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.

Suggested Journeys for Patna

We are pleased to offer the following selection of suggested itineraries based on our personal experiences. By combining these itineraries with your thoughts and ideas we can tailor any journey to make it special, unique and designed around you.

Land of the Buddha

17 days starting from £3135 per person

The Buddha's life and history play an important role in Indian society and form an integral part of the country's religious tapestry. This itinerary covers some of the Indian subcontinent's key Buddhist centres and incorporates the four places pivotal to the life of the Buddha - Lumbini in Nepal,...