Allahabad

Allahabad is a beautiful city situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. The city draws attention of pilgrims and heritage lovers from all over the world as it opens the traveller to a world of mythological and spiritual wonders. Allahabad is a fusion of sanctity, religion, traditions, history and architecture which offers varied experiences from historical to religious. Allahabad is one of the destinations which holds the Kumbh Mela, world’s largest congregation of devotees. For the Mughals the city had a great strategic importance to control their empire, and it also became a prominent administrative hub for the British era. The city was the nerve centre of activities during the India’s Freedom Movement. Several eminent national leaders were born on this land. Allahabad has also played a leading role in development of Hindi and Urdu literature. The city has been described in ancient scriptures as ‘Teerthraj’, the holiest pilgrimage centre and is indeed a perfect place to have a soulful escape.

PLAN YOUR TRIP

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

Anand Bhawan

A beautiful double storey building is an erstwhile ancestral home of the Nehru family. This stately mansion is where the planning to overthrow the British Raj was done by Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Inside the buildng are neatly preserved books, personal relics and photos belonging to the Nehru family, now a part of the Indian history and heritage. Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India got married here in 1942. The complex is also a home to the Jawahar Planetarium which runs educational shows every hour from 11.30AM to 4.30PM. 

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All Saint’s Cathedral

All Saints Cathedral in Allahabad was built in the late 19th century and today stands remarkably as a colonial structure. The intricate work and designs on the marble altar and the stained glass panel with the grand pulpit along with its arches in pale sandstone makes the building more attractive. The Anglican Church has a Gothic style of architecture, which makes it a major tourist attraction in Allahabad. All Saints Cathedral Church is also referred to as “Patthar Girja” (Stone Church). This landmark was designed by the British architect Sir William Emerson, in the year 1870. The church is located at the Sarojini Naidu Marg, Civil Lines, Allahabad, and is open only on Sundays from dawn to dusk.

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Khusro Bagh

 A walled garden that contains four important Mughal tombs built in the 17th century. This emerald garden complex has a rich history. One of the tombs belong to Prince Khusro who was the eldest son of Jahangir. Another one belongs to Khusro’s mother Shah Begum. The third tomb was constructed by Khusro’s sister Nesa Begum is beautiful to look at with multiple artistic carvings over it but remains empty. The last one which is smaller is known as Tamerlan's tomb and remains a secret. The artistic beauty of the place leaves the visitors awestruck. The beautiful arches, domes and chhatris are worth the time and admiration.

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Sangam and the Ghats

Sangam is the renowned spot for holy dip and offering prayers. This place is also known as Triveni Sangam. ‘Sangam’ meaning meet/merge, is so called because it is the point where the holy Rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet. One can hire boats from the Qila Ghat to see the actual spot where the rivers converge. Devotees also take bath in the river water with a belief to shed off their sins and attain ‘moksha’ (salvation). Devotees also immerse the ashes of their deceased relatives to help them achieve Moksha after death. The ghats are filled with swarming crowds. Nearby are the Saraswati and Nehru Ghats where evening Aartis take place.

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DEEP DIVE IN ALLAHABAD

Places to see

Get started on planning your holiday by looking at these popular places in Allahabad

HOW TO GET HERE?

FLIGHT BOOKING

Allahabad has its own airport, there is currently only one flight every day from Delhi (Air India). Visitors can also take a flight to Varanasi (120 kms) or Lucknow (200 kms).

BUS BOOKING

Allahabad falls on the NH-2 which runs from Delhi to Kolkata and is part of the Golden Quadrilateral - so the road connectivity from Delhi/Agra/Kanpur/Varanasi/Patna/Kolkata is good. There are also a frequent Volvo bus services to Allahabad from Varanasi/Lucknow.

TRAIN BOOKING

Allahabad is the headquarter of the North-Central division of Indian railways, and is very well connected by train to major cities in India. There are numerous overnight trains from Delhi/Kolkata and several trains connecting to nearby cities (Varanasi/Lucknow/Kanpur/Agra).

PLACE TO VISIT NEAR ALLAHABAD

Chitrakoot

115 KM

Chitrakoot meaning “the hill of many wonders” falls in the northern Vindhya range of mountains spread over the states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Lord Rama spend a major part of his exile here. According to the epic Ramayana, Chitrakoot is the place where Bharat, brother of Lord Rama came to visit him and asked him to return to Ayodhya and rule the kingdom. It is believed that the supreme Gods of Hinduism, (Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva) took incarnations here. The place is dotted with many temples and several religious sites. At Chitrakoot, everything relates to Lord Rama. One can also explore the amalgamation of culture and history on this land. Chitrakoot is a spiritual retreat, thronged almost throughout the year by travellers, who have a penchant for the unknown and unexplored. Chitrakoot is a perfect blend of divinity, serenity, and natural beauty.

Vindhyachal

88 KM

Vindhyachal, a town in Mirzapur district, situated on the bank of River Ganga is one of the most respected Shaktipeeths of Goddess Vindhyavasini. Referred in the ancient scriptures, Goddess Vindhyavasini is believed to be the instant bestower of blessings. Best known for the several shrines dedicated to the Goddess, this holy town also offers the visitors a chance to come close to natural wonders.Though Vindhyachal is a bustling town soaked with religious fervour, there is also a tranquil side not to be missed by the visitors. Located on banks of River Ganga, the land boasts green landscapes giving nature lovers their share of treat. 

Varanasi

120 KM

Varanasi or Banaras, mentioned in the scriptures as Kashi, is less of a city and more of a dreamy experience. It is a paragon of Indian culture, philosophy, traditions and spiritual ethos since times immemorial. It is among the Sapta Puries, meaning seven sacred cities of Ancient India. The city is located on the bank of River Ganga which has two tributaries in the city: Varuna and Assi; hence the name Varanasi. The combination of Kashi – the holy city, Ganga- the sacred river and Shiva- the supreme God, makes Varanasi an immortal destination. Today, Varanasi remains the hub of cultural and holy activities. In the field of learning, especially of Religion, Philosophy, Yoga, Ayurveda, Astrology, Dance and Music, the city is certainly unparalleled. The Banarasi Silk Sarees and Brocades are known worldwide for its elegance. Varanasi is full of surprises abounding every corner; the more one explores it, the more one falls in love with it!

Lucknow

200 KM

Lucknow, a city which upholds many cultures, heritage and arts of Uttar Pradesh, resonating in every corner. It gained prominence when Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula shifted the capital of Awadh from Faizabad to this city in 1775. They were great patrons of arts and laid the foundation from which Lucknowi culture emerged. Whether Lucknow’s mesmerizing architecture, sweetness in its language, elegant hospitality, and sophistication in its culture, exquisite crafts or the mouth-watering cuisine, this city never fails to win hearts of every traveller. Modern day Lucknow is a spectacular synthesis of past and present. It is a bustling capital city spreading both sides of the River Gomti with sprawling parks, British Era buildings and old monuments. Lucknow is famous for its charm, nazakat (Elegance) and nafasat (Refinement) – which is holding onto this land since time immemorial.