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Top Choice Museum in Patna

Patna Museum

Housed in a majestic colonial-era building, this museum contains a splendid collection of Mauryan and Gupta stone sculptures, some beautiful bronze Buddhist statuary, and a gallery of early-19th-century landscape pa…
Top Choice Indian in Patna

Bellpepper Restaurant

Intimate and contemporary, this small restaurant inside Hotel Windsor is popular for its tandoori dishes. The murg tikka lababdar (boneless tandoori chicken basted with garlic, ginger, green chillies, and a pistachi…
Top Choice Historic Building in Patna


For a dome with a view, climb this massive, bulbous granary, built by the British army in 1786 and renovated in 2016. The idea behind its construction was to avoid a repeat of the terrible 1770 famine – look for the…
North Indian in Patna

Pind Balluchi

For Patna's best food and views, head to this revolving restaurant with ever-shifting vistas over Gandhi Maidan, Golghar and the Ganges beyond. The kebabs are excellent (try the murgh malai kebab), and there is a fu…
Museum in Patna

Bihar Museum

This impressive new museum, one of the largest in south Asia, was only partially opened at time of research but when finished it will boast three impressive history galleries, plus displays on contemporary art and e…
Park in Patna

Buddha Smriti Park

This peaceful 9-hectare park, inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 2010, is notable for its massive sandblasted charcoal stupa (₹50), which houses a unique, bulletproof relic chamber, and sapling plantings from both the…
Indian in Patna

Tandoor Hut

Streetside grill that serves delicious kebabs and other tandoor offerings, as well as huge biryanis and curries. Eat on-site or take them back to your hotel. The chicken malai and reshmi kebabs are both superb.
Historic Site in Patna

Ruins of Pataliputra

You'll have to rely heavily on your imagination to envisage what was once one of the greatest cities in the ancient world, ruled by kings Ajatasatru (491–459 BC), Chandragupta (321–297 BC) and Ashoka (274–237 BC). T…
Street Food in Patna

Litti Chokha Stall

One of numerous streetside stalls dotted around the city cooking up Patna's signature snack: litti chokha (grilled chickpea-powder dough balls served with a side sauce of mashed tomatoes, aubergine and potatoes).
Indian in Patna

Baba Hotel

Clean, good-value, pocket-sized restaurant serving Indian and Chinese dishes (including some good vegetarian options), as well as ₹85 to ₹95 thalis.