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A few kilometres away from Varanasi, Allahabad is reminiscent of all that is spiritual and sacred in Hinduism. The largest city in Uttar Pradesh, Allahabad is famous for being the meeting point of three rivers - the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the Saraswati. Built on the site of the ancient town of Prayag, Allahabad has, since time immemorial, held the largest Hindu gathering on the banks of the Sangam' the Maha Kumbh Mela. While Allahabad is often passed over for more travel-friendly cities, there is a lot to Allahabad besides just its religion. The places oozes heritage, history, and stories galore, and once you visit the place, you will definitely have seen Allahabad differently for having travelled to and through it.
Allahabad is most famous for being home to the Triveni Sangam – the spot where the three holy rivers meet and become one. One of the top places to visit in Allahabad if you’re spiritually inclined (and even if you’re not because this place deserves a visit), Triveni Sangam is a place bustling with tourists and locals all year round. The Maha Kumbh Mela is a religious occasion that is held here every twelve years and is attended by millions of pilgrims from all across the globe.
Allahabad is more than just its religion though, and the Khusro Bagh is probably the town’s most appealing surprise element. Named after Khusro Mirza, the son of Mughal Emperor Jahangir, the tombs of Khusro Bagh, as well as its wall art and stone carvings, clearly reflect the architecture of the Mughal period. The Allahabad Fort is another monument of historical significance and is heritage site recognized by the UNESCO. Built during the reign of Akbar, this fort is also a fine example of the curation and craftsmanship of the Mughal era.
Other popular places to visit in Allahabad include the Anand Bhavan, the All Saints Cathedral, the Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, and the Allahabad Museum.
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Experience Time: 2-4 hrs
Distance: 4 kms
Located about 7 kilometres from the Civil Lines Township in Allahabad, the Triveni Sangam is the junction point of three rivers - Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati (which is a mythical river, supposed to have dried up millenniums ago). Both Ganga and Yamuna are extremely revered rivers in Indian mythology, and hence the confluence point of these rivers has attained extremely high religious importance.
According to Hindu mythology, taking a bath in the holy Sangam is supposed to flush away all of the sins of the bather and free him or her from the cycle of rebirth. Also, the Sangam itself is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit. The brownish Ganga meeting the greenish Yamuna is indeed a sight to behold. If you take a boat ride to the gently flowing waters of Ganga and Yamuna, you'll be able to make out the difference in colours of water from the two rivers. There are also makeshift wooden banks made at the Sangam. Hence, devotees who want can take a bath right at the confluence point. The water is clean enough at the Sangam for a bath, especially during the winters; and also not very deep, so it is fun to take a dip in the water here.
The Sangam undergoes a complete transformation and adorns an altogether different look when the world famous Kumbh Mela takes place here. The joy and peace that one finds at the sight of thousands of pilgrims gathered together cannot be described in words, and is an experience that can only be felt.
Distance: 2 kms
The Kumbh Mela, widely regarded as the largest gathering of pilgrims in the world, is a very important event for Hinduism. Held in at four different areas, a great number of Hindus arrive at the fair to bathe in the holy rivers, a ritual meant to cleans them of sin and bring purity to their lives. The Kumbh Mela is held every three years in a rotation between Haridwar, Allahabad, Nashik, and Ujjain, thus occurring once every twelve years at each destination. The Kumbh Mela in Allahabad is held at Prayaga, the site of the convergence of the three holy rivers of Ganga, Yamuna, and Sarasvati, known as Triveni Sangam. Ardh Kumbh Melas are organised every six years at Haridwar and Allahabad.
During the fair, the temples of the area are fully lit up and decorated in honour of the sacred celebration. Spread across 55 days, the glorious Kumbh Mela involves the sacred tradition of bathing at the Triveni Sangam, accompanied by devotional singing, religious discussion, and mass feeding of the poor and the holy. This fair is also primarily attended to view the various religious and traditional aspects of the different sects of Hinduism. Many sadhus and saints of Hinduism are present here, some of whom are only visible to the public during this auspicious event. Devout sects like the Naga Sadhus, who never wear any clothes and are always smeared in ash; Urdhwavahurs, non-indulgent in physical pleasures; Parivajakas, having taken a vow of silence; Kalpawasis, who bathe three times a day, and Shirshasins, who stand for all 24 hours and meditate, transform the location to a truly holly affair, resembling a land from another realm.The respectful observation of the religious diversity is known as 'Darshan', considered an essential ritual of this festival.
Distance: 3 kms
This planetarium was built beside Anand Bhawan in 1979 and is also known as the Jawahar Museum. It features a moon model and also features a part where visitors can find their weight on Moon and Jupiter.
Experience Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Allahabad, Khusro Bagh was built by King Jahangir for his son Khusro. The tombstone of the prince lies in this garden along with that of his mother Shah Begum.
Experience Time: Less than 1 hour
Allahabad Fort is a splendid work of architecture that was built during the reign of Akbar, the Mughal Emperor of Allahabad in 1583. The marvellous structure is located on the banks of the confluence of the Rivers Ganga and Yamuna in the North-Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Allahabad Fort is known as the largest fort ever built by Akbar. This famous attraction draws thousands of tourists from all over the world only because of its historical importance and architectural magnificence. The glorious architecture and the massive build of the monuments as it stands strong on the banks of the confluence of the two rivers is a sight to die for.
Today, the Allahabad Fort is of immense National Importance and is managed by the Archaeological Survey of India. Quite unfortunately, access to the fort is generally closed to the common public. Tourists are allowed inside only during the Kumbh Mela, which is held once every 12 years. This is quite a big occasion - especially for a lot of locals who have heard stories and legends about this fort but haven't got a chance to visit it in person. The fort is also quite well known for its Akshayavat Tree (Banyan Tree) which, according to a legend, was used by the locals to commit suicide to gain release from the human life. For those who wish to see the Akshayavat Tree, entry is allowed through a small gate to only the area that is occupied by the magnificent tree. The best way to explore the Allahabad Fort from outside is on a boat ride in the river either during sunrise or sunsets.
Placed outside the Allahabad Fort, this 16th century structure was constructed by Emperor Akbar. The exterior of the Ashoka Pillar has inscriptions from Ashoka in the Brahmi script. Even Samudragupta and Jahangir have added some inscriptions later in the Gupta script, a refined version of Brahmi.
Experience Time: 1-2 hrs
Allahabad Museum gives the visitors a beautiful insight into the history, culture, heritage and independence movement of India. The museum is situated inside the famous Chandrashekar Azad park, where he sacrificed his life. It is surrounded by lush green gardens all around it, which gives the museum a very pleasant feel. The museum is most famous for its rock sculptors, the miniature paintings from Rajasthan, terracotta from Kaushambi, literary and artwork from Bengal School of Art.
The museum displays some great artefacts of the art, history, archaeology, architecture, environment and literature. Beginning from the historic era of Harappan civilisation, the artefacts of the medieval period, the carvings from the Gupta period and Khajuraho, to the Independence struggle of India against the British, Allahabad museum is a treasure of Indian history.
Recently, a new rock gallery was inaugurated in the museum which showcases the pre-historic rock arts. There is also a gallery for the Allahabad museum green project, where you can witness the eco-life of the present and past in the digital from. The museum also houses a large collection of Bengal School of Art and Modern Painting of Anagarika Govind, Nicholas and Svetoslav Roerich.
Experience Time: 2-3 hrs
Anand Bhavan is the former residence of Nehru family which has now been transformed into a museum showcasing various artefacts and articles of the era of Independence movement in India. When the prior residence of Nehru's family Swaraj Bhavan started to be used as an office of Indian National Congress, a new Nehru residence was designed by Motilal Nehru, a notable independence movement leader, and politician.
The double-storey mansion was personally designed by Motilal Nehru. The house was beautifully adorned with the wooden furniture imported from China and Europe and was decorated with various artefacts from all around the world. The mansion has an important historic value not only because of its construction but also for the major role that it has played in the history of India. It was visited by many famous freedom fighters to develop the conspiracies to drive Britishers out of the country. In the year, 1970, Anand Bhavan was donated to Indian government by Indira Gandhi, to convert it into a National museum to keep intact the legacy of Nehru family.
The old Anand Bhawan which was donated by Motilal Nehru was then renamed as the Swaraj Bhawan. It once served as the headquarters of the Congress Committee.
Distance: 0 kms
Organised every year in the pristine city of Allahabad, Magh Mela is the mini version of the famous Kumbh Mela. Taking place at the confluence of the three great Indian rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati at Prayag near Allahabad, the mela is held in the Hindu month of Magh every year and is a much-awaited event amongst the pilgrims.
The mela attracts a large number of tourists and pilgrims every year, looking forward to washing their sins off in the holy river at the time of the mela, which is spread over a period of 45 days. The Mela gets its name from its occurrence in the Hindu month of “Magh” or the month of February in the Gregorian calendar. Numerous arrangements are made all over to accommodate the massive crowd the mela observes, thus making it one of the must visit the religious festival in the country.
Colloquially known as Bade Hanuman Mandir, Hanuman Temple is located at Sangam area of Allahabad. The temple is possibly the only one of its kind for it is constructed under the ground and the posture of Lord Hanuman is in a leaning back position. The shrine is a popular pilgrim spot in the city and stays especially busy on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Distance: 4.2 kms
Located behind the Allahabad Museum on Panna Lal Road, Company Garden is a beautiful garden full of shady trees and blooming shrubs. The park houses massive statuettes of George V and Victoria in the centre of the garden. As of now, the park is used by the kids for recreational purposes and by the elderly for evening and morning walks.
Distance: 5.1 kms
Originally known as Alfred Park during the British colonial era, Chandrashekhar Azad Park or better known as Company Bagh is a public garden in George town in Allahabad. Spread over an area of 133 acres, the park was constructed to mark the visit of Prince Alfred in the city and till date continues to be the largest park in the city.
Distance: 3.4 kms
Established in 2004, the newly designed cable stayed New Yamuna Bridge over the river Yamuna, was built to minimise traffic flow on the Old Naini Bridge in Allahabad. The bridge runs from northern to southern Allahabad connecting it to the neighborhood of Naina. Running over 1510 metres, the bridge is supported by cables to its deck.
Built in the late 19th century, All Saints Cathedral or Patthar Girja is a spectacular Anglican Christian Church on M G Marg, Allahabad. Constructed in the gothic style architecture, the church boasts of intricately carved glass panels and marble altars. One of the most beautiful churches in all of the world, the shrine is thronged by tourists and pilgrims alike.
Distance: 4.6 kms
The state High Court for Uttar Pradesh is based in Allahabad, known as Allahabad High Court or High Court of Judicature at Allahabad. Built in 1869, the court is one of the earliest to be established in the country. The court practices jurisdiction over the entire state of Uttar Pradesh and has the highest number of serving judges in India i.e. 160.
Distance: 5 kms
Instituted on 23rd of September 1887, Allahabad University (or University of Allahabad) is a public central university situated in the Old Katra area of Allahabad. The university is considered to be amongst the oldest modern day universities of India. Several colleges are affiliated to the university which offer courses in a plethora of fields.
Distance: 2.7 kms
Located at Alopibagh, near the holy sangam (confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) in Allahabad, Alopi Devi Mandir is an atypical temple revered by the Hindus. The temple is unique in the sense that it does not have any presiding deity but a wooden chariot •doliê which is mostly worshipped by the devotees of Lord Shiva.
Distance: 2.5 kms
Situated on the banks of river Yamuna, in the vicinity of Saraswati Ghat in Allahabad, Mankameshwar Temple is a revered Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Enshrined by the shivalinga in the form of Shiva, the temple is thronged by pilgrims especially on Mondays and during Navratri.
Distance: 4.4 kms
Located inside the Allahabad Fort complex in Patalpuri Temple, Akshaya Vat or Akshayvat is an ancient fig tree. After 2011, this tree can only be visited after seeking permission Commandant of Allahabad Fort's Ordnance Depot. Only on a single day during the Kumbh Mela festival, this sacred site is open for public visits.
Distance: 4.3 kms
Built in 1979 and situated beside Anand Bhavan in Allenganj area of Allahabad, Jawahar Planetarium was a former home of the Gandhi-Nehru family. The planetarium has a seating capacity of over 80 people and organises spectacular shows on space, celestial bodies and solar system. Besides, the complex houses several scientific models for fun kid activities.
Distance: 4.5 kms
Constructed along the banks of river Yamuna in Allahabad, Minto Park is a lush green park which was formerly known as Madan Mohan Malviya Park. The highlight of the park is the white stone sculpture of four fierce looking lions on either side. Besides, the park is replete with huge shady trees and verdant greenery and is a popular recreation spot in the city.
Located on the Alfred Park area of Allahabad, Allahabad Public Library or formerly known as Thornhill Mayne Memorial is the largest library in the state of Uttar Pradesh. As of now, the massive collection amounts to around 125,000 books, 40 types of magazines and 28 different newspapers in English, Hindi, Urdu and Bengali and contains 21 Arabic manuscripts.
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