I began to love my days in Patna. After the visit to the fabulous library, I was ready for yet another trip. I love going to botanical parks and zoo as we get a closer view of the nature’s beings. I have a huge collection of photographs and videos that I shot in different places. I enjoy watching the wild animals and colorful birds. Patna has one of the most beautiful biological parks, which is named, as Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park.
It was at a short distance of about 5km from the hotel so I decided to hire a rickshaw to reach the Park. I was there in 15 minutes. It is clean and green surroundings, so I thought the animals are provided a natural habitat. I moved on and wow! The location seems vast and beautiful. I kept my camera ready to capture pictures of the beautiful creatures. I wish to share the little information that I gained about the Biological Park. It was established in 1969 and the area spans across nearly 59 acres. It is one of large zoos in the country.
There are more than 100 species of animals and birds within. Some of the rare animals that I saw were the Himalayan Bear, Cassowary and white peacock. As I moved on, I saw plenty of animals like leopard, rhinoceros, giraffe, golden cat and hog deer. I spend a quite sometime within the zoo as I read the details of the species of animals that were displayed in front of every cage. The Zoo also has an aquarium with a number of colorful ornamental fishes. It looked fancy and I clicked a lot of pictures. Another interesting but scary thing is the snake house with many species of snakes. After a good stroll in the zoo, I moved on to the botanical garden. It has a great variety of plants and ferns. A nursery for medicinal plants, a colorful rose garden, fern house, and glass house are the other attractions.
It is one of the favorite locations for one-day picnics in Patna. Apart from the zoo and botanical garden, families especially with children can enjoy boating in the lake within the premises and alos utilize the facility of Children Park. Over all it is an exciting location..Perfect for a family outing!
I had booked Premium Deluxe rooms at Hotel Buddha Heritage, so as soon as I got off the train I called up the hotel to find if they had sent a vehicle for pickup. The receptionist told me that it was already there and gave me the vehicle number. As I came out of the station, I found the vehicle and waved out to the driver to pick us. After a long journey, we wanted to relax before beginning on the local trips. It was a cold morning and the car drove through the mist, after twenty minutes we were at the hotel.
The rooms were excellent with all facilities and timely services. We needed to relax so all of us went to sleep after setting an alarm at 9am. By then, we were fresh enough to go around the city and it seemed much warmer. We got ready and our first journey was to the popular Khuda Baksh Oriental Library. It was my maiden visit and I was curious about the location. It was about 6.5km from the hotel where we stayed. We left with anxiety and within 20 minutes, we arrived at the ancient library.
It is one of the oldest National Library established in 1891. Newly renovated buildings were a mansion of huge collection of manuscripts and various other books. The location was serene and a number of visitors had come over for a visit. As we walked in, we could experience the silence and as expected, we reached an ocean books. The library seems to have a collection over 250,000 books. It is also one of the prime locations where ancient manuscripts are preserved. Some of the well-known manuscripts were Timur Nama and Padshah Nama.
We walked through the entire building and the annexe. Beside the collection of books, the library also displayed some interesting samples of calligraphy, ancient Mughal paintings and a few verses of Quran, which is written on skin of deer. It was a fabulous journey into the glorious past where people spent a lot of time in writing about the life and the royal rule. Today, it attracts a number of people from all over the country and abroad.
Kumhrar Patna : Most of my good friends are from is from Bihar, so we decided to plan a trip Kumhrar in Patna. As an architect, I am quite fascinated by ancient architecture. So, i was excited about visiting this city which was built in 600 BC. Through a tour to Kumhrar you can learn a lot about the Mauryan culture and various civilization of that particular era.
Being an architect, I always enjoy watching huge, unique and mega structures. Whenever, I plan a vacation trip, I browse through to have an idea about the historical and unique monuments that I could see in the city. This time I was going to be in Patna for the vacation. I had planned the trip along with my family. I had booked my tickets through the online ticket counter and was lucky enough to have confirmed tickets for the journey. I had my tickets in Udyan Abha Toofan Express, which was from Shri Ganganagar to Kolkata Howrah Junction.
The train was scheduled to arrive in Agra Cantt. Station at 12:10 hours. My family and I were at the station at around 11:45am and we were thrilled about the trip. The train arrived on time and it had a half of 30 minutes at the station. It stops for loco reversal, as the train reverses direction in this particular station. We comfortably boarded the train and found our way through to comfortable seas in A/C coach. Our journey began as the train was leaving at 12:40 as per the schedule. It would take almost 19 hours to get to Patna.
I had sat beside the window and began to look out to enjoy the scenery outside. I had the train schedule on my mobile phone. I quickly referred to have an idea about the stations that it world pass through. The time was past 4pm and the next station we were to arrive was Phaphund. It was tea time for all. I could hear the chaiwala within the coach. As soon as he reached near our seats, I called out for tea. It was refreshing hot tea. The journey went on. Food served within the train was good enough and all of us enjoyed the dinner too.
As the journey to Patna was nearing, I was totally thrilled. The train dropped us on time at the Patna Junction at 6:40 am. We had booked hotel via online and I could see the hotel vehicle waiting at the railway station. It was an amazing journey.
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A big hello to everyone here... I am 'the' Geeta Sharma, a young, vibrant, and fun-loving girl from Agra. As a kid, tall buildings always inspired me and now as I type, I myself have attained a master’s degree in Architecture and am working on several projects in and around my city. Whenever I feel taxed of my job, I find a way out in the nature, my second habitat for obvious reasons! Meditation, camping, and photography are activities for which Mother Nature inspires me! On my way back, I also make it a point to get my mind and body relaxed at nearby spa centres. That is about me and you will find much more in detail with regular blogs and updates from me. So stay tuned and sit tight for new experiences every day!