The Regal Ecstasy
Patna happens to be one of the most prominent places of Bihar, one of the major states of the Union of India situated in the Eastern part of the country. It is among the world's oldest capital cities with an unbroken history of many centuries as imperial metropolis. The city is well connected from all the prime metropolises of the country viz. Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Guwahati, Ranchi, and Varanasi. From my childhood I have always been a keen student of history so it is always natural for me to go to Patna to have a glimpse of the world famous historical heritage. The history and heritage of modern day Patna go back well over two millennia. Like Delhi, Patna too had been the majestic foundation of governance for successive kingdoms since the ancient period. And to this day, it is the capital city of the state. With the ascendancy of each ruler to the throne and establishment of the dynastic glory, the city got a new name. Thus, the ancient Kusumpura metamorphosed through Pushpapura, Pataliputra, Azeemabad and now into Patna, a incessant legacy ranging from 6th century BC to present times a unique record that can be claimed by very few cities in the world.
While moving there, though I was from Delhi in the last month of June, I found a favorable climate with the temperature residing in average, in Summer –40/21 and in Winter – Max. 20/6. There are lots of places where you can visit and therefore have a clear assumption of the ancient legacy of the very city like the Golghar, Martyr's Memorial, Har Mandir Takht, Sher Shah Suri Masjid, Jalan Museum, Sadaqat Ashram, Agam Kuan associated with the reign of Emperor Ashok, Modern Planetarium, Kumhrar and others. While in my visit I decided to visit only the historical places to have a perfect perception of the traditional legacy. But that is not all. Don't ever consider Patna to be an ill developed city since Bihar has already become a tainted state due to its age old saga of rapid ill development. You can have a good number of air-conditioned and non air-conditioned hotels. Besides there is a good presence of moderately priced hotels which are positioned just around the railway station and the airlines office. There is also a great opportunity to stay at the Tourist Bungalow (Kautilya Vihar) of Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation.