Allahabad Tourism
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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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Kshitij Pandey

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  • Kshitij Pandey
  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  44 readers

"Best place place if your going to sangam" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Awesome place. Included in smart city. And magh mela is also started come and do holy dip. Its very divine place to visit. Its a unique place where Ganga Yamuna And Saraswati meets. Water of Sangam is really Devine. If you visited in Allahabad must take bath in Sangam.
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Ananth Pranesh

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  • Ananth Pranesh
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 74 Reviews
  •  279 helpful votes
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"Holy city on the banks of Sangam" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Allahabad is a holy city on the banks of Sangam of three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. It is believed to be most holy place to perform rites to ancestors. It has several ancient temples and also has several ashrams and akharas. Besides it has a museum which is quite worthy to visit.
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Ni khil Sh arma

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  • Ni khil Sh arma
  • Lives in Bilaspur
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  • 31 Reviews
  •  333 helpful votes
  •  20206 readers

"A must go place, awesome experience" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Allahabad is a sacred place to visit. I went to sangam and took bath there. There you will find monopoly of Shikaara drivers to take you in the center of rivers merging. Must go and take holy dip at that place. I must say do take your coconut or else they make a bill of 200 easily per head, which I disliked. But area around is surrounded by so. Many devotees and shikaaras and cute migratory birds. Many places are there to visit around. I recommend it to every age group.
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Adhish Singh

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  • Adhish Singh
  • Lives in Gorakhpur
  • 1 Review
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"Wonderful atmosphere of spirituality!" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We are enjoy our 3 day trip in Allahabad. Allahabad is a place of spirituality. We have reach at many places in Allahabad like Akbar fort sangam (where kumbh mela is organised) and also we go to Azad park, museum of Allahabad where some history of Allahabad record are kept and also we have reached at Anand Bhawan (a place where Jawarh lal Nehru and his family record are kept. So I have to say full 'paisa wasool'.
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Shubham Vishwakarma

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  • Shubham Vishwakarma
  • Lives in Allahabad
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  341 readers

"Beautiful historical place-Allahabad"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Allahabad is the place of great historical importance. The Sangam of three rivers keep up it glory. Nainy breeze is the must visit place. Anand bhawan is the place of Nehru family, which catches the eyes of the tourist most. It is the hub of education society, which creates a dozen of IPS officer every year. The holy bath in the Sangam can never be ignored.
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Amil Khan

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  • Amil Khan
  • Lives in Bareilly
  • 1 Review
  •  188 readers

"Good place for tourists, well-maintained place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is very good place for visiting. It has very good rail and traffic connectivity and very good traffic system. The city is quite clean and it has very good electricity facility. There is so many place to see some of which are Allahabad University, Anand Bhawan, Sangam ghat, Akbar ka kila, Laksha grih, and so many place.
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Rahul Kumar

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  • Rahul Kumar
  • Lives in Hazaribag
  • 1 Review
  •  265 readers

"Perfect for summer holidays"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Traveller should visit this place at-least once in his life as it is one of the historical place in India. I visited naini bridge, anand bhawan, sangan, pryag. These places are one of the memorable sites for me. Here local food are not too good but for survival purpose it is good. For shopping specific markets like for electronic items, cloths are also available here. Civil lines are one of them. I spend most of the time in malls. Travellers should be aware of road paths as almost all paths look same.
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Rahul Kumar

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  • Rahul Kumar
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Perfect for summer vacation & perfect for family trip."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is very funny place ever I visited in my life. There are a lot of places like naini bridge, sangam, museum, anand bhawan etc. Really anyone can enjoy it with family. There are 3-4 good malls like big bazaar. PVR cinema, star world cinema are also here. I spend my most of the time at sangam. Traveller should be careful about road routes. May be some auto rikshaw driver make you fool.
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Anish Raj

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  • Anish Raj
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Awesome place to be at"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Allahabad is an important city in UP. It is a religious place. Prayag and sangam are must visit places. Local food is very lovely, tasty and cheap too. Allahabad fort and water park are good places to enjoy. Some good colleges like MNNIT and Allahabad University and IIIT are places where you can get a lot of exposure. Overall, it is a good place to visit and enjoy.
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Inzamamul Haque

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  • Inzamamul Haque
  • Lives in Darbhanga
  • 3 Reviews
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"Allahabad- the Sangam city!"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Allahabad as a tourist destination, has got historical, political and religious value. 'Sangam' which is synonymous with Allahabad, attract tens of million of devotees each year during the 'Kumbh mela' in the month of January. It is a meeting place of three rivers Ganga(Ganges), Yamuna and Saraswati. Saraswati is said to be meeting this place from beneath the ground. Another important tourist attractions from historical and political point of view are Khusru Bagh, Chandarashekhar Azad Park, Akbar's fort, Anand Bhawan and Swaraj Bhawan. One must not forget to taste the famous 'Allahabadi Amrood' (guava) here.
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