“My heritage has been my grounding, and it has brought me peace.” – Maureen O’Hara
During the 17th century, Patna became a centre of international trade. In 1620, the English East India Company established a factory in Patna for trade in calico and silk. Soon it became a trading centre for saltpetre. Francois Bernier, in Travels in the Mogul Empire, AD 1656–1668, says, "It [saltpetre] is carried down the Ganges with great facility, and the Dutch and English send large cargoes to many parts of the Indies, and to Europe". This trade encouraged other Europeans, principally the French, Danish, Dutch and Portuguese, to compete in the lucrative business. Peter Mundy, writing in 1632, described Patna as "the greatest part of the eastern region". During this tour, we will visit the Mahavir Temple and the Rizwan Castle. The Mahavir Temple was originally established by Swami Balanand around 1730 AD. The Mahavir Mandir Trusts have the second highest budget in North India after the famous Maa Vaishno Devi shrine. The Rizwan Castle is one of the oldest heritage sites in Patna. This structure was built in the year 1890. In 1912, during the Patna Congress, Mahatma Gandhi was known to have stayed in this castle.
This guided tour is free.