Allahabad also known as Prayag is a holy city in the Uttar Pradesh( India).
The city is known for Kumbh Mela and Triveni Sangam (confluence) of the Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Sarasvati rivers. It is the second-oldest city in India, and plays a central role in Hindu scriptures. Allahabad was originally called Kaushambi by the Kuru rulers of Hastinapur, who developed it as their capital.
Allahabad has hosted cultural and sporting events, including Kumbh Mela. Allahabad is noted for historic, cultural and religious tourism.
Place of interest in Allahabad:
|Triveni Sangam-confluence of the 3 major rivers of India namely Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati. The three rivers maintain their visible identity and can be identified by their different colors. The water from the Ganges is clear while the Yamuna is greenish in color while the presence of the Saraswati can only be felt underwater. The place is considered as one of the major sites of the Kumbha mela which is held once in every 12 years.|
|Alfred Park-or Chandra Shekhar Azad Park is the biggest park of Allahabad.Chandra Shekhar Azad was a freedom fighter and is also considered to be the mentor of Bhagat Singh. A statue of Azad, erected at the place where he died, is the main attraction. Within the park premises there is a memorial dedicated to Chandra Shekhar Azad, some nurseries.|
|Thornhill Mayne Memorials– located in the company garden is popularly known as Public Library. The monument holds historical significance owing to the fact that it served as the house of legislative assembly during the British era. During this time, Allahabad was the capital of United Provinces. Carved from white sandstone, the entire building is constructed in Gothic Style.,|
|Minto Park– that has been re-christened Madan Mohan Malaviya Park is a must visit destination in Allahabad. The park has its prominence in the chronicles of History and that is why it is a must for both researchers as well as casual visitor. Minto Park has been erected on a site near the Saraswati Ghat in Yamuna. The site has a special place in the history of British India.|
|Allahabad Fort is located near the Triveni Sangam confluence and is the largest fort built by Akbar in 1583. The fort comprises of high watchtowers that guard the 3 galleries in the fort complex. The important monuments and buildings inside are the Zanana palace for the women.|
|Ashoka Pillar– located outside the Allahabad fort was constructed in the 16th century. The pillar has the inscriptions from Ashoka and later inscriptions to Samudragupta and Jahangir were also attributed to this pillar.|
|Khusro Bagh-home to three mausoleums which are built in the Mughal style of architecture. The three tombs belong to the eldest son of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, Khusaru Mirza and his first wife Shah Begum and his daughter Nithar Begum. The name Khusro Bagh is named after Khusaru Mirza. The three tombs are fine specimens of Mughal arts and architecture and are decorated with stone carvings|
|Anand Bhawan -Anand Bhavan was constructed as the former residence of the Nehru Family known as the Swaraj Bhavan. The building was donated to the Indian Government by Indira Gandhi in 1970 and is today a house museum that depicts the life and times of the Nehru family. It also houses the Jawahar Planetarium which was built in 1979 and is a must visit|
|Jawahar Planetarium-This planetarium was built beside Anand Bhawan in 1979 and is also known as the Jawahar Museum. It features a moon model and also features a part where visitors can find their weight on Moon and Jupiter.|
| Allahabad Museum– inaugurated in 1947 by Jawaharlal Nehru is one of the best-kept museums in India. The museum is known for it’s separate galleries which are devoted to archaeological findings, art gallery, natural history exhibits and artifacts.
The objects that are featured inside the museum include prehistoric and Indus Valley antiquities, bronzes, seals, miniature paintings, stone sculpture and terracotta,
|Nag Vasuki Temple-located in Daraganj, situated on the banks of the river Ganges. Dedicated to Vasuki, who was the king of serpents, this temple is visited by large number of tourists every year. A fair is held every year near this temple on the occasion of Nag Panchami. In addition, a large idol of Bishmapita can also be seen in a reclined position close to this temple.|
|Hanuman Mandir- located in proximity to the Allahabad Fort is one of the unique temples in the city. Tourists visiting the temple can witness a huge idol of Hanuman, which is 20 feet long and 8 feet wide. This idol is in a reclining position and is a few feet below the ground. This temple gets submerged when the river Ganges is in spate. According to mythology, it is believed the rise in the water level of river Ganges is because the river wants to touch the feet of Lord Hanuman|
|All Saints Cathedral-built by the British and was consecrated in 1887 and was completed 4 years after. The church displays a striking 13th century Gothic revival architecture and is 31 meters in height.The complex also contained a memorial to Queen Victoria and functions as a lantern tower.|
Fair of Allahabad
Kumbh Mela-It the largest religious gathering in the world, every twelve years and the Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela every six years. Cultural attractions include the