With a population of more than two million, Patna is a large city, and the second largest in eastern India. Founded in 490 BCE, it's a city with ancient roots, and its foundation lies on the south bank of the River Ganges. Formerly known as Pataliputra, it has been home to many prominent astrologists and scholars. This cultural heritage presents itself in many of the city's landmarks. Among the many attractions here is the Patna Planetarium, one of the biggest in Asia.
You can get flights to Patna from 10 different UK cities including Newcastle, Belfast and London. All these options include a stopover, and often even two. Fly there with Etihad Airways or Jet Airways. You'll find the journey could last up to 30 hours, so make sure you bring some entertainment with you!
Patna's hottest months are from April - June with searing temperatures in the mid 40°Cs. The monsoon season runs from late June - September and the coolest time of year is from November - February, which is when nights can get chilly.