Visiting Golghar in Patna

If you happen to visit Patna the capital of Bihar on your way to Bodh Gaya, I suggest you take a look at the building called the “Golghar” (that literally means “round house”). The Golghar situated near the Gandhi Maidan in Patna was built by Captain John Garstin, in 1786 as a granary. India faced a severe famine in 1770 that killed 10 million people in Bengal and Bihar. India at that time was a British colony. The then Governor General of India, Warren Hastings ordered the construction of this building to store grains for the British Army (not for the starving Indian people). Now the building serves as a picnic and site seeing spot.

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This amazing structure has no pillars from inside and is able to hold 140000 tons of grains. The Golghar has a staircase that spirals around the building where people are able to go all the way to the top. The stairs was designed in such a way that porters were able to carry bags of grains and drop it inside from a hole at the top. From the top, one is able to view almost whole of Patna along with the River Ganges flowing nearby.

Golghar in 1770
Golghar in 1770
Golghar Patna
Golghar today
Side view of Golghar
Golghar – do you think you can climb up?

Video Golghar, Patna

Further places to visit in Patna

Kumhrar – the site of Patliputra (capital of ancient India). There are pillars thought to be of a hall where the Third Buddhist Council was held under the guidance of Ashoka the Great.

Patna Museum – a museum of great historical importance as it houses the ashes of Lord Buddha and other amazing Buddhist artefacts.

Indira Gandhi Planetarium or the Patna Planetarium – one of the biggest in Asia. It’s one of the best places to visit in Patna. It has shows on astronomy and Indian space projects.

Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib at Patna Sahib – Patna happens to be the birthplace of Guru Govind Singh, the tenth guru of the Sikhs. This Gurudwara is one of the holiest pilgrimage centres for Sikhs other than the Golden Temple of Amritsar.

Mahaveer Mandir (Temple) – one of Patna’s most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park – a zoo that even houses a white tiger.

33 thoughts on “Visiting Golghar in Patna”

  1. Interesting Sapna!

    While I’ve seen all the other places you mentioned below, I seem to have missed out on Golghar!

    It does sound interesting just to imagine that this place could actually hold 140000 tons of grains, which must be a great source, especially during the time of famine. I liked the idea of the staircase from the outside too, and am sure it must be making a wonderful picnic spot as well.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. 🙂

    • Indeed Harleena, its quite a building. I am sure there are similar ones in other places but I have not seen many like the GolGhar. Its definitely worth visiting and climbing if one is not afraid of heights. Thank you for commenting and have a nice day.

    • Hi Desi, I think the wires appear as if its close because of the way the photo was taken. If you look at the third photo, there are no wires. But I agree, wires are dangerous and a menace and should not be stuck out like this. Thank you for your comment and hope to see you again. Best wishes.

  2. Hi Shalu jee,

    Great information shared!

    I have never heard of such a large granary ever. It appears to be a nice place to visit.

    The architecture of this building appears to be awesome, whatever building English developed during their time appear to be ahead of time.

    Thanks for the share.


  3. I have never heard about this ‘GolGhar’. Really interesting story behind it.
    I like one thing about your article Shalu…. you try to explain the whole history about the visiting place that makes the article more interesting.

  4. Hello Shalu,

    Great article for Golghar Patna, To be honest I was aware about Golghar Patna. I search on Google for Golghar Patna & I found just your post & some pictures of Golghar. Thanks Shalu

  5. this is the first time i know about Godhar!!! i loves your blogs because you always share some thing new and interesting about India. thank u very much for introducing us with these beautiful places of India

  6. its a most beautiful building like TAG MEHAL. i seen this building just a first time but it is beautiful. thanks for sharing some new interested article and beautiful building pics.

    • hi gautam,
      i have also been over there,its a great oval shaped structure…but lots of stairs to climb over the top.but intrsting structure.

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  8. Indeed it was build for storing grain, but I have read somewhere that no grain was stored even once after its completion. Rather, it was used for storing arms and ammunition by the British Army. Is it correct ?

  9. It has a history of Bihar so its a most memorable place while being in Patna. I am certainly visit here on my net visit to Bihar. Thank you for information with historical fact. Its fantastic article.


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