Top 10 Things To Do in Patna | Beginner’s Guide

Patna is not a vast city in comparison to the metro cities and many other popular cities. But it doesn’t make it less interesting. If you’re on a tight schedule or on a short business/leisure trip, here are few places in the town that you should visit and experience the city’s life and soul. There is lot to do and many places to go, through which you can satiate yourself. Here are some handpicked places to visit in Patna that will provide guaranteed satisfaction to you if you’re short on time and have no idea where to start.

Buddha Smriti Park

A regular light and sound show happens inside Buddha Smriti Park. It is peaceful and tickets are cheap too. It’s nice for a walk in the evening. There are also the remains of Purana Jail and a museum too inside the park. The museum has a different entry ticket.

Ganga Aarti at NIT Ghat

A must visit is Ganga Aarti at NIT Ghat (Bhagirathi Vihar) which happens in the evening on weekends. On weekdays you may take a nauka-vihar (a boat ride) to reach the Ganga Beach and if you are lucky, you may find Gangetic Dolphins playing in the water.

Gol Ghar

Located on the west of the Gandhi Maidan, Gol Ghar is a giant granary built by Captain John Garstin, in 1786. Climb on it and enjoy the view.


Popularly known as Taramandal, it is one of oldest and functional planetariums of India. Tickets are really affordable.

Maurya Lok and Boring Road

What Connaught Place is to Delhi, Maurya Lok & Boring road is to Patna. If you love a happening place, you would love it. One can not just get bored here.


Try Rolls at Sinha’s or from Blue Moon in Boring Road. For non-vegetarians, try Afghani Kebabs and Kali Mirch Kebabs from Dab’s. Or if you are near Fraser road, then try Paneer Cutlets of Paneer Snack Corner. For a little South Indian twist, go to Bansi Vihar in Fraser Road only. Also try Masala Soda at Rajdhani Paan Shop in Maurya Lok.

Patna Museum

A quick glance through the mammoth cultural heritage is what which is offered at both old and new museum. If you have the time, dive in!

Patna Zoo and Botanical Park

The lush green belt in the region gives chills during summer days as well. Apart from the normal zoo offerings, the botanical park offers very soothing environment and replenishes the body with earlier lost positive energy. Highly recommended to visit during early morning hours.

Patna Sahib Gurudwara

Located in Patna city, this Gurudwara is the birth place of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Sikh and the founder of Sikhism.

Participate in their daily charity work, help them in preparing meals, feed the poor, have a free meal yourself and rejuvinate yourself.

 Gandhi Setu

Take a short trip to Hajipur using the Gandhi Setu, while enjoying the view of Ganges from above, to buy the very famous chiniya kela (bananas).

If you’re arriving anytime between Durga Puja or Dussehra, you’re in for a treat. The whole city would be in an immense mood of celebration and every place will be an experience in itself. A must visit is decorative Pandals, numerous food stalls and witness the grand Raavan Dahan at the legendary Gandhi Maidan on Dussehra.

Photo Credit: Saurav Anuraj

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