Weekend Getaway near Prayagraj

Variety is the spice of life and if you are looking for a nice place for a weekend getaway near Allahabad, there is no dearth of good spots. There are historical as well as holy destinations that must be visited at least once for their beauty. Whether you are a resident of Allahabad or have come to the city only for a short visit, there are some beautiful spots nearby where you should go on a weekend trip, either alone or preferably with your family. The places are visited by tourists from across India as well as from other countries.

Following places are ideal for weekend trips from Allahabad:

Varanasi


Weekend Destination near Allahabad

Located in Uttar Pradesh, this holy city is also known as Banaras or Kashi and is regarded by Hindus as the city of Lord Shiva. The place offers amazing view of many ghats, which are used for bathing, rituals and cremation, over hundred temples and many more attractions. Food lovers can relish Rabris, Kachauris and many other local delicacies. The month of October is the best time to visit this city, when Durga Puja is celebrated here with gusto and immersion ceremonies are elaborately executed at the ghats.

How to Reach From Allahabad to Varanasi


A journey by cab takes around 3 hours and costs around INR 3000 (up to 4 people) based on the type of car. You may also take a bus that takes you to Varanasi Bus Depot; it is economical. It will take 3 ½ hours approximately by train to reach the Varanasi junction.

Kanpur


Varanasi Weekend Getaway Allahabad

It is the biggest and one of the most ancient cities in Uttar Pradesh. One of the hotspots of Indian Freedom struggle, Kanpur is also a holy city and a historical spot that offers attractions like:

  • Mound of Jajmau
  • Glass Jain Temple
  • Nana Rao Park
  • Bithoora, largest Zoological Garden of Asia
  • Kanpur Zoo
  • Radhakrishna Temple

How to Reach From Allahabad to Kanpur


Hire a cab or take trains like Magadh Express or Ibadat Express to reach here. Total distance is 207 kms and time by road is 3 hours (approx).

Jaunpur


Another historical city in Uttar Pradesh, it offers such attractions as:

  • Shahi Bridge, or Mughal Bridge
  • Shahi Quila (Royal Fort)
  • Atala Masjid
  • Jama Masjid
  • Lal Darwaza Masjid

The city is packed with numerous holy places, museums and interesting monuments that are visited by people from all over the country and abroad throughout the year.

How to Reach From Allahabad to Jaunpur


Total distance is 107 kms and time by road is around 2 hours. Board trains like Godan Express or Chhapra Express or hire a cab/taxi to reach fast.

Kausambi


This ancient town in U.P. consists of an important site where Lord Buddha came to preach once. A large stupa dating back to 5th century BC can also be visited here.

How to Reach From Allahabad to Kausambi


Total distance is 44 km and time by road is 1 hr (approx). Board trains from Allahabad Railway Station or hire a cab/taxi to make a one way or round trip.

Lucknow


Weekend Getaway Allahabad

A historical city in Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow was the city where Nawabs reigned for a long period. Royal palaces and buildings, still standing at various parts of the city, offer you a glimpse into the splendid Islamic architecture of those times. The major places to see in Lucknow include:

  • Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in the city
  • Chota Imambada, the mauseoleum of Mohammad Ali Shah
  • Residency, the partly ruined mansion of East India Company agents
  • Chattar Manzil, a dome-shaped building constructed by Ghazi-ud-din Haider and his son, Nasir-ud-din Haider.

How to Reach From Allahabad to Lucknow


Hire a cab or board trains like Ganga Gomti Express or Tribeni Express to have a more economical journey. Total distance is 238 kms and time by road is around 4 hours.

Best Time to Visit Allahabad


The best time to visit these spots is from October to February, when the weather is chilly but clear and offers you perfect conditions to visit the landmarks with ease. Make sure that you carry enough woollen clothes along, to ensure adequate protection for yourself and your dear ones.

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