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Kumrahar Excavations

Kumrahar Excavations

·  Summer: March-July (27°C - 39°C)
·  Winter: October –March  (11°C – 32°C)
·  Monsoon: July-September


Best time to visit:  September – March

Opening Time: 9:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 5:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Monday

Entry Fees for Indians Adults:  INR 5
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Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals Adults:  INR 100
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Kumrahar excavations have unearthed the remnants of the ancient city of Pataliputra under the reign of the Mauryan period. It is located 5 km. to the east from Patna Railway Station on Kankarbagh Road. The relics excavated belong to a series of four continuous periods of rule of the celebrated rulers of Ajatasatru, Chandragupta and Ashoka from 600 BC. to 600 AD.

Some of the findings during the excavations include the ‘Eighty Pillared Hall’, which include bits of 80 pillars made of black sandstone monoliths. Some opine that this hall was the venue of the Third Buddhist Council in 250 BCE, in Patliputra, during the rule of Emperor Asoka. Kumrahar excavations also included the foundation of the Buddhist monastery, Anand Bihar, wooden beams and clay figurines among others. Another interesting discovery had been that of Arogya Vihar, headed by Dhanvantari, considered as the father of Ayurveda and Durakhi Devi Temple stone figures dating back to the 1st century.

The Kumrahar Excavations are displayed in the form of photographs and other articles for the benefit of the tourists who wish to take a peek to the golden past of India.
Connectivites

Road: National highways (19, 30, 31 and 83) link Patna to all parts of the country. The Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation offers deluxe bus/car rental services

Railway: Nearest railhead is Patna, which is only 6 km. away. You can hire auto rickshaw or taxi to reach the excavation site.

Airway: Patna Airport or Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport conducts regular flight services to all the major cities in the country. Taxis are convenient option to reach the Kumrahar Excavations from the airport.

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