Allahabad is a metropolitan city of Uttar Pradesh, India. Earlier name of this place is Prayaga which means place of offerings. In India this is the second oldest city. It is situated on the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. This is one of the 4 sites where Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years. In Allahabad plenty of temples and Palaces can be seen. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Brahma had chosen this place to perform Prakrista Yagna at the beginning of creation of the Universe.
What to see in Allahabad:
Kumbh Mela: It is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bath in a sacred river. Kumbh Mela conducts here for every 12 years in Allahabad.
Allahabad Fort: This fort is most attractive due to unique design, construction and craftsmanship styles. It consists of 3 galleries flanked by high towers. Inside the fort one can see Zenana, 3rd Century BC Ashoka Pillar and Mariam –UZ- Zamani Palace.
Khusro Bagh: This was built around the tomb of Khusro. He was the eldest son of Emperor Jahangir. This garden is most beautiful.
Anand Bhavan: In this mansion, Jawarharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi were born. In the 19th century this was built by Motilal Nehru.
Allahabad Museum: Major attractions of this museum are terracotta artefacts, natural history exhibits and archaeological findings. It also consists of belongings of Jawaharlal Nehru.
Triveni Sangum: Once in every 6 years Ardh Kumbh held at this place. Once in 12 years Kumbh Mela held here. Most memorable thing is sun rise and sunset of this place. This is the place where confluence of Saraswati, Yamuna and Ganga takes place.
Bharadwaj Ashram: This is dedicated to Sage Bharadwaj. Other temple in this place is dedicated to Prayagraj. He is the lord of Prayag.
Minto Park: Lord Minto laid the foundation for this park in 1910. In this place power of East India Company transferred to British Crown in 1858.
Other attractions of Allahabad: Other attractions of Allahabad are Kalyani Devi Temple, Ashoka Pillar, Hanuman Mandir, All Saints Cathedral, Lalitha Devi Temple, Alfred Park, Shankar Viman Mandapam, Mankameshwar Temple, Swaraj Bhawan, Shivkoti Mahadev Temple, Allahabad Planetarium, Alepidevi Temple, Undying Banyan Tree, Allahabad High Court, New Yamuna Bridge, Mayo Memorial Hall, Jawahar Planetarium, Narayan Ashram.
What to see around Allahabad:
Jhusi: This place is famous among the people who are looking for spiritual healing and mental peace. Plenty of ashrams and temple are located here. It is situated on the banks of river Ganga. This is located 9kms away from the city.
Shringverpur: This place is having historical importance in the epic Ramayana. Shringverpur was once the capital of Kingdom of Nishadraj i.e. King of Fisherman. It is located 40kms away from the city.
Garhwa: This is attractive place for history lovers. Glimpses of ancient North Indian can be seen here. Gupta era temples are the major attraction of this place. It is located 60kms away from the city.
Bhita: It is archaeological site which is dates back to 300 BC. This place is situated 20kms from Allahabad.
Getting to Allahabad: Allahabad is well connected with road, railways and airways. From all the major cities buses and trains come to this place. Airport located in Allahabad is Bamrauli airport which is located 15kms away from the city centre. Airport is well connected with Lucknow and Varanasi.
Getting around Allahabad: Autos, taxis and buses are available to visit in and around places of Allahabad.
Best time to visit Allahabad: Best time to visit this place is between October to March.
Where to stay in Allahabad : Plenty of accommodations available in Allahabad. Hotels in the city offer trips around the city. Minimum cost of an economy room is Rs.1000 per day.
Where to eat in Allahabad: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat in Allahabad. Moghlai Cuisine of Allahabad is most famous.