Modern Patna

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Modern Patna

Today, Patna is a fine blend of ancient traditions and modernity, and it is one of the fastest emerging cities in India. Being the capital of Bihar for more than hundred years now (capital since 1913), it has certainly distinctive advantage over the other newly established capitals. It has good connectivity with the rest of the country through road, railways and airways. Patna is regarded as the gateway for the Buddhism, Jainism and Sufism Circuit, which connect Vaishali, Pavapuri, Nalanda, Rajgir, Bodh Gaya, Maner Sharif and many other tourist places.

Patna is a big trading center in the Eastern India. It has big markets for clothes, fruits and vegetables, traditional items and modern amenities. The opening of the malls and multiplexes has opened new horizon of marketing-cum-entertainment experience. Funtasia Island water park on the outskirt of the City has been attracting a large number of people since its opening in November, 2012. The city offers a host of tourism options to the visitors in various categories like historical, religious, modern etc. (10 Things to do in Patna). The city has limited but good hotels and restaurant to cater to the tourists. The population of Patna is close to 17 Lakh (1.7 million) as per 2011 census.

Festivals bring color to the life in the city. The biggest festival, Chhath is celebrated with great devotion and celebration across the city. The presence of river Ganges beside the city adds charm to it. The other big festivals celebrated are Diwali, Dussehra, Holi, Muharram, Eid and Guru Nanak Jayanti. Patna truly reflects the meeting point of Eastern and Northern India during the festivals. The fairs and exhibitions are common during the festive seasons, which normally extends from beginning of October to mid of march (till Holi). Patna is a true secular city. The people of all communities lives in harmony and comes together in festivals. A large number of tourists, belonging to Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism community visit every year. Presence of many ancient and historical cum religious sites in and around it attracts people from abroad in large number.

Patna is a big and excellent center of education. Thousands of student flock here every year from every corner of the State and neighboring states.The city has renowned colleges and excellent schools belonging to central boards and state board. The student cracks the toughest exam of India in exceedingly large number. Super 30 batch, which prepares the student belonging to poor families for the IIT exam free of cost, has already become internationally acclaimed. Newly opened institutes like IIT, NIFT, NIT, AIIMS, BIT (Extension) etc. have added gravity to its education culture.

The western area is dotted with the architectural buildings from the British era, whereas new areas are reflections of modernity. The city is fast crossing its limit and expanding outward. Kankarbagh, once the biggest colony of Asia, is a modern city in itself.The construction work on city's 'marine drive', J P Ganga Path along the river Ganges has started. The high speed 21.5 km corridor will connect Digha to Didarganj by 2017, the year marked with the great celebration of 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh at Har Mandir Takht. The Patna Metro Rail project is also in advance stage and ground work is likely to start in the first half of 2014. The city is witnessing many new infrastructural development throughout its length and breadth. Many new flyovers are being built over the congested area. Work on ambitious projects of International Convention Centre, Bihar Museum, Centenary Building of Patna HC etc. has already been started.

The city's tourist potentials are growing rapidly with new developments. The present day Patna sits over the ruins of ancient Patliputra, thereby providing a lot of scope for archaeological tourism. The ruins of Kumhrar, the statue of Didarganj Yakshi, Golghar, Har Mandir Takht, Agam Kuan, Khuda Baksh National Library etc. are very well known tourist places in Patna. Many famous tourist spots of Bihar are situated close to the city, hence providing a ideal start-up place for exploring the rich heritage of the state.

Patna is a growing bustling city where chaos and calmness prevails side by side like most other Indian cities. Gifted with three distinct seasons and the great Ganga flowing beside it, the city offers everything for good living and rapid development. A city, whose glorious past reckons the present to emulate, is trying hard to regain the lost attraction.