Allahabad Travel Guide
India is a country which has diversified culture, history and religions. Almost, every city in this country is famous for one or another religious place. One of those happens to be Allahabad. Allahabad, also known as illahabad and Prayag is a metropolitan city located in one of the northern states of India named Uttar Pradesh.
The city lies close to Triveni Sangam, which in English is referred to as “three-river confluence”, that was originally named as Prayag, “a place of sacrifice or offering”, which lies at the Sangam meaning confluence of the three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati, a propitious place to conduct sacrifices. Prayag or Triveni Sangam plays a central role in Hindu scriptures. The city has also hosted a few big cultural and sporty events like “Kumbh Mela” and “Indira Marathon” respectively. This city offers a lot under Allahabad tour packages.
Best time to go Allahabad
The weather in north India varies typically, the best time to visit Allahabadcould be Feb-Apr and Sept-Nov when it is neither too hot nor too cold. Although this city can be visited throughout the year, the months from May to August are hot and humid, and December and January are cold makings difficult for travelers to explore the best of Allahabad.
Places to visit in Allahabad
Some places for tourism here are the Sangam city, starting from Alfred Park (Chandra Shekhar Azad Park), Allahabad Museum, Thornhill-Mayne Memorial, Victoria Memorial, Muir Central College, Dept. of Mathematics, Dept. of Botany, University Road, Dept. of Ancient History, Central Library, Senate Hall, Holy Trinity Church, Jawahar Bal Bhawan, Swaraj Bhawan, Anand Bhawan and Bharadwaj Ashram.
Holy river ‘Triveni Sangam’ is the most visited places in Allahabad, as it is said to be the confluence of 2 major rivers of India named Ganga and Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati, it is of religious importance, and a venue for Kumbh Mela which is held every 12 years. The “Alfred Park” or “Chandra Shekhar Azad Par”k is the biggest park in Allahabad; it is named after the freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad, who sacrificed his life here, during Indian Independence Struggle in 1931. The “Bharadwaj Ashram” was earlier considered to be an educational site, but now is a renowned religious place. It is believed that Lord Rama stayed here during his exile. The “Allahabad Fort” is another tourist attraction in Allahabad, which was built by Emperor Ashoka but was later repaired by Emperor Akbar, the fort stands on the banks of Yamuna River near the confluence. Next site you can explore is “All Saints Cathedral” which is an Anglican Cathedral in Allahabad. It is an example of 13th-century Gothic style buildings in Asia built by the British during their rule in India. Later, it was declared sacred. One of the oldest universities in India is the “Allahabad University”, earlier this university was nicknamed as “Oxford of the East”. “New Yamuna Bridge” located in Allahabad is the longest cable-stayed bridge of India. Some other historical sites; “Swaraj Bhawan”, it was owned by Motilal Nehru, and later was the office of Indian National Congress for the key movements during the independence of India. And so prominent politician built another house for the Nehru family named “Anand Bhawan”, is a house museum in Allahabad, this Bhawan is a house of “Jawahar Planetarium”, another site of attraction in the metropolitan city.
One of the great structures built by the Mughals is “Khusro Bagh”, a large walled Mughal garden surrounding the mausoleums of Khusrau Mirza. The “Alopi Devi Mandir” situated in the Alopibagh, it is special because there is no statue of any deity in this temple, and rather, there is a wooden carriage or ‘doli’ which is worshipped. To this, there is only one Shakti peeth in Allahabad which is Lalita Devi temple where fingers of Sati are supposed to have fallen. One of the first high courts to be established in India is “Allahabad High Court”, which possesses the Georgian infrastructure. This isn’t all; there are so many sites to be seen in this city of sacrifice or offering, for the religious people to the people looking for spirituality, to history lovers.
How to reach Allahabad
You can reach Allahabad via road; railways; or airways. Whatever means of transportation you choose, be it a car, bus, train or flight, it is all worth it, in the end, to reach this beautiful place and learn something new with a great experience.
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