Patna is the capital city of the Indian State Bihar. The ancient name of the city is Pataliputra & was the capital of the Magadha Empire. The city is located on the southern bank of the river Ganga. Patna has a history of 3,000 years. There are numerable ancient monuments in Patna city expressing the rich culture and heritage of the state. The city is visited by large numbers of tourists from all over the world through out the year. An estimated report shows that about 2.5 million tourists visit Patna every year. Patna had been the royal seat of governance for successive kingdoms since ancient times. There are many tourist attractions in this glorious city. [caption id="attachment_592" align="alignnone" width="300"] Golghar[/caption] Golghar: This huge granary for the British army was built in 1786 by Captain John Garstin. The large structure is 29 m high and the walls are 3.6 m wide at the base. There is a winding stairway around the monument which offers a brilliant view of the city and the river Ganga. [caption id="attachment_593" align="alignnone" width="275"] Martyr's Memorial[/caption] Martyr's Memorial: This is the memorial of seven freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives in the Quit India Movement of August 1942. [caption id="attachment_594" align="alignnone" width="300"] Har Mandir Takht[/caption] Har Mandir Takht: The Har Mandir Takht, is one of the four sacred shrines of the Sikhs in Patna. The original temple was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Here the belongings of the Guru and Sikh holy texts are kept. [caption id="attachment_595" align="alignnone" width="276"] Patna Museum[/caption] Patna Museum: The Patna Museum houses a First World War cannon, metal and stone sculptures of the Mauryan and Gupta periods, Buddhist sculptures and quaint terracotta figures. The special feature in this museum is a 16 m long fossilised tree is one of its special features. [caption id="attachment_603" align="alignnone" width="300"] Pathar ki Masjid[/caption] Pathar ki Masjid: This beautiful mosque was built by Parwez Shah, son of Jahangir, when he was the governor of Bihar. It is also known as Saif Khan's mosque, Chimmi Ghat mosque and Sangi Masjid. [caption id="attachment_604" align="alignnone" width="300"] Sher Shah Suri Masjid[/caption] Sher Shah Suri Masjid: This mosque was built by Sher Shah Suri in 1545 to commemorate his reign. This was built in the Afghan architectural style. This is one of the many beautiful mosques in Bihar. [caption id="attachment_605" align="alignnone" width="261"] Agam Kuan[/caption] Agam Kuan: Agam Kuan is one of the most important early historic archeological remains in Patna. [caption id="attachment_606" align="alignnone" width="300"] Kumhrar[/caption] Kumhrar: This site is a part of the ancient city of Patliputra. It is at a distance of 5 kms from Patna railway station. The Archaeological findings from this area establish Patna's claim to over a thousand years of political glory ie; 600 BC to 600 AD. The main attraction here is the huge Mauryan hall supported by 80 sandstone pillars dating back to 300 BC. The other must visit places in Patna are Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park, Indira Gandhi Science Complex (Modern Planetorium), Padri Ki Haveli (were Mother Teresa got her training), Gandhi Setu (Asia's longest roadway bridge), Jalan Museum and Sadaqat Ashram. There are many holiday rental properties like guesthouses, apartments, homestays, resorts and bed & breakfasts in Patna near to these tourist spots offering safe and comfortable stay for the tourists visiting this historic city. The best time to visit Patna is from October to February. The nearest airport to Patna is Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport and the nearest railway station to Patna is Patna Junction.