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Golghar, Patna

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Climb a giant beehive to get a panoramic view at Golghar, a huge granary built by the British in 1786 to combat effects of the famine caused by Company Rule in Benghal. This modernist 29 m (95 ft) tall structures has a diameter of 125 m (410 ft). It was built in the tradition of stupas without any pillars and using a 3.6 m (11.8 ft) wide wall of thickness at its base. Capable of holding 140,000 tons of grain, the building has a staircase which spirals around it making it possible to climb at the top. For Golghar and beyond, use our Patna online route planner to get the most from your Patna vacation.
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  • It must have been a very tall and magnificent building in the Raj era. Today with skyscrapers & towers in various cities & towns, Golghar seems smallish. It was a hugh granary built. One can climb to ...  more »
  • Built in 1786 made by Britishers to collect food grains in it, actually a Godown. It's a must visit landmark in Patna.. and yeah not for Senior Citizens and pregnent ladies.  more »
  • Golghar is one of the famous architecture in Patna.Located near Gandhi maidan,it is at the heart of city.Very old and unique architecture.  more »
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  • Situated in the city of Patna, Golghar is a simple yet charming architecture which is an amalgam of history and natural beauty. It was built in 1786 by Captain John Garstin with the purpose of serving as a storehouse. Incidentally, Golghar was never filled to its maximum capacity as it is believed that due to an engineering fault the doors open inwards only, and if the granary were to be filled all the way, the doors will not open. In addition to being a magnanimous granary, the top of Golghar presents a wonderful panoramic view of the city and the Ganges. Owing to its peaceful location and sublime natural setting, Golghar is one of the many spots in the city which citizens visit to get a respite from the din of the city. Rising from the midst of a lush green garden, the stupa- shaped structure of Golghar is an inviting sight to behold. It is encircled by a flight of 145 stairs that take you all the way up to the top, from where you can see a bird's eye view of the entire city. The gentle wind blowing over the zenith as you behold the sight of the ancient city that lies ahead of you is a serene experience. In addition to this, you can also arrange for a picnic in the garden that this attraction lies in. In an effort to increase the visitor influx to Golghar, a light and sound show have been introduced here as well. Visit this destination for a quaint day out with friends and family.
  • A nice dome like structure that's surrounded by well kept expansive grounds, that's perfect for a picnic or a family day out. When we visited, the dome itself was under maintenance, otherwise you could climb all the way to the top which is an enjoyable but slightly rigorous experience. There's a small entry fee at the outside gates.
  • According to a contemporary inscription at its base, the Golghar was intended to be just the first of a series of huge grain stores. In the end, however, no others were ever built. The granary was "part of a general plan … for the perpetual prevention of famine in these provinces" ordered in 1784 by Warren Hastings, the then Governor-General of India. The beehive-shaped structure was designed by Captain John Garstin of the Bengal Engineers, part of the East India Company's Bengal Army. Construction was completed on 20 July 1786. A drive to improve the appearance of the structure was begun in 2002. The architecture Built in the Stupa architecture, the building has a height of 29 m. It is pillar-less with a wall of thickness of 3.6 m at the base. One can climb at the top of the Golghar through the 145 steps of its spiral stairway around it. The spiral staircase was designed to facilitate the passage of the workers who loaded and unloaded the grain is the granary, who had to carry grain-bags up one flight, deliver their load through a hole at the top, and descend the other stairs. The top of the Golghar presents a wonderful panoramic view of the city and the Ganges. Golghar has never been filled to its maximum capacity and there are no plans to do so. Some have claimed that the reason for this is a flaw whereby the doors are designed to open inwards; thus, if it is filled to its maximum capacity, then the doors will not open. However, visitors have found that the doors open outwards.Presently renovation of this historical monument is underway.
  • Golghar  is a large granary. the building has a height of 29 m.It is pillar-less with a wall of thickness of 3.6 m at the base. One can climb at the top of the Golghar through the 145 steps of its spiral stairway around it. The spiral staircase was designed to facilitate the passage of the workers who loaded and unloaded the grain is the granary, who had to carry grain-bags up one flight, deliver their load through a hole at the top, and descend the other stairs. The top of the Golghar presents a wonderful panoramic view of the city and the Ganges.
  • A place one must climb and have a good view of the Ganges and most of Patna. It's an important landmark of Patna. Good to bring your kids along.
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