Allahabad Tourism
Pilgrimage

Allahabad Tourism

Allahabad Info

  • State: Uttar Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • Altitude: 98 m
  • Pincode: 211001
  • District: Allahabad
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 0532
  • Weather: Summer 30 to 43°C, Winter 3 to 14°C

Formerly known as Prayag, Allahabad is situated on an island peninsula. Located in the southern part of Uttar Pradesh, the beautiful city stands at the confluence of three holy rivers -- Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. To the south and the west of Allahabad is the Bundelkhand region, while to the east of the city is the Baghelkhand region.

According to Hindu mythology, the land was chosen by Lord Brahma, the creator, for 'Prakrishta Yajna'. Since then, the city was known as 'Prayag' and was believed to be blessed by gods. Foreseeing the sanctity of Allahabad, the place was named as 'Tirth Raj' by Lord Brahma, which means King of all Pilgrimage Centres. Besides being a major pilgrimage centre, the city also holds an important position in the formation of modern India.

When Allahabad was annexed in 1193 by Muhammad of Ghor, the city became a part of the Delhi Sultanate. In 1526, the Mughal invasion of India began, after which the city became a part of their empire. Emperor Akbar founded Allahabad by the name of 'Illhabas' in 1575 AD, meaning the City of Allah, which has now become Allahabad. 

During the medieval period, this holy city of Uttar Pradesh enjoyed the honour of being a religio-cultural centre of India. For a long period, the city was the provincial capital of the Mughals, which was later captured by the Marathas. 

The British history of Allahabad began in 1801 AD, when the Nawab of Oudh ceded the city to the British throne. The famous Allahabad Fort, constructed by Akbar, was used by the British army for their military purposes.

By 1857 AD, the city became the centre of the war of Independence and thus played a crucial role in the Indian Freedom Movement against British Rule. In 1858 AD, India was officially handed over to the British Government by the East India Company.  After the first War of Independence, the city was made the capital of the United Province of Agra and Oudh.

Thus, the city was the heart of the Indian Freedom Movement with Anand Bhawan being its epicentre. It was in this beautiful city that the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi proposed his program of non-violent resistance against the British to liberate India.

Synonymous to Sangam, Allahabad is one of the holy cities of Uttar Pradesh, where the Maha Kumbha takes place once in 12 years. Magh Mela is held annually, apart from the years of Maha Kumbh and Ardh Kumbh.

This Magh Mela is called so, as it falls in the Magh period (Jan-Feb) of the Hindu calendar. It is believed that taking a dip at the sangam will free the devotees from sin or guilt. During this period a township will be arranged to accommodate several pilgrims on the banks of River Ganga. Millions of devotees from various parts of India participate in this auspicious mela.

Allahabad is easily reachable from different parts of the country by air, rail and road. The city has a domestic airport, which is situated around 15 km away from the city centre and connected to different regions of the country. Taxis are available from the airport. Allahabad is also a major rail station and has trains connecting it to all the regions of the country. The city is well connected to regions within and around the state by state as well as private buses. Buses also connect Allahabad to Delhi and Kolkata, among other places.

The best time to visit the city is from October to March. The weather is cool and suitable for exploring the region. It is best to avoid the hot summer months when the mercury can go up to 45 Celsius.

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Tansy A
  • Tansy A
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 6 photos
  • 10 Reviews

"Sangam of divinity and serenity" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Winters is an ideal time to visit Allahabad. Thousands of birdies, children to the north wind are just waiting for us to tuck some fries towards them. The early morning ride to the Sangam will enrich your soul with peace and all of a sudden you feel serendipitous. As if you have attained Nirvana. Not because you get a chance to see God there; you feel thankful of some destined fate to get you see this place.

Allahabad doesn't have much to see. However it should be a proud city to have a university with the royal legacy, with one of the finest infrastructure in India. The Anand Bhawan tells you something you never knew of your very first Prime Minister. You might want to stay safe from the Pandits at those various temples you visit.

And yes the best part is still to come. You would want to just slurp the luscious sweets and delicious chaats. It's not a destination if you wish for a trip you have waited long for. But it definitely deserves a stay for a day if you're passing from or are visiting Agra or Varanasi.
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Amit kumar Sullere
  • Amit kumar Sullere
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 2 photos
  • 6 Reviews

"A city of history"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Allahabad is a nice historical relaxed city. City not only has significance due to Sangam but also boasts of its rich history and links to Nehru family and legendary Amitabh Bachchan also born here. City offers a host of tourist places within the city and nearby places.
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Prateek Gupta
  • Prateek Gupta
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"An amazing place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Excellent place for people who want some peace and need relaxation. Sangam is a place where hours are passed just by looking at it and the holy dip makes body and soul pure. Anand bhavan makes every Indian feel proud about their country. It was created by Motilal Nehru and now turned into museum. Also lot more places to visit which can be seen only by visiting the place.
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Pradeep Chaudhary ppc
  • Pradeep Chaudhary ppc
  • 1 Review

"The journey at the banks of the rive"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Sep 29, 2014
A place of confluence of two holy rivers The Ganges an The Yamuna. Allahabad a city with high Spiritual Energy. There are large no of foreigner birds visit Ganga in winter. Also there is a great fort of Akbar on the bank of river Yamuna. There is old building Anand Bhavan is situated where India's first Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru lived.
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Shubham Singh
  • Shubham Singh
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews

"Beautiful and historical place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 28, 2014
It was an amazing experience to visit Allahabad as it is famous for Kumbh Mela, Sangam and many more places. It is a heritage city as well as a religious place of India. People who loves the culture of our country must visit the place. This place is also famous for Anand Bhawan which is the birth place of Pandit Nehru, the first prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi, the first lady prime minister of India, legendary Harivansh Rai Bachchan, the author of famous book Madhushala, Millennium star Mr. Amitabh Bachchan ji. It is also famous for Company Garden where Chandrashekhar Azad shot himself fighting with Britishers.
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Ankit Mishra
  • Ankit Mishra
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"A nice trip to Allahabad"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 25, 2014
It was very good place I ever seen. I and my family enjoyed much. There were lot of monk and some were very interesting. We took bath in ganga and went for sangam. There were a huge Mela and protection of government was also strict. The local food was so delicious and less costly as well. The famous thing is 'petha' and 'guava'.
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Pawan Singh
  • Pawan Singh
  • 4 Reviews

"Good place to go crazy"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Sep 25, 2014
I have never visited sangam before this. I was very crazy for seeing the sight. There were so many places which made me go crazy. I feel tired after a long journey but when I took a bath in the river it relaxed me. Its a good place for peace. I went to the temples for pray.
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Swapnil Srivastava
  • Swapnil Srivastava
  • Lives in Sultanpur
  • 1 Review

"The pace for Sangam"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Sep 19, 2014
Love this place, can't believe that millions people comes and visit this place as a religious tour. Sangam is one of the best place in Allahabad there are 2 main rivers and one sub river which join in to form a single river, The river Ganga, the river Yamuna and the river hidden Swarswati. Allahabad Fort and Company Garden are nice to see. some best hotels there are Kanha Shyam and Hotel Million. Taxi or public transport( Cars and Bikes are good more than public transport)are also there.
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Niladri Chakraborty
  • Niladri Chakraborty
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 6 Reviews

"People should have have a minimum stay of 3 to 4 days"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Sep 14, 2014
As this is my official trip so not able to visit all memorable places and not so much spare time to saw site seeing places. Peoples should stay here for 3-4 days to visit all historic and religious places but not alone only with family or friends. Best time to visit is in the month of March-April or September-October
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Saurabh Pandey
  • Saurabh Pandey
  • 1 Review

"The best experience every"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 8, 2014
We and my friends enjoyed a lot in this religious city.. A city full of blue colour surrounded broadly with water.. At late night we took a stay at naini bridge from where the worst also seems best. The best part was taking bath at Sangam.. It is totally unbelievable what we experienced here. The water totally explores and gives a sensation of purity...LOVED IT....PLEASE EXPERIENCE THIS ONCE .. BEFORE YOU DIE OR LIVING WITH A HELL ATTITUDE..
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