Allahabad Tourism

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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Soubhagyamoyee Pal

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  • Soubhagyamoyee Pal
  • Lives in Bhubaneswar
  • 6 photos
  • 7 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Prayag Sangam .." new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Triveni Sangam, the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the extinct river Saraswati ... Is just amazing. The sparkling and glittering waters with the afternoon sun ... The siberian birds floating and hovering above, the splashing Oars all had its own unique experience .. Simply amazing
People perform religious and funeral rites as offerings to the three rivers, a dip in the confluence is said to free one and their ancestors of sins ... Loved the Boat ride ..
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Rohith Sivashankar

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  • Rohith Sivashankar
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  • 29 Reviews
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"Abode of god"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Allahabad is one of the 7 holy cities of Hinduism. It is also one of the venues of the famous "Kumbh mela" and is also knows as "Prayag" because of the famous "triveni sangam" which is located in the south of the city. The sangam is the said to be the confluence of 3 rivers ie. Ganga, yamuna and saraswati however only ganga and yamuna are the rivers which merge here and saraswati is said to be in hidden form within ganga. Other attractions include the Allahabad fort, Khusro bhag, All saints cathedral, Anand bhavan, Jawahar planetarium Thornhill mayne memorial which is also the public library and Alfred park
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 232 Reviews
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"Must visit destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I had been to Allahabad by train in the month of December 2016. Allahabad is a must-visit destination in the tourism circuit of Uttar Pradesh. The must-visit destinations around Allahabad include the Triveni Sangam, Allahabad Fort and the iconic Anand Bhawan. The Triveni Sangam is the confluence of three major rivers namely Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Interestingly, This is the site of the Kumbh Mela held once in only 12 years. The Allahabad Fort is located near the Triveni Sangam. The watch-tower of the fort guards 3 of the gigantic galleries. The Allahabad fort construction was started by Emperor Ashoka and was completed by the great Mughal emperor Akbar in 1583. The historic Anand Bhawan was built by Motilal Nehru in the 1930's as the residence of the Nehru family. Indira Gandhi donated this building in 1970 and today, this building serves as a house museum depicting the life and times of the Nehru Family. This building houses the Jawahar Planetarium which was built in 1979.
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  • Ayushbwa
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"Allahabad is a city in Uttar Pradesh state."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 27, 2016
Allahabad is a city in Uttar Pradesh state, north India. Triveni Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and "invisible" Saraswati rivers, is considered holy by Hindus. Itís near the 16th-century Allahabad Fort, built by Maugham Emperor Akbar. In the fort are the ancient sandstone Ashoka Pillar, the Patalpuri Temple and a sacred banyan tree. The Allahabad Museum has Rajasthani miniature paintings.
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  • 2 votes

Anoop nayyar Nayyar

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  • Anoop nayyar Nayyar
  • Lives in Kanpur
  • 5 Reviews
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"Value for money"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 25, 2016
Hotels location is very good all the required things are very easily approachable its in the heart of the city I. E in civil lines. Facilities are overall good, service is good, food quality is also good, service time is less in comparison to others. Some renovation is required in rooms.
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Arvind das

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  • Arvind das
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Pretty good for a small city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 16, 2016
Lots of good food everywhere. But streetfood is not the best. People here have a love for non-veg dishes. For non-veg dishes you can visit Atala in Allahabad. For Veg dishes there are some good restaurants and some value for money restaurants. The people here are friendly if you get to know them. Arail ghat is a beautiful place to visit during daytime especially in the Autumn. The road is decorated with orange and yellow flowering trees on both sides of the road. Civil lines has the best cold coffee, and burgers and pizzas. Hot stuff, tuckin, softy corner. And some other places. It is not very attractive place so do not have high expectations but for a town it would definitely satisfy you. Company garden is the place of you want to go for a walk it is a decent garden for people of all ages and it is the place where many competitions are held like dog shows, flower shows.
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Anshul Agrawal

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"A great place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Apr 4, 2016
Its a great place where you can take a dip of Sangam river, You can visit Akbar Fort which is now under Military and Anand Bhawan, Company Garden for children. Each & every place is a nice place for visiting. And there is also a lots of Ahram where you can visit.
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Manish bhatnagar

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  • Manish bhatnagar
  • Lives in Jaipur
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"Excellent city, a must visit place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 1, 2016
I belong to the city of Allahabad. It is a wonderful city with its unique taste and style. With very unique language and warmth. Allahabdi food is excellent specially chaat. Few of the chat item you can only find in Allahabad. It grow delicious Guavas and export it in huge quantity. Allahabad town is the town of sangam and town of many important personalities. There are lots of place you can visit in allahabad. The city of Sangam is one must visit place in India.
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Ajay Pandey

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  • Ajay Pandey
  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 1 Review
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Nice place to go!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 28, 2016
Allahabad is an ancient city. It is also known as Sangam. There are good peoples whose always like to help others. It is also a place for foreigners where they can enjoy their travelling. It is known as Sangam because three river are meet at this place. Ganga and Yamuna are visible but saraswati is not.
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Sumesh Singh

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  • Sumesh Singh
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Awesome place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 18, 2016
It has lot of scenic beauty and has the holy Santana. Allahabad has several historical monuments from different periods of Indian History, from the tomb of Khusru, in Khusrobagh which was built during the medieval period under Mughal Rule to All Saints Cathedral in Civil Lines built during the British Raj to Alopi Devi Mandir in Alopibagh which is one of the oldest Hindu temples built during the ancient period. Several more historical locations like the Allahabad Fort built by Emperor Akbar during the Mughal Rule to several ancient Hindu temples like the Hanuman Temple near Sangam adorn the city. Allahabad is also famous worldwide for the Kumbh Mela, a holy religious gathering of Hindu pilgrims which also attracts a large number of tourists and has been taking place in the city from ancient times. There are several other places of interest like the Allahabad University which was built by the British during the British Raj to several contemporary monuments, each depicting a different time-period in the history of the city.
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