Patna is a fascinating city and regarded as one of the oldest places of continuous human settlement in the world, with its history dating back to 490 BCE and the area sometimes also known as known as ‘the Ancient city of Pataliputra’. Located in the state of Bihar, Patna is one of the fastest growing cities in India and the world and as such it is a thriving center for business. For expats living in Patna, there are a number of historical attractions to visit, which are also a draw for tourists, including the Municipal Museum, known for having over 50,000 rare art objects whilst Har Mandir Saheb is also another popular place to visit, and is the birthplace of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Jee, the 10th Sikh Guru. Popular sports in Patna include cricket, with the Moin-ul-Haq Stadium serving as a major stadium in the area, and the Indian wrestling sport Kabbadi. Expats living in Patna will further be able to enjoy the city’s many shopping and leisure areas as well as sample the famous local cuisine.
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Patna is described as having a humid subtropical climate, and is known for having hot summer periods and mild winters as well as a monsoon season through June to September. Expatriates moving to Patna will find that the city has an excellent public transport network, with a number of buses and trains running through the city, whilst other areas in India are accessible by rail and road, as well as by air through the city’s Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport. Patna has a number of schools and is a major educational center in the area, whilst there are also international schools in the city suitable for any expatriate moving to Patna with children. The University of Patna is also located in the city, whilst a new international university is due to open in 2014.
Patna is an important economic center and is a producer and exporter of a number of products including sesame, sugar cane, Patna rice and more, making agriculture one of the major industries in the city. A number of businesses are also present in the city, ensuring that there are various opportunities for expats working in Patna in areas such as finance, law, civic administration and others, whilst education and tourism are similarly common areas for employment. The city is known for being an important center for designer and luxury brands in the area, with opportunities for expats in Patna to work in the city’s retail and leisure industry. Expatriates looking for more information about working in Patna could benefit from joining the InterNations online expat community, where they can socialize, network, and connect with fellow expats in order to get valuable advice about work abroad as well as other areas such as housing and education.