Minto Park in PrayagrajMinto Park is one of the most beautiful old parks in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh that gives you a glimpse into the British era in India. The park is situated along the banks of the river Yamuna in the southern region of the city. It is now officially known as Madan Mohan Malviya Park after Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, an Indian politician and educationist who is popular for his role in the Indian freedom struggle against British Imperialism and is also referred to as ‘Mahamana’. The Saraswati Ghat and Nehru Ghats lie close to this park, which is located at Yamuna Bank Road in Allahabad.
History of Minto Park
The park occupies an important place in the history of British India. In the year 1858, Lord Canning read out the famous declaration of Queen Victoria, which officially proclaimed a transfer of power to the Government of Britain from The East India Company, in the spot where this park now stands. This decision was taken right after the Sepoy Mutiny, which occurred as a direct consequence of corruption in the Company, and succeeded in converting India into a ‘Colony’ from a mere ‘Economic Interest Zone.’ In 1910, the Earl of Minto (then Governor-General of India) laid the foundation stone of this this park to commemorate the transfer of power that happened 52 years ago at the same spot. Thereby, it officially came to be known as “Minto Park.”
Attractions of Minto Park
The highlight of the Minto Park is undoubtedly a white marble column consisting of four stone lions atop. It was set up by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, to confirm that it is the exact spot where the historic transition of power over India from East India Company to the British Government occurred. For chroniclers and lovers of history, researchers as well as casual visitors, the park with its memorial holds much interest. It is a must-see destination in Allahabad.
How to Reach There
You may land at the Allahabad Airport (also known as Bamrauli Airport) by taking a flight from nearby cities such as Delhi or Kanpur. You can hire a pre-paid cab from the airport and reach the park directly. If you prefer rail service, the nearest railway station to this park in Allahabad is situated only 5 kms away.
Hotels near Minto Park
You may choose from a number of hotels nearby to have a nice stay, either alone or with your friends or family.
Grand Continental Hotel
Sardar Patel Marg
Uttar Pradesh - 211001
Kanha Shyam Hotel
22/1, Strachey Road
Uttar Pradesh - 211001
Places Near Minto Park
There are numerous interesting places located nearby that you may visit once you have seen this park.
Chandra Shekhar Azad Park - Once named as Alfred Park, the park is now named after famous freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad who died fighting the Imperial Police here. This historic spot contains the statue of the patriot as also those of British royals George V and Queen Victoria.
Allahabad Museum - It contains ancient coins, artifacts and amazing stone sculptures among other interesting objects.
Anand Bhavan - It is the home of the first Indian Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, containing paraphernalia of his family.