Allahabad Tourism
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Allahabad Tourism

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Once in 12 years event held at this religious city. Dont miss this oppurtunity when this city turns like vatican city for Hinduism religion followers. Scientifically proven that historically there existed a river by name Saraswati which has become extinct. This city is known as Triveni sangam ( Tri junction of three pious rivers namely Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati).

The Khumb mela event starts from 15 Jan 2012 and continues for a month.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Try Choka-bati, which is a dish of roasted wheat dumpling along with spicy mashed Potato salad. Goes well with topping of dhesi ghee providing good aroma and rich calorie. Several historical sights in the vicinity and religious sights too.

Activities & things to do: Have a holy dip and enjoy staying in the tents attending special discourses by Hindu saints who travel all the way from the hill tops of Himalayan peaks after penance for this holy month. Enjoy learning 'yoga' for leading a healthy life.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Carry sufficient warm clothings, especially persons from tropical climate regions. Try to avoid crowded places on bathing days ( full moon day and new moon day).
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Donarun Das
  • Donarun Das
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 205 Reviews

"Be careful when you are in Allahabad" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The location of the confluence of three holy rivers, this place has sadly become a location for the religious where you have to be rich in order to offer prayers to God. Every turn, and every misstep is definitely going to cost you a fortune........ More
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Alok
  • Alok
  • 2 Reviews

"Nothing much to explore"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 7 months ago
Business trip not much to explore. No night life no amusements. Rainy season is too risky. No South Indian food available. People are good by nature. Shared autos are best way to move around. Allahabad Biryani Centre offers some real good....... More
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Amshuman Murali mohan
  • Amshuman Murali mohan
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Magnificent Place"

  • Posted 8 months ago
Brilliant place to visit which depicts the culture of the country with its History, a must visit place in India Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Commercial Street near the High Court Road Activities & things to do: Visiting all places. I....... More
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Noor ahemmad
  • Noor ahemmad
  • 2 Reviews

"Romantic tour"

  • Posted 9 months ago
Allahabad is a holy place. Three rivers Ganga, Yamuna, & invisible Sarasvati make it holy. Khushrubagh, Anand Bhavan , Saraswati Ghat all are very good. Where of Allahabad is very good. Sangam is a famous religious place. It is very nice........ More
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Ashutosh Kumar

"during my kumbh yaatra"

  • Posted 10 months ago
I went allahabad during kumbh season so I cant say about normal days but I can assure allahabad is too good religious city . Food, sight-seeing and shopping: All the temple sangam naini and walk near bank of river goddess ganga Activities....... More
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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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