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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Ansari Sajid

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  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
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"A historical destination" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
If you want to see historical places, you must visit Allahabad. You get to see Anand Bhavan, Khushroo Bagh, Chandra Shekhar Azad park, Old Akbar Fort, Sangam and so many places. It's a city of legends. Highly recommended to visit. One of the most leading education sector. Got to meet so many students who had come from different region and places just to get education. Just a complete education hub.
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Krishna Reddy

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  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"A holy place of Kumbh Mela" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
After Kasi darshan we visited Allahabad Triveni sangam a holy place for every Hindu. My family and I visited Allahabad city from Varanasi by road on 29 th June, it was a totally religious trip. June month is best time to visit or else winter. Avoid travelling in summer as it is too hot. Overall it is best place. The world famous Kumbh mela is celebrated here on ever 12 years. The local must visit places are Triveni sangam, bade Hanuman, Allahabad fort, anand Bhavan, church and company gardens etc.
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Suresh Babu

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 7 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
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"Visit for historical places"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
If you're religious, you can visit many places in and around Allahabad even Allahabad is quite near by Varanasi, around 124 KMS. Main places to visit are Sangam, Hanuman Mandir, Allahabad Planetarium, Anand Bhavan, Allahabad planetarium, Khusro Bagh, Allahabad fort, All saints Cathedral, Alfred Park, Lalitha Devi Temple, Allahabad University and much more like Chandra shekhar azad park. Its good to visit during any season except summer.
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Nikhil kashyap Kashyap

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  • Nikhil kashyap Kashyap
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 6 Reviews
  •  38 helpful votes
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"Taste of Allahabad"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Mar 25, 2015
Maali patti, desi khowa, makkhan anda, ras golay, rabdi, variety of farsans and tunday kabab, yes we sinned again, that too soon after the dip at Sangam! Well, thats what Lognath street in Allahabad does to even non-foodies, and the four of us most certainly relish local food during our travels. Our stay in Allahabad was almost like homecoming thanks to Faraz's warm family and our new buddy Osama, who not only hosted us but also put up with our child-like enthusiasm to play tourists in the city, which is referred to as the 'literary capital of Uttar Pradesh'.
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Tansy A

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  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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  • 14 Reviews
  •  188 helpful votes
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"Sangam of divinity and serenity"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Feb 18, 2015
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

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  • Lives in Lucknow
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"A city of history"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Dec 30, 2014
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

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"An amazing place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Dec 10, 2014
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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"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

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"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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"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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