Patna is the capital of Bihar and its most populous city. Situated on the southern bank of the River Ganga, Patna is one of the oldest cities in the world with a history of over 3,000 years. Ancient Patna, known as Pataliputra, was the capital of the Magadha Empire and during the Islamic period the seat of power for the Suri dynasty. The city is approximately 35 km long and 16 km to 18 km wide. In the vicinity are other tourist attractions as Vaishali, Rajgir, Nalanda, Gaya, Bodhgaya, and Pawapuri.
Disclaimer: Patna is place where I grew up, studied, worked, got married and left. My parents, and also my in-laws, all live in Patna! So a visit to Patna is more about meeting with family and friends, and hardly about tourism. But I did get a chance to explore the city a bit.
Talking about my 2013 trip to Patna, I was pleasantly surprised to see a few developments: especially Rajdhani Vatika, Buddha Smriti Park, Mahatma Gandhi Monument and Pind Balluchi revolving resturant! Rajdhani Vatika, also known as Eco Park, which opened in 2011, mostly to ease pressure from Patna Botanic Garden, is absolutely amazing! It has well maintained theme parks, a lake with boating facilities and some modern sculptures. Also very impressive is the Buddha Smriti Park, which was constructed to commemorate the 2550th year of Mahaparinirvana of Lord Buddha. The park was opened in 2010, by His Holiness Dalai Lama. It’s main attraction – Patliputra Karuna Stupa – contains holy ashes of Lord Buddha. Another recent developments has been the installation of the tallest statue of Mahatma Gandhi – 72 feet high on 24 feet high pedestal. This was unveiled in February 2013. In fact in my visit in July 2013, finishing touched were still been given to the monument. And for a 360° view of the city, there is Pind Balluci revolving restaurant ! Then there is floating restaurant as well, namely the MV Ganga Vihar which provides some excellent view of the Banks of Patna during the Cruise!
However there are so many places in Patna, that I could not visit in the trip like Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udyan, Agam Kuan, Patna Planetarium. Growing up in Patna I have been to these places many times, but in pre digital-camera, pre-blogging era. So don’t have much images to show. Maybe in coming visits might be able to cover these sites.
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Buddha Smriti Park – May 27, 2010 / inaugurated by His Holiness Dalai Lama/ brainchild of CM Nitish Kumar.
Eco Park/ Rajdhani Vatika – Oct 2011 / opened by CM Nitish Kumar.
Pind Balluchi revolving restaurant – August 11, 2010 / inaugurated CM Nitish Kumar.
Ganga Aarti – February 25, 2011 / inaugurated by Deputy CM Bihar
MV Ganga Vihar floating restaurant – July 20, 2009 / inaugurated by CM Nitish Kumar
Statue of Mahatma Gandhi – February 15, 2013 / unveiled by CM Nitish Kumar.
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