: Patna (Bihar).
: Captain John Garstin.
Golghar or the round house, the huge granary was built in 1786 by Captain John Garstin, at the request of the then proprietor, Warren Hastings. Bihar experienced severe draught that resulted in acute food shortage in the year 1770. Alarmed by the condition faced by the people, this massive granary was constructed for the British army.
A flight of steps winds round this 29m high building to the top from where one gets a fine view of the river
Ganga and Patna city.
Overlooking the river and the plains, it looks like the upper half of a gigantic, decorated Easter egg, with the spiral stairway winding around this monument, adding to its embellishment. It offers a magnificent breathtaking view of the city and the river Ganges, flowing nearby.
The twisting staircase was so designed, in order to make easy the passage of the coolies, who had to carry grain-bags up one flight, deliver their load through a hole at the top, and descend the other stairs.