is the capital and the largest city in the state of Bihar. One of the most ancient continuously inhabited places in the world, Patna
also serves as the seat of Patna
High Court. It is situated on the southern banks of river Ganges. According to a study by the City Mayors Foundation, it is the 21st fastest growing cities in the world and 5th fastest growing city in India.
Situated about 100 kilometers south of national East-West Highway corridor, Patna
has NH 30, NH 31, and NH 2 passing through it which facilitates connectivity significantly. The major corridors of the city include the Ashok Rajpath
Road, Bailey Road
, Harding Road, and Kankarbagh Old Bypass Road. There has been a proposal by the Airport Authority of India to develop a civil enclave at Bihta
Air Force Station which will serve as the new airport for Patna
. When it comes to rail transport, the city is served by several railway stations. The Patna
Junction Railway Station is one of the busiest in India. The rail-cum-road bridge, known as the Ganga Rail Road Bridge, which will connect Patna
to Pahleja Ghat, is expected to be completed by 2016, making it one of the longest road cum rail bridge in the world, with a length of 4.55 kilometres. Besides railways playing a key role in connecting Patna
to various other cities, it is also served by National Highways 19, 30, 31, and 83. Asias longest river bridge, the Mahatma Gandhi Setu
links it with Hajipur across the Ganga. The proposal for a new six lane road bridge across the Ganges parallel to this bridge has been made.
The real estate market looks bright in this city with the large-scale infrastructural developments taking place. This city boasts of being second, only to Delhi
, with regard to the ease of doing business. No wonder it is one of the fastest growing Indian cities, consequently also giving a thrust to its realty industry. Some of the top locations for property in Patna
, Rajendra Nagar
, Lohia Nagar
, and Patliputra Colony
. With the completion of the Patna
Metro project by 2016, the desirability of Patna
as a realty destination will further soar up.
hosts several tourist attractions, which primarily comprises its ancient monuments. The cultural heritage of Bihar is reflected in Kumhrar
, Agam Kuan, and Didarganj
Yakshi. Takht Sri Patna
Sahib consecrates the birthplace of Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. There are five other Gurudwaras here which are related to different Sikh Gurus. One can find fine examples of British architecture in Padri Ki Haveli, High Court, Golghar, and Secretariat Building. Other places of interest include the Buddhra Smriti Park, Patan
Devi Temple, Mahavir Mandir, Patna
Planetarium, etc. Besides housing a number of schools, the city is also home to important government educational institutions such as Central University of Bihar, Patna
University, Chanakya National Law University, Indian Institute of Technology Patna
, National Institute of Technology Patna
, Birla Institute of Technology Patna
Medical College, AIIMS Patna
, NIFT Patna
, and few others. Pretty good number of malls has also cropped up in the city, giving Patnaites a lifestyle comparable to other major cities.