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Location : 135 km west of Varanasi
Also Known As : Prayag, Sangam, Triveni
What To See : Allahabad Fort, Anand Bhawan, Allahabad University
Famous For : Maha Kumbh Mela

Allahabad Dive For A Divine Quest

Devotees taking bath Sangam, Allahabad
Devotees taking bath Sangam, Allahabad

Allahabad or Prayag as it was once called, has been a Hindu pilgrimage city for thousands of years. It is the revered city of union affording the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the mythological Saraswati, at Sangam. It is the place where a once in 12 years festival the Kumbh Mela is staged, witnessing the largest ablution event of the world. Renowned for its world class university, Allahabad has given the country some of its most eminent political leaders and scholars. The name was given to the city by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1583. The "Allah" in the name does not come from Allah as God's name in Islam but from the Din-Ilahi, which was the religion founded by the Mughal emperor. Nestling 135 km west of Varanasi in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, this peaceful city can be a quiet retreat for those looking for a tranquil holiday.

Experience The Revered Attractions of The City

Anand Bhavan
Anand Bhavan

The city is divided into two distinct quarters; the well planned Civil Lines, once the home for the Raj administrators, and the old congested Chowk area. Experience the colonial days at the Gothic All Saints' Cathedral designed by Sir William Emerson. With its exquisite stained glass windows and its historical brass plaques, the cathedral is worth a visit. Hire a 'tonga' (horse cart) and leave for the rejuvenating breeze of the Ganges at Sangam. After slicing a few kilometres of sand, you will come across the colossal Allahabad Fort, nestling on the pristine sands of the peacock-blue Yamuna, near the confluence site. Once it was unrivalled for its design, construction and craftsmanship. Today, only a part of its grandeur peeps through the unsurpassable barricade of Indian Army for the visitors.

Wander around the sun-kissed ramparts to see the amazing Saraswati 'Kup' (well), said to be the source of the legendary Saraswati river. The gigantic Ashoka Pillar in red sandstone dates back to 232 BC. Try to read the curious Persian inscriptions of Emperor Jahangir engraved on it, commemorating his accession to the throne. The impressive florals and motifs at the Jodhabai's palace is surely going to enchant you. Spare out some time to touch the green leaves of the famous Akshaya Vat (immortal tree) roosting in the underground Patalpuri Temple. Ask the caretaker and he will entertain you with many interesting stories of Hindu mythology. Believed to have been visited by Lord Rama, the temple also affords the footprints of the famous globe-trotter Hiuen Tsang.

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Spend your evenings exploring the broad, shady avenues of Civil Lines, reverberating with the modern aroma floating in its Raj-style bungalows, bustling shopping areas, opulent hotels and calling restaurants. Incidentally, you will find most of the action here. Turn the pages of history at Anand Bhawan, the ancestral home of the Nehru family, now turned into a fine museum of memorabilia. Feel like a teenager at the sprawling Allahabad University campus, with the students running for their next class amidst pillars that mark Victorian and Islamic architectural styles. Meet the students and know more about the university, famed as the 'Oxford of the East' in the 19th century, the revered shrine of knowledge also holds the world record to deliver world's first letter by airmail (from Prayag to Naini, just a few km. across the river Yamuna).

Maha Kumbh Mela - Sangam Let The Holy Ganga Purify You

Kumbh Mela, Allahabad
Kumbh Mela, Allahabad

In the morning, hire a 'phatphat'or 'Vikram' (local taxis) and leave for the most visited pilgrimage destination in Allahabad, the hallowed yet serene Sangam. Nestling on the wide flood plains and muddy banks overlooking the eastern ramparts of the colossal Allahabad fort, the sacred Sangam sees the confluence of three of the holiest rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. Rent a boat from the ghat immediately east of the fort at the recommended government rate to reach Triveni Sangam, where you can actually see the muddy and pale yellow water of Ganges merging with emerald water of Yamuna. If you happen to be during the famous Kumbh Mela, held in every 12 years, you will see that the deserted banks come to life with millions of devout from all across the country. The sun-kissed sands reverberate with holy ceremonies and ritual ablutions, performed by the saffron-hued 'pandas' (priests) in the shallow waters. One can even see the sheared hairs of the pilgrims who come to offer 'pind' (food for spirits) for their deceased ancestors.

Getting There

Allahabad's Civil Lines is an area of broad avenues, picturesque Raj-era bungalows, colourful modern shops and elegant outdoor eating stalls. The place is separated from the dense, older part of the town, known as Chowk, by Allahabad Junction. Nearby airports are at Lucknow (210 km) and Varanasi (140 km). The city of confluence has four railway stations Prayag Station, City Station, Daraganj Station and the Allahabad Junction. The latter serves as the main entry to the city, and is comfortably connected to Delhi and Kolkata through broad gauge lines. Besides Allahabad is located on NH 2 and 27, both are in good condition and connects Sangam to all major destinations of the state. The main bus terminus, the Civil Lines bus stand is located in the posh sector. Besides, the city also has two more bus junctions catering to different directions. Tourist taxis, auto-rickshaws and tempos are available for local transport and the rates are usually negotiable. City bus service also connects various parts of the town.

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Allahabad

Sangam, Allahabad

The Confluence of Faith
The sacred city of Allahabad affords the union of India's three most religious rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the legendary Saraswati. Reach the Triveni Sangam, and you can actually see the muddy and pale yellow water of Ganges merging with emerald water of Yamuna.

The Seat of Salvation At Prayag
Referred to as 'Tirthraja' (King of Pilgrimages), Allahabad flaunts of hosting the largest religious fair in India, the Maha Kumbh Mela. The Mela is famous for the presence of an unbelievable array of religious ascetics sadhus and mahants who come down from remote hideaways in forests, mountains and caves of Himalayas.

Allahabad University Enlighting Since Ages
Famed as one of the most famous universities of India, the seat of knowledge has a sprawling campus, graced by fine buildings made in Victorian and Islamic architectural styles.

Look For The Ashoka Pillar
Don't miss to see the gigantic Ashoka Pillar in red sandstone nestling in the voluminous Allahabad Fort complex that dates back to 232 BC. Try to read the curious Persian inscriptions of Emperor Jahangir engraved on it, commemorating his accession to the throne.

Shop A Little of Allahabad
Tourists can visit the Civil Lines and Chowk area to pick up memories of their vacation in Allahabad. Bargaining is a norm here, so do not hesitate to bring down the prices. For rural handicraft items, visit the government emporia nestling in Civil Lines.

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