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Allahabad is a city in Uttar Pradesh state, north India. Triveni Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and "invisible" Saraswati rivers, is considered holy by Hindus. It’s near the 16th-century Allahabad Fort, built by Mughal Emperor Akbar. In the fort are the ancient sandstone Ashoka Pillar, the underground Patalpuri Temple and a sacred banyan tree. The Allahabad Museum has Rajasthani miniature paintings.
Allahabad stands on the site of ancient Prayag, a holy city that was comparable in fame to Varanasi and Haridwar (Uttarakhand) state. Prayag’s importance in the ancient Buddhist period of Indian history is attested by the inscriptions on a pillar attributed to the 3rd-century-bce Mauryan emperor Ashoka. The pillar—which is believed to have been erected in a nearby locality and moved to Allahabad in Mughal times—still stands inside the gateway to the old Allahabad fort, which is situated strategically at the confluence of the two rivers. The site’s religious importance to Hinduism persists. Each year a festival takes place at the rivers’ confluence, and every 12th year a much larger festival, Kumbh Mela, is attended by millions of devotees.
Allahabad has long been primarily an administrative and educational centre. It has a modest industrial base and is a marketplace for agricultural products. Tourism has grown in importance in the region, visitors being drawn to the many historic and religious sites located within and near the city. The administrative and professional sector and a military cantonment (base) are located north of the city proper. Allahabad is a major road and rail hub and is served by a nearby airport. The University of Allahabad (1887) has a number of affiliated colleges, and there is an aviation training centre. The city has several museums. Allahabad has a Government House dating from the British period, Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals, and the Jāmiʿ Masjid, or Great Mosque.
In 2018 the government of Uttar Pradesh decided to change the name of the city to Prayagraj. The name change generated significant controversy among many residents of the city and faced challenges as it awaited official approval from the union government.
The surrounding area lies entirely on the Indo-Gangtic Plain. Rice, barley, wheat, and gram (chickpeas) are among the region’s chief crops. The ancient sites of Pratisthanpur (Hindu) and Kaushambi (Buddhist) are near the city
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Experience Time: 2 - 3 Hour
Distance: 10 KM
Allahabad Museum, inaugurated in 1947 by the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru is one of the best-kept museums in India. The museum is known for it’s separate galleries which are devoted to archaeological findings, art gallery, natural history exhibits and artefacts.
The museum has a large collection of displays that are showcased across 18 galleries.. The objects that are featured inside the museum include prehistoric and Indus Valley antiquities, bronzes, seals, miniature paintings, stone sculpture and terracotta. Some of the other items that are showcased are Buddhist thanks, textiles, weapons and medieval land grants along with the documents and the personal effects of Nehru. In addition, the museum also features antiquities from most of the renowned schools of sculptures, which include Gandhara, Mathura, Sarnath and Kaushambi.
Nevertheless, one of the most interesting displays in the museum is the beautiful terracotta collection. This entire collection of terracotta is counted among the largest of it’s kind in the whole world. The oldest terracotta, which is showcased in the museum dates back to the fall of Indus valley civilization. The subject of these terracottas includes amorous scenes, dancing, bacchanalian feasts and hunts. In addition, the museum also has coin collection, which includes Kushana and Gupta gold coins. On the other hand, the manuscripts that are on display are mainly in Sanskrit, which dates back to the 16th century.
Distance: 8 KM
Anand Bhawan, located in the heart of the city is the ancestral home of the first Prime-Minister of India and the freedom fighter, Jawaharlal Nehru. The bhawan has also been home to Indira Gandhi, who was also known as the "Iron Lady of India". At present, this place has turned into a fine museum. Several momentous decisions and events related to the freedom struggle also took place inside this bhawan. The main building houses a museum, which showcases the memorabilia of the Nehru family.
In 1970, Anand Bhawan was donated to Government of India by Indira Gandhi. However, this place was later converted into a museum on her behest. The exhibits inside the house highlight the events, which describes the participation of prestigious family in independence of India. The most beautiful parts of the museum are the bedroom of Nehru and his study.
In addition, there is a room which is especially dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, well known as the father of the Indian Nation. He used to stay in this room during his visits to the city. Besides, there is a room which is dedicated to Indira Gandhi where all her belongings are housed. The drawing room of the museum houses the belongings of Moti Lal as well as of Jawaharlal Nehru.
Another interesting section of the place is the study where tourists can glance through several bookshelves that are equipped with titles dedicated to Marx and Lenin. Outside the bhawan, there is an outhouse that houses a picture gallery. This gallery is entirely dedicated to the life of Jawaharlal Nehru.
Distance: 5 KM
Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, also known as Alfred Park is the biggest park of Allahabad. Born on 23rd July 1906, Chandra Shekhar Azad was a freedom fighter and is also considered to be the mentor of Bhagat Singh. The park is bounded by Darbhanga Colony, Georgetown and Civil Lines. Within the park premises there is a memorial dedicated to Chandra Shekhar Azad, some nurseries, the Allahabad Museum and the Madan Mohan Malviya Stadium. The park is open from 4:00am to 8:00pm.
Company Gardens, also called Alfred Park, is located at the heart of the Allahabad city. It is not only the biggest and most beautiful gardens in the city, but also witness to an important incident of India's freedom struggle during the last century.
It was at this garden that the brave heart of freedom struggle Chandra Shekhar Azad was forced to take his own life when he was about to be captured by British force. A statue of Azad, erected at the place where he died, is the main attraction of Company Gardens.
Families visiting the park can find other attractions like the statues of King George V and Victoria installed at the centre of this garden. There is a small play area for children as well.
The garden, situated just behind the Allahabad Museum, is easily accessible from all parts of the city. The park is open to public from 5 AM to 11 PM and there is no entry fee. The best time to visit the place would be evenings during the months of November to March.
Other tourist attractions located nearby are Anand Bhavan, Sangam, ISCKON Temple, Hanuman Temple and Allahabad Fort, to list a few.
Experience Time: 3 - 4 Hour
Triveni Sangam, located at a distance of 7 km from the Civil Lines is one of the most famous tourist attractions of the city. It is the confluence of the three rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. It is also believed to be the same spot where the drops of holy nectar fell.
It is the holiest point in Allahabad and a dip in the Triveni is believed to free one, of all sins. Tourists visiting Sangam can hire boats to take a dip into this holy water. Boats are available at the ghat immediately to the east of the fort. This Sangam is extremely crowded during the Kumbha and Ardh Kumbha Melas.
Boats are available at INR30.05 per visitor. The official prices of the boat ranges from INR99.58 to INR119.77. However at peak season prices rises to INR 249.41.
All Saints Cathedral, located on the M.G Road is one of the famous cathedrals in Allahabad. Constructed in the 19th century, the entire cathedral is built in Gothic style. The church was designed by one of the eminent architect, Sir William Emerson. He was the one who also designed the Victoria Memorial; located in Kolkata.
A glimpse of stained-glass murals can be seen. In addition, the church is also known for the intricate work and designs done on the marble altar. Popularly known as “Patthar Girija", the church is one of the holy places in Allahabad.
The Jawahar Planetarium is located in the city of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, India. It was built in 1979 and is situated beside Anand Bhavan the former residence of the Nehru-Gandhi family and now a museum. It is managed by the 'Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund' (established 1964), which has its headquarters at Teen Murti House, New Delhi.
Each year, the prestigious 'Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Lecture' is also held at the planetarium, organised under the auspices of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund on the birth anniversary of India's first prime minister, 14 November.
Thornhill Mayne Memorial, located in the company garden is popularly known as Public Library. The monument holds historical significance owing to the fact that it served as the house of legislative assembly during the British era. During this time, Allahabad was the capital of United Provinces. Carved from white sandstones, the entire building is constructed in Gothic Style.
The Allahabad High Court is among the first courts that were established in India. The state of Uttar Pradesh falls under the jurisdiction of the court since 1950. It was built by Khan Saheb Nizamuddin of Loha Mundi. The court has 160 judges.
Distance: 9 KM
Mankameshwar temple is located along the banks of river Yamuna. Situated in close proximity to Saraswati Ghat, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to the Hindu calendar, in Sawan month, Mondays are considered auspicious. Therefore, most of the devotees pay visit to the temple during this time only. This temple lies under the jurisdiction of Jagath Guru Shankaracharya.
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Khusro Bagh, located close to Allahabad railway station, is one of the popular tourist destinations in Allahabad. The park holds a huge historical significance as it houses the tomb of Prince Khusro. Prince Khusro was one of the sons of Emperor Jahangir.
Prince Khusro was brutally executed in the war of succession. The facts state that during the fight of succession, Prince Khurram, who was also the son of Jahangir eliminated Khusro. After that he wrested the power from his father as well. Later as the time passed, Prince Khurram grew up to become Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal in the loving memory of his deceased wife.
Located near to this tomb is another unoccupied tomb, which was intended for his sister. In addition, there is another tomb which was constructed for Khusro's mother. She poisoned herself in despair as she was not able to handle Khusro's opposition of his father Jahangir.
Alepidevi Temple is located in Alepibagh area in Allahabad. The temple is situated close to the holy Sangam. Perhaps This is the only Hindu temple located in Allahabad, which does not have any idol of a deity.
Besides, there is a wooden swing kept inside this temple, worshipped by several devotees visiting the temple. This wooden swing or the 'doli' has been placed above a square platform with a small pool.
In front of this temple, Shankaracharya Ashram of Jyothishpeeth is situated. Alepidevi, which is also known as the Red Goddess is believed to be the guarding deity for the local populace. As a result of this the deity Alepidevi is worshipped in every festival such as marriage, birth and death along with every significant occasion.
Shankar Viman Mandapam, located in proximity to Triveni is 130-feet-high. It is a four-storied structure that houses the idols of Kumari Bhatt, Jagatguru Shankaracharya and Kamakshi Devi. In addition, idols of Tirupati Balaji and Yogashastra Sahasrayogam Linga are also present in this temple.
Shivkoti Mahadev Temple, located near Triveni is situated on the banks of river Yamuna, which is directly opposite to the Allahabad Fort. Popularly known as Someshwar Mahadev Temple, the temple houses the deity Someshwar Mahadev, which is the ‘Rudra Roop’ of Lord Shankar. In addition, the deity is also known by the name ‘Ekadaksh Rudra’, which implies that Shankar is one of the forms of Rudra. The best time to visit this temple is on any Monday. Moreover, the annual fair is held in the Shravan Month, which is roughly in the period of July-August according to the English calendar.
Muir College is a mix of Gothic and Indian architectural elements which was designed by William Emerson. The college was established in 1886 and was commenced in 1874. Muir College houses an arcade quadrangle, which is dominated by a 200 feet minaret tower. This minaret tower is cream in colour and is made from sandstone brought from Mirzapur, which has marble and mosaic floors.
Ewing Christian College (ECC), formerly Allahabad Christian College, is an autonomous constituent college of University of Allahabad, located in Allahabad, India.
The college was established in 1902 by Arthur Henry Ewing, a prominent Presbyterian missionary, as an initiative of the East India Company. It became one of the premier colleges for excellence in higher education and research in India.
The college was conferred with the status of College with Potential for Excellence by the University Grants Commission in 2005 and accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
ISKCON temple in Allahabad, Sri Sri Radha Veni Madhava Mandir is built at the banks of holy Yamuna River. Inaugurated in the year 1995 this temple is located at Kasiraj nagar, Baluaghat, in Allahabad.
The ISKCON temple has a beautiful idol of the divine couple Sri Sri Radha-VenimÃÆÃÂ¤dhava which was installed in the year 2003. They have a small Guest House, and a go-shala. They maintain a dozen cows and bulls where the visitors can pay their respect to the Go-mata.
The temple also owns a small patch of cultivable land. Visitors find it peaceful to meditate and relax here. One can attend the Aarti which is a soothing and spectacular ceremony. Most appropriate visiting hours are from 11 in the morning and after five in the evening
This temple is open to all and even casual tourists can visit the temple. The best time to visit the place would be during the months of November to March.
Other tourist attractions located nearby are Anand Bhavan, Company Bagh, Sangam, Hanuman Temple and Allahabad Fort, to list a few.
The temple is easily accessible through local modes of transport from all parts of Allahabad.
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