as Delhi, Lucknow, Calcutta, Varanasi etc.

By Road

Being the take-off point for the Buddhist circuit, Patna is well connected with places such as Katmandu, Gaya, Bodhgaya, and Rajgir & Nalanda via road.

Hanuman Mandir
This is one of the most revered temples of Patna and is located left in front of the Patna Junction. You can see lots of devotees standing in the long winding queues to offer prayers in the traditional manner to the residing deity.

This is an important place among the Patna tourist attractions and is known for impressive artifacts and ruins dating back to the Mauryan times that have been unearthed here. The ruins found here include a huge pillared assembly hall, a Buddhist monastery, parts of Anand Bihar, clay figures and wooden beams.


Gaya is 125 km from Patna. Situated at the banks of the River Phalgu many Hindus visit Gaya to pray for the well-being of the departed souls. An important Jain & Hindu pilgrimage.

Situated 16 km from Gaya & 140 km from Patna. It is here that Buddha attained Enlightment under the Bodhi tree, the saplings of which can still be seen in the temple premises.

Nalanda is 90 km from Patna. The centre of one of the oldest known universities of the world Its ruins show that over 2000 teachers and 10000 students from all over the Buddhist world lived and studied here.An international centre for Buddhist studies also functions here. The Chinese traveller Hieun Tsang who came to Nalanda as a student in the 7th century AD has left extensive description of the university.


Situated 2 km from the railway station & 12 km from the airport. Contains a first World War period Cannon, metal & stone sculptures of the Maurayan & Gupta periods. Buddhist sculptures & terracotta figures Special attractions include the famous Didarganj Yakshi of the 3rd century B.C and a 16m long fossilised tree. It has a unique collection of Jade, Chinese paintings & Mugal glass & silver filigree carvings.

Bihari women generally carry over this school of folk painting from generation to generation. It illustrates mythological themes, incorporating images of local deities as well as Hindu gods and goddesses.
Other popular shopping items in Bihar are: Stone and bead-jewellery.

•        Hand-painted wall hangings
•        Miniatures in paper and leaves
•        Appliqué work on fabric
•        Stone pottery
•        Bamboo and cane work
•        Wooden stools
•        Leather goods
•        "Tilcoot" - a kind of sweet.

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