Prayagraj TourismAllahabad located at the junction of the holy Ganges, Yamuna and the mythological Saraswati is an ambient mix of the traditional and the modern. Allahabad also has immense religious significance as Lord Brahma performed the Prakrista yagna at Prayag, now known by the name of Allahabad. The city hosts the famous Kumbh Mela which attracts devotees from all over the world.
The contribution of Allahabad in India’s Independence struggle too cannot be ignored. Anand Bhavan and Alfred Park are only some of the relics associated with Indian Independence struggle that has lent Allahabad a unique name in the region.
Places to See in Allahabad
If you happen to pass through the banks of Yamuna River near Triveni ghat, you will come across a magnificent fort. Build in 1583 by legendary Mughal King Akbar, the Allahabad Fort has a gleam reflection of the traditional Mughal architecture. However, the fort is closed to public and you can only have a glimpse of the same from the banks of Yamuna.
Summers perhaps are the best season to plan a visit to Khusro Bagh. The Bagh was completed under the guidance of King Jahangir in 1662. The garden has a great collection of Mangoes and you can lay hand at some of these if you are lucky enough. Khusro Bagh is also home to graves of Khusro and his wife Shah Begum. Khusro was the son of Jahangir and the King build the garden in his memory.
Allahabad has been witness to the Independence struggle and the legendary Anand Bhawan has been part of the same. The property belonging to Nehru-Gandhi family has now been converted into a museum. The museum is home to numerous relics of the Raj days and stands as a testimony to the hard times which our freedom fighters had seen.
The religious significance of Triveni Sangam cannot be described in words. The place has immense spiritual relevance and the same can be experienced by paying a visit to Triveni Sangam. True to its name, the place is located at the confluence of the holy Ganges, the mighty Yamuna and the legendary Saraswati which used to flow through the place during ancient times. Triveni Sangam hosts the historic Kumbh fairs which are held every six and twelve years at the place.
For those having interest in astronomy, a visit to Jawahar Planetarium is highly recommended. The planetarium came into existence in 1979 and provides one with an insight of our solar system.
Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Lecture is held at the Planetarium on November 14th every year and attracts scholars and students alike from all over the region.
All Saints Cathedral
This is one of the Gothic-styled buildings in Allahabad which attracts attention of the devotees and history buffs who visit the place to check out its unique architecture. All Saints Cathedral was designed by British Architect Sir William Emerson in 1871.
Minto Park located centrally in Allahabad is another historic monument which needs to be mentioned. It was at this Minto Park that Earl Canning read out Queen Victoria’s proclamation. This proclamation resulted in the transfer of India from hands of East India Company to the British Government.
A city centre in true sense, the Civil Lines area gives one a glimpse of the modern developments that have taken place throughout the city in recent times. You can shop for the latest fashion accessories and can experience the tradional cuisine of Allahabad at numerous eateries that line the Civil Lines market.
Famously known as Company garden, Alfred Park played a vital role in Indian Independence struggle. It was in Alfred Park that Chandra Shekhar Azad laid down his life in 1931 while protecting the valour of our country.
Shopping in Allahabad
If you are on a spiritual sojourn, Allahabad is the best place to buy religious things. Sangam has numerous shops that sell religious items as camphor, vermilion and mythological books.
Jewellery is another item that Allahabad is famous for. You can buy necklaces and other exquisite jewellery items at Tulsiyani Plaza and Civil lines market.
Allahabad is also known for its mouth-watering delicacies. Namkeen is particularly popular in Allahabad and you can purchase bhujia, chat papri and gahtiya from popular sweet shops like Chandra Sweets and Chappan Bhog among others.
Best Time to Visit Allahabad
Summers are extremely hot in the region. Allahabad experiences temperatures up to 45 degrees and tourists should generally avoid visiting the city during this period. Winters are harsh in the city and the temperatures can fall up to 10 degrees. The best time to plan a visit is from the month of October to March. If you are used to the cold weather conditions of North India, winters will be a pleasant time to plan a visit.
How to Reach
Allahabad lies in Uttar Pradesh and is well connected by Road, Rail and Air.
Indian Railways connects Allahabad to rest of the country. You can expect direct rail connectivity to important cities throughout the country including New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai.
UPSRTC (Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation) connects Allahabad to important cities within Uttar Pradesh. Bus service is also available to New Delhi and Kolkata.
Allahabad has domestic airport by the name of Bamrauli. Air connectivity to major cities throughout the region is available and you can opt for the same for a pleasurable experience.
The regional tourism office in Allahabad is located at Tourist Bungalow, 35, M.G.Marg, Civil Lines.
Contact Number: 0532- 2408873
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