Patna, spanning the River Ganges in the heart of India, is the capital of Bihar – a mainly rural state that was not only the early home of Buddhism but also the birthplace of the renowned Emperor Ashoka. In Patna, visit the Gulzaribagh, site of the former East India Company’s principle opium warehouse, and remarkable Golghar ‘round house’ built of stone slabs in 1786 by Captain John Garstin as a grain store. From Patna visit the annual Sonepur Cattle Fair – Asia’s largest livestock market held annually usually in November – or join a cruise east along the Ganges all the way to Kolkata. Further afield, leave Patna and drive south to Nalanda, home to one of the world’s oldest universities and an ancient pilgrimage site visited by Buddha or Bodh Gaya where he attained enlightenment under the ancient Bodhi tree. Pettitts have led the way in designing tailor-made holidays and tours to India for over 25 years.