Sit on the Ghats, look at the sun going down, amaze at the reflection in the sparkling water while enjoying the view of kites flying overhead across the river. One cannot leave from here without experiencing a boat ride in the Ganga waters, a mesmerizing and captivating experience. Circling of large burning lamps against the darkened sky is an ideal place to be there. Motorboats are also available on weekends.
Also known as Gandhi Memorial Institution, this Museum was established in 1967 as Patna Sangrahalaya, one of eleven Gandhi Sangrahalayas in India. It became autonomous in 1971.The institution allows a quiet retreat for every visitor. The visual biography and other sections showcase the life of Gandhiji with specific highlights on his involvement in Bihar during the freedom Struggle.
Built in the shape of planet Saturn, this is amongst the finest of Asia’s planetariums and attracts a vast domestic and international tourist crowd. Exhibitions and film shows on astronomy and related topics are held here regularly. The space has convenient access for differently abled.
Located near the banks of river Ganges and constructed at the site of Sher Shah's fort, this building was transformed into a beautiful museum after being damaged. Some of the artefacts here include palanquin of Tipu Sultan, Humayun's sword and Chinese idols dating back to the 7th century. Prior permission is needed to visit the museum, it being a private collection.
One of the oldest libraries in India, Khuda Baksh Oriental Library is located near the bank of river Ganga in Patna. Set up in 1891, the library has a distinguished collection of rare Arabic and Persian manuscripts, Rajput and Mughal paintings and oddities like an inch wide Quran. It also contains the only books rescued from the plunder of the University of Cordoba in Spain.
Patna Museum, known locally as Jadu Ghar, is a repository of metal and stone sculptures of the Maurya and Gupta Periods, terracotta figurines and archaeological finds from different sites in Bihar. A couple of hours' stay here will equip you with the historical knowledge you will need for when you go exploring the capital of Bihar and rest of the state. Among its prized exhibits are ashes of the Buddha, image of Didarganj Yakshi (3rd century BC), and a 16 m long fossilized tree.
The Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udyan is popularly known as Patna Zoo and the park is a highly visited picnic spot. Over the years, the preserve has expanded to a 153 acre- biological park, combining a botanical garden and a zoo. The zoo has 800 animals from 110 species and an aquarium. You can ride the toy train through the main portions of the park.
Established in 1978, the Srikrishna Science Centre is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The wonders of science can be explored through 50 hands-on exhibits. Designed to thrill and excite the visitor, the Centre’s attractions include Mirror and Images, Evolution, Oceans, Science Park, Jurassic Park and Indian Scientists.
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