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Allahabad Travel guide
Allahabad is one of the fastest developing cities of Uttar Pradesh. It is also one of the cleanest cities of UP. Allahabad is situated at the convergence of river Ganga and Yamuna.
Allahabad is a historian's paradise. History lies within the walls, in its fields, forests and settlements. Forty-eight kms, towards the southwest, on the docile banks of the Jamuna, the ruins of Kaushambi, at one time capital of the Vatsa kingdom and later a thriving center of Buddhism, bear silent testimony to a forgotten and once a fascinating era. On the eastern side, across the river Ganga and connected to the city by the Shastri Bridge is Jhusi, usually identified with the ancient city of Pratisthanpur, capital of the Chandra dynasty. About 58 kilometers northwest is the medieval site of Kara with its enormous yet impressive wreckage of Jayachand's fort. Sringverpur, is another fascinating ancient site discovered relatively recently, and has become a major attraction for tourists and antiquarians alike.
Prayag is an extremely important and integral part of the Ganga Yamuna Doab, and its history is inherently tied with that of the Doab region, right from the inception of the town. So if you are looking for a culture trip, this would be an ideal trip to plan.
The name of the city is derived from the one given to the city by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1583. The name in Indian languages or in India generally is Allahbad; Allah being Arabic for "god". The ancient name of the city is Prayaga and is believed to be the place where Brahma offered his first sacrifice after creating the world. It is one of four sites of the famous Kumbh Mela, the others being Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik. It holds a position of importance in the Hindu religion and mythology since it is situated at the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga and Yamuna, and Hindu belief says that the sacred Saraswati River also joins here.
Allahabad is a hub of students coming from all over the world to seek knowledge at the prestigious:
Some important attractions are:
- University of Allahabad has recently been bestowed upon the Central University status and is frequently called the "Oxford of the East".
- MNNIT Allahabad, one of the twenty NITs is among the few Institutes of National Importance of India. It is consistently rated among the most premier T-Schools of India.
- Allahabad Agricultural Institute- Deemed University is the oldest such institute in South Asia. It has produced a huge number of scientists, agricultural engineers and professionals working in India and abroad.
- IIIT-A is a very famous and well known institute started by Ministry of Human Resource Development (Govt. of India) to provide an outstanding and highly rated educational experience with state-of-the-art infrastructure. IIT-A is also rated among the top 20 Engineering Schools in India.
Sangam: This is perhaps the holiest place of India. Here the Ganga meets two of her sisters Jamuna and Saraswati. You can distinctly identify the brownish waters of Ganga from the greenish waters of Jamuna. Here thousands of pilgrims take bath and offer homage to their deceased ancestors.
Kumbha Mela: It happens only once in 12 years. If you are lucky then you can witness this huge religious fair visited by millions of devotees from all over the world.
Patalpuri Temple: This temple is located inside the fort and is believed to be visited by Lord Rama. Another important personality to come here was Hiuen Tsang. The Akshaya Vat located inside is known to be immortal and the shaft on which it is located is believed to be leading to Triveni.
Allahabad Fort: This huge majestic fort built by Emperor Akbar in 1583 A.D fort stands on the banks of the Yamuna near the confluence. As being the largest of Akbar's forts, it is matchless in its design and construction. Now used by the army, prior permission is needed for a visit except for a limited area, open to visitors. The fort has massive walls and three gateways flanked by high towers. Inside the fort there is the Zenana (harem) and the 3rd century BC Ashoka pillar moved to the fort from Kausambi, 'Saraswati Koop'; a well, said to be the source of the Saraswati river, Patalpuri, the underground temple and the much-revered 'Akshaya Vata' or immortal Banyan tree within the temple.
The Ashoka pillar standing 10.6 meters high has several edicts and a Persian inscription of Emperor Jahangir encrypted on it, commemorating his accession to the throne.
Allahabad Museum: Allahabad Museum located at Kamala Nehru Road inside Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, has 18 galleries which contains a wide range of stone sculptures. The sculptures include 2nd BC pieces from Bharhut and Kausambi, 1st Century AD Kushana from Mathura, 4th-6th century Gupta and 11th century carvings from Khajuraho all dipped in history. The exhibits also include terracotta figurines from Kausambi, Rajasthani Miniatures, coins and paintings by Nicholas Roerich and artifacts donated by the Nehru family. Open daily from 10:30 am to 4:30 PM except Mondays.
Anand Bhavan: Anand Bhavan was the former ancestral home of the Nehru family. Donated to the Indian government in 1970 by Indira Gandhi, it was turned into a museum. The exhibits in the two storied building seen through glass panels include personal items of Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru; the first Prime Minister of Independent India, Indira Gandhi and her sons Sanjay Gandhi and Rajeev Gandhi. One can even see the room where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay during his visits, Jawarlal Nehru's room and study also.
Anand Bhavan is open between 9:30 am and 05:00 pm except Mondays.
There is a Jawahar planetarium built in 1979 in the compound. It is open from 11:00 am to 04:00 pm. except Mondays.
The places that you can visit from Allahabad are Jhusi, a place of serenity, Bhita, an archeological site and Shringverpur, a place famous for both myths and historical kingdom.
Best season to visit:
Allahabad experiences all four seasons. The summer season is from April to June with the maximum temperatures ranging between 40 to 45 °C. Monsoon begins in early July and lasts till September. The winter season falls in the months of December, January and February. Temperatures in the cold weather could drop to freezing with maximum at almost 12 to 14 °C. So, October and November seem to be the best season to visit this developed city.
How to get there:
By Air: The nearest airports are Varanasi, Kanpur and Lucknow.
By Rail: The city has direct rail connections with important cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Patna, Gwalior, Meerut, Chennai, Mumbai, Varanasi and Guwahati.
By Road: Allahabad, on National Highway 2 and 27, is connected to the rest of the country by good, motorable all-weather roads.
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