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Allahabad, the city of Triveni Sangam

Allahabad was previously known as Prayaga, the meeting place (Triveni Sangam) of three rivers - the Ganga, the Jamuna, and the invisible Saraswati. The Mughal emperor Akbar visited this place in 1575 and he renamed it as Allahabad (The city of Allah). Allahabad City became the provincial capital of the Mughals. After the end of Mughal Empire, the city was captured by Marathas and controlled it by them till the East India Company raise in power.

Allahabad is the second oldest city in India, now it covers an area of about 63 sq km. according to the census report of 2011 India, the city has a population of 1216720 and the city also serve as the administrative headquarters of the Allahabad District. It is a Hindu predominant region about 76.8% of population. And 22.7% of the city inhabitants are Muslim, few Buddha, Sikh and Christians also reside here. Hindi is the official language of the city but Urdu and English also used by some locals.

triveni sangam at morning

(Triveni Sangam at Morning, Allahabd City, Uttar Pradesh)

Allahabad is one of the most visited Hindu pilgrimage site in India. The festival of Kumbha Mela has a great significance by the locals and rest Indian parts of Hindu communities. Major festivals of the city are the Magha Mela, Kumbh Mela, Ardho Kumva Mela, Dasehra, Triveni Mahotsava etc. Best time to visit in Allahabad is November to February when temperatures remain pleasant and several religious festivals are celebrated.

The climate of Allahabad is humid and tropical in summer and dry and cool in winter. Summer season continues from April to end-June with temperatures variation from 36°C to 44°C. Monsoon season of Allahabad continues from end-June to September. Winter season (end-November to February) of this region is quit comfortable for tourist when the average temperatures remain close to 14°C but some time it may drop to the freezing point.

Places to visit in Allahabad

Triveni Sangam is a place where two rivers, Ganga and Yamuna meet. These two rivers are very sacred for Hindus and according to their mythology they believe that a invisible river, named Sawarsati also meet here. But in naturally, there have no physical existence of this river. During the month of December to February millenniums of people visit to this place when Kumbh Mela, Magha Mela are celebrated.

Anand or Swaraj Bhawan was the residential place of Nehru-Gandhi Family of India. It was constructed by Motilal Nehru, the father of Indian first PM Jawahar Lal Nehru. Now, it is converted into a museum and opens for common tourists. It was constructed in the Victorian style of architecture with a beautifully landscaped garden in front it. The first National Congress of India was formed here in 1885.

Jawahar Planetarium was constructed in 1979 by Indian government which is located just close to Anand Bhavan. Every year on 14th century a grand celebration of the birth anniversary of Jawahar Lal Nehru (first prime minister of India) take place in this building. This Planetarium is about 3.6 km away from Allahabad railway station on Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Allenganj.

Allahabad Fort was constructed by Mughal ruler Akbar in 1583 ad. It is the largest historical architecture in the city located on the banks of the Yamuna. Now the palace is reserved for Indian army, some limited area of the building is open to tourists. You will find several small buildings like the Zenana, Mariam-Uz-Zamani, Ashok pillar, etc inside the fort. Patal Puri Mandir is also here.

All Saints Cathedral was built in the Gothic style in 1887 but it entirely complete 40 years later. The Cathedral was designed by the great architect, Sir William Emerson. It is called also as Patthar Girija. This beautiful church is surrounded with lush green garden. One can easily get this church from Allahabad Railway Station with a one km walking through M G Road, Civil Lines.

Shivkoti Mahadev Temple or Someshwar Mahadev Mandir is located on the opposite site of Allahabad Fort, adjacent to the Triveni Sangam. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Every Monday is highly auspicious for the deity of Shivkoti Mahadev Temple. You can make a trip here during July and August months when a fair is held here.

Lalita Devi Temple is one of the most sacred places by Hindus located at Mirapur close to Triveni Sangam. This Temple is one of the two Shakti peeth present in the city. Hindus believe that the finger of Sati was fallen at the present place of the temple. Other Sakti Pitha temple of Allahabad is the Kalyani Devi temple.

Khusro Bagh is a large garden with a center tomb of Khusraw located adjacent to the Allahabad Railway Station. This garden is entirely surrounded with a large wall. Khusraw was the eldest son of Mughal ruler Jahangir and his tomb was completed in 1622.

Some more tourist detinations in the city of Allahabad are the New Yamuna Bridge, Saraswati Ghat, Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, Minto Park in Allahabad, Hanuman Temple, Shankar Viman Mandapam, Allahabad High Court, Benimadov Temple, Narayani Ashram, etc.

How to reach Allahabad?

Allahabad city is well connected to other major cities of India with a faster served transportation by buses, trains or flights. Some major neighboring cities of Allahabad are given bellow with road distance - Kanpur 198 km, Ayodhya 165 km, Lucknow 203 km, Patna 366 km and Varanasi 127 km.

Travel by Airway
The domestic Bamrauli airport of Allahabad located just 14 km away from city center. It plies several flights between the airport to Delhi, Kolkata and Lucknow. The international airports of Varanasi about 141 km away (Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport) and Lucknow about 198 km away (Amausi International Airport) may also be the suitable destinations to you. These two airports receive all type of flights across the world.

Travel by Roadways
Allahabad is well connected to rest of the states and big cities via several National and State Highways. The NH-2 connects Allahabad city to Delhi and Kolkata. NH-27 connects the city to Mangawan in Madhya Pradesh. NH-96 connects to NH-28 and it further connects to Faizabad. The long root bus services from maximum major cities of north India are accessible here.

Travel by Railways
Allahabad is the headquarters of the North Central Railway Zone. Allahabad Junction is the main railway station in the city. There have seven more railway stations within its city limits, all of these are well connected to major cities of Bharata namely - Delhi, Mumbai, Bangaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Calcutta, Bhopal, Jaypur etc.

Hotels in the Allahabad City

Hotel Kanha Shyam
Strachey Road, Allahabad
Phone: 0532-2560123
Hotel Grand Continental
Sardar Patel Marg, Civil Lines. 
Phone: 0532-2260631
Mayur Guest House
Sardar Patel Marg, Kohli Bhavan
Phone: 0532-2561262
Hotel Prayaga 
Noorullah Rd, Allahabad
Phone: 0532-2656416
Hotel Yatrik
Sardar Patel Marg, Alahabad
Phone: 0532-2260923
Hotel Kohinoor
Noorulla Road, Allahabad
Phone: 0532-2551992
Hotel Allahabad Regency
Tashkanta Marg, Allahabad
Phone: 0532-2407519
Hotel Samratt
M.G. Marg, Civil Lines, Alahabad
Phone: 0532-2561200
UPSTDC Tourist Bungalow
35, M.G. Marg, Civil Línes, Alahabad
Phone: 0532-2408374
Rahi Triveni Darshana
UPSTDC, Yamuna Bank Road
Phone: 0532-2558646
Hotel Prayaga Inn
Radio Station, Dayânanda Marg
Phone: 0532-3244943
Hotel Ramkrishana
Civil Lines, Alahabad
Phone: 0532-2407785

Information about Allahabad City

Country India
State Uttar Pradesh
STD Code 0532
ISD Code 0091532
Landmark At the confluence of Yamuna and Ganga Rivers, Triveni Sangam
Languages Hindi (main language), Urdu, English, etc.
Climate Winter average 14°C, Summer average 35°C
Best season to visit end-November to February
Attractions It is a Hindu religious site include many temples and historical buildings
Targeted Railway Station Allahabad Junction Station
Airport The domestic Bamrauli airport
Tourist Enquiry Uttar Pradesh Regional Tourist Office
Tourist Bungalow, MG Marg, Allahabad
Phone Number: 0532-2408873