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Places to visit in and around Patna

Khuda Baksh Oriental Library
An illustrious son of Bihar, an advocate by profession and a bibliophile by taste, Khuda Baksh Khan, established a "Public Library" in 1891 out of his family collection of manuscripts. He further added a number of manuscripts through his own resource, and by a Deed of Trust, donated his entire collection to the public in the same year. 

The Library, now known the world over as the Khuda Baksh Oriental Public Library, has emerged to be one of the richest collections of manuscripts in the sub-continent with over 18,000 manuscripts, 1,80,000 printed books and over 2000 original paintings of the Mughal, Rajput, Iranian and Turkish schools. It has a collection of rare Arabic and Persian manuscripts, including a tiny 25mm wide holy Qur'an, illuminated manuscripts of the Mughal period, and paintings from Rajput and Mughal schools of paintings. Several paintings of East India Company period are also available. The library also has some books rescued from the plunder of the University of Cordoba in Spain. The Library also possesses a sizeable number of original letters of eminent persons written during their lifetime.

It is now managed by a Board headed by the Governor of Bihar. By an Act of Parliament, it was declared in 1969 to be an Institution of National Importance and the Government of India took over its control the same year. 
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Patna Museum
The museum was formally opened in 1929. It displays a First World War cannon, metal and stone sculptures of the Mauryan and Gupta periods, Buddhist sculptures and quaint terracotta figures. A 16 m long fossilized tree is one of its special features.

Jalan Museum
The Jalan Museum is located on the eastern part of the city. The museum displays rare items, collected by Diwan Bahadur Rakha Krishna Jalan. Items on display include Tibetan manuscripts, Egyptian objects, Iranian tiles, ivory and metal artifacts, terracotta pieces, Chinese porcelain wares, Beads, old oil paintings, silverwares, fossils, and several other rare items.


Indira Gandhi Science Complex, is one of the must visiting places in Patna. This is among few Planetariums (Taramandal) in India.

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