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Patna has a glorious past like none other city in the Indian History. A city whose administrative power controlled vast region stretching from modern Afghanistan in the West to Bengal in the East, from Kashmir in the North to Deccan in the South, and which brought the golden period of Indian art, culture and power, has a recorded history of more than 2000 years. A city which saw the rise and fall of powerful dynasties like of Mauryan's and Gupta's, was once considered at par with the glorious Mesopotamian city of Susa and Ecbatana. A city which welcomed and amazed the great travelers like Megasthanese and Fa-hein, proudly witnessed the brilliance of Chanakaya, Panini and Kalidas, to name a few.The legendary kings like Ajathshatru, Chadragupta, Ashoka and Vikramaditya ruled from the ancient land of modern Patna. The city was associated with the two ancient religions of the world - Buddhism and Jainism.

Some Important tourist sites in Patna.

Nothing much remains of its glorious past except the ruins of Pataliputra that can be seen in Kumhrahar, the massive assembly hall with bases if 80 pillars have been excavated at the sites of which only one pillar remains intact. Fa Hien who came here in 5th Century CE found the pillar shining bright as glass.

Goal ghar: This large, stupa-style granary, completed in 1786, offers sweeping city views from the top.

Takht Sri Patna Sahib also known as Harmandir Sahib, is a Gurudwara. It was to commemorate the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs on December 1666.

Bihar museum spreads over an area of 5.6 hectares of land and has a total built-up area of 24,000 square metres.Bihar Museum is one of the famous attractions in Patna built to provide insights into the history of Bihar and inculcate a sense of respect and pride in the hearts of the current generation. The museum is a recent addition to the list of attractions in the city. One of the main reasons for establishing the museum was to create more space to house and exhibit artefacts since the century-old Patna Museum is running out of space.

Patna museum,constructed in the style of Mughal and Rajput architecture, the museum has different galleries that contain masterpieces from the past. The Holy Relic Casket, with the sacred ashes of Lord Buddha, Archaeological objects such as coins, art objects, paintings, instruments, textiles, thankas, bronze sculptures and terracotta images by various Hindu and Buddhist artists are on display in the museum.

The Buddha Smriti Park comprises of a library, museum, and meditation center. Constructed very recently, the Buddha Smriti Park was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in May 2010. The Patliputra Karuna Stupa adorns the park with its giant dome and is the centrepiece of attraction here.

Close to the banks of the Ganges, in Patna, stands the Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library a unique repository of about 21000 Oriental manuscripts and 2.5 lakh printed books. Though founded earlier, it was opened for public in October, 1891 by the illustrious son of Bihar Khan Bahadur Khuda Bakhsh with 4,000 manuscripts, of which he inherited 1,400 from his father Maulvi Mohammed Bakhsh.

The Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya (Gandhi Memorial Institution) is a museum and public service institution, showcasing the life and principles of Mahatma Gandhi and his role in Bihar during the independence struggle of India.

The Martyr's Memorial, also known as Shaheed Smarak, is a life-size statue of seven young men who sacrificed their lives in the Quit India movement.

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