Friday, July 02, 2010

Golghar – Yesteryears Granary in Patna, Bihar

Golghar, a large granary from yester years is a tourist attraction in Patna, the capital city of Bihar. This granary, built in 1786 during the British rule is situated to the west of Gandhi Maidan and is not far away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the city.

A steep flight of about 150 steps takes one to the top of Golghar. This top presents one with a wonderful panoramic view of the city and the Ganges flowing nearby.

The devastating famine of 1770 is what led to the construction of this granary for the purpose of storing grains for the British army.

This beehive like structure built in the native Stupa architecture has a foundation of 125m and a height of 29m. It is pillar less with a wall of thickness of 3.6m at the base. This granary was conceived and built by Captain John Garstin, an engineer with East India Company.

This is a great place to visit if getting a Patna cityscape is on your agenda. Locals tell me that right after the monsoons one gets brilliant views of the Ganges when the mighty river is flowing to its limits.

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