Travel to Patna where history and culture mix, the capital of the state of Bihar.
Bihar’s busy capital sprawls out over the south bank of the polluted Ganges, just east of the river’s confluence with three major tributaries. It is an ancient place that traces its roots to over three millennia.Patna is an excellent starting point for visiting the Buddhist and Jain pilgrim centres of Vaishali, Rajgir, Nalanda, Bodhgaya and Pawapuri, not only because of its ample transport connections, but because the history of Patna, evidently one of the oldest cities in the world, is essentially the history of ancient India.
Patna was once a powerful city in ancient India. Early in the 5th century BC, Ajatasatru shifted the capital of his Magadha kingdom from Rajgir to Pataliputra (Patna), fulfilling Buddha?s prophecy that a great city would arise here. Emperors Chandragupta Maurya and Ashoka also called Pataliputra home, and it remained one of India?s most important cities for almost 1000 years.
The old and newer parts of Patna stretch along the southern bank of the Ganges for about 15km. The main train station, airport and hotels are in the western half, known as Bankipur, while most of the historic sites are in the older Chowk area to the east. The 5.7km-long Mahatma Gandhi Setu, the longest single river bridge in the world, connects Patna with Hajipur.
Try to go in Winters as summers can get very hot.Hindi and English are the most commonly spoken language.