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Home : Top Destinations in India : Allahabad
  Allahabad  

Allahabad is one of the largest cities of the Indian Union of Uttar Pradesh. The city is located on the meeting spot of three rivers - the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the unseeable Saraswati. This conflux, which is called Triveni, is consecrated to the Hindus. Prayag was the ancient name of the city. According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma, the creator God of the Trinity, chose Prayag as the place to perform Prakrista Yaga at the beginning of the creation. The place is cited in Huan Tsang's work.

In 1575 the Mughal king Akbar went Prayag and established the city of Illahabad, which would later become Allahabad, meaning the “The city of Allah.? Allahabad became the provincial capital city of the Mughals. Later, Marathas conquered the city. In 1857 the city became the center of the war of Indian Independence. Allahabad later became the melting pot of India's freedom movement against the British rule. The city of Allahabad gave most number of prime ministers in the post independence era.

Kumbh Mela occurs every 12th year in Allahabad when the waters are said to be especially purifying, This occasion is most sanctified to the Hindus and people take in hundred thousands to take a sanctum dip in the concourse during this occasion.

Allahabad, which contributed a lot of administrators and academicians, is an ancient city with shades of contemporaneousness. The main communication channel within the city still is rickshaws and tangas along with taxis and buses. The city has been the place of haunting and lasting memories. Besides Hindus and Muslims, Jains and Christians are also live in considerable numbers.

Akshaya Vat
Akshaya Vat is a banyan tree, which found mention in a number of historical works. According to the Hindu mythology, Akshaya Vat is an immortal tree.

Alepidevi Temple
The temple is unique for its small wooden jhoola (swing) above a square-shaped platform with small kund, which is worshiped as the deity. In front of the temple is Shankracharya Ashram of Jyothishpeeth.

Allahabad Fort
The Fort is situated on the northern banks of the Yamuna, near to Triveni, the confluence

Allahabad Museum
The museum is located beside the Chandra Shekar Azab park. It was inaugurated in 1947. The museum has separate galleries — 18 of them — dedicated and devoted to archaeological findings, natural history exhibits, art gallery and terracotta artifacts.

Allahabad Planetarium
Built in 1979, Allahabad Planetarium was built to promote scientific thinking. The planetarium is located beside Anandh Bawan.

All Saints Cathedral (Patthar Girja)
This cathedral is built in the 19th century in Gothic style, a style of architecture that flourished during the high and the late medieval period.

Anand Bhavan
Anand Bhavan is, in fact, a large mansion established by prominent Indian political leader Motilal Nehru in the nineteenth century. It served as the ancestral home of the Nehru–Gandhi family (late prime ministers of India, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi were born there). The premise stands as a mute testimony to the Indian freedom struggle.

Ashoka Pillar
Standing tall inside the Allahabad Fort, built by Akbar, is the polished sandstone Ashoka Pillar. This 10.6 m high pillar dates back to 232 BC. This pillar has several edicts. It was earthed by the order of the great Mauryan king Ashoka.

Benimadhav Temple
Benimadhav temple is a very old Lakshminarayan temple. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu deities Narayan, or Vishnu, and Lakshmi, wife of Narayan.

Hanuman Mandir
This temple situated near Allahabad Fort is a unique temple. A huge idol of Hanuman, 20 feet long and 8 feet wide can be seen in a reclining position a few feet below the ground.

Kalyani Devi Temple
Kalyani Devi temple is one of the Sidh Peetas of Goddess Lalitha. The present temple is about one hundred years old. The temple is located in Kalyanidevi and Meerapur locality.

Khusro Bagh
This garden is a walled historic garden created by the Moghul king Jahangir, in memory of his beloved son Khusro. Khusro was murdered by his brother Shah Jahan.

Lalita Devi Temple
The present temple was founded by Shri Prabhudatt Brahmachariji   about 50 years ago. At  that  time  it  was  a  very  small temple.

Mankameshwar Temple
Mankameshwar temple lies in the banks of river Yamuna, near Saraswathi Ghat. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Mondays in the Sawan month (Hindu calendar) is considered auspicious and devotees pay visit to the temple during this time. Mankameshwar temple comes under the jurisdiction of Jagath Guru Shankaracharya.

Minto Park
Also known as Madan Mohan Malavya Park, Minto park is situated on the banks of river Yamuna, west of the Allahabad Fort

Nagvasuki Temple
Nagvasuki temple is located on the banks of the river Ganga, in Daraganj on the northern side of the railway bridge.

Patalpuri Temple
Patalpuri temple, one of the oldest temples in India, dating back to the Vedic period, is situated near to the immortal banyan tree, Akshaya Vat, in the Allahabad Fort.

Shankar Viman Mandapam
Akshaya Vat is a banyan tree, which found mention in a number of historical works. According to the Hindu mythology, Akshaya Vat is an immortal tree.

Shivkoti Mahadev Temple
Also known as Someshwar Mahadev Temple, Shivkoti Mahadev Temple is one of the holy places in North India.

Someshwar Mahadev Temple
Someshwar Mahadev Temple in Allahabad is one among the many holy places in Allahabad. Someshwar Mahadev Temple is an ancient temple which is situated opposite to the Allahabad Fort across Sangam in the Arail area.

Swaraj Bhawan

The old Anand Bhavan, which in 1930 was donated by Motilal Nehru, a freedom fighter and father of Jawaharlal Nehru, is renamed by Motilal Nehru as Swaraj Bhawan.

Triveni Sangam
Also called Sangam, Triveni Sangam is the meeting of three rivers: river Ganga, river Yamuna, and the mythical and invisible Saraswathi.

When to Go
Allahabad experiences all seasons. During summers (March to June) mercury levels reach about 45°C together with hot winds. Monsoon seasons with heavy intermittent rain falls are during July to September. Winters are in the months December, January and February, where minimum temperature goes down to 12°C. Allahabad experiences severe fog in January resulting in massive traffic and travel delays.

How to Reach
Allahabad has its own domestic airport named Bamrauli airport which is 15 km away from the heart of the city. Airport is connected to metros like Delhi, Kolkata and Lucknow. Airport to city taxi charge is about Rs 400. Abroad travelers need to get connection flights from Delhi or Kolkata.
   
 
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