If you are fascinated by history, then plan a holiday in Patna, the capital of Bihar. Patna has several significant historical monuments and spots to visit. It’s the biggest town in Bihar, with history that dates back to 3000 years. During ancient times, the city was called Pataliputra and it served as the capital of the Magadha kingdom. Mentioned below are some of the best places to explore the history of the region. Check for train 12304 running status, which starts from Delhi, and is one of the convenient ways to reach the city and explore more.
Golghar – Golghar is a wonderful specimen of the architectural skills. It was Captain John Garstin who constructed the Golghar in the year 1786 to use it as a granary, if ever the city gets hit by famine. The architecture bears similarity with the Stupa design, with 125 meters wide and 4 meters thick walls. The granary has staircases to lead you to the top, from where the gushing view of Ganges below is simply breathtaking. Golghar, also held pride in being the tallest building in Patna at that time. Though it was constructed to keep only grains, it was never used to its maximum capacity. If you wish to visit this historic granary, then do check for train 12304 running status, and make appropriate plans.
Patna Museum – Situated at city’s center, Patna Museum will take you to the ancient times. It was built in the year 1917 and is considered as the oldest museum in the city. Showcasing Mughal and Rajput style of architecture, even the building of the museum is as interesting as the items inside. The museum has over 45000 historical artefacts on display, and it keeps adding few more things almost every year, though there’s a space crunch. Both the floors of the museums are devoted to galleries showcasing stone sculptures, Indian rock artwork, natural history gallery, Buddha relic gallery and painting gallery. Metal and rock sculptures dating back to Maurya and Gupta dynasties are also put on display in the museum. Under the natural history section, a 200 million year old fossilized tree is the main attraction.
Agam Kuan – The Agam Kuan is considered to be the most ancient and significant archaeological site in Patna. Constructed during the rule of Ashoka, the Mauryan king, Agam Kuan has many legends connected to it. With a circumference of over 20 feet and a depth of 105 foot, the king built the well to torture individuals. Stories even say that it was where emperor Ashoka had his 99 brothers drowned, to seize the throne. Another legend goes that a Jain monk by name Sudarshana was seen floating on a lotus on the surface after the king threw in the well. Agam Kuan possesses the label of being auspicious with infinite powers.
Jalan Museum – This museum is situated near the banks of river Ganges, and was built in the year 1919. The museum represents the phenomenal effort of restoration by Diwan Bahadur Radha Krishna Jalan who got a part of this damaged fort in an earthquake in 1934. It was later transformed into a delightful museum, which now showcases artifacts from various parts of the world.
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