Patna, Mar 11: In a bid to attract more visitors to the state capital, particularly towards ancient sites and monuments, the Bihar Tourism Department is planning to bring out a 96 page 'Coffee Table Book' showcasing the city's numerous heritage and ancient sites.
Tourism Department sources informed here today that the book, to be published soon,would provide necessary informations and data about the scores of heritage buildings, tourist spots and ancient sites in and around Patna, previously known as 'Pataliputra'.
A five-member expert committee, comprising senior archaeologists and architects, had recently been formed under the chairmanship of Cultural Secretary Vivek Kumar Singh,the sources said. The Committee was busy selecting the sites, important locations and heritage buildings in the city.
''We are also planning to convert some of the areas around the city where some ancient architectural marvels still exist as new tourist spots for visitors from outside,'' the sources, quoting the Director of state Archaeology Department, said.
Incidentally, more than 50 ancient sites and monuments and as many medieval architectural marvels exist in and around Patna city though most city dwellers did not know their historical importance and were ignorant,the sources added and pointed out that all of these, accompanied by glossy photographs, would find a place in the book,possibly the first of its kind in the country.