Ideal duration: 1 – 2 days Major Airports: Bamrauli Airport or Allahabad Airport(Domestic Airport) Best time: October to March
Since years, Allahabad has been known as Prayag or TeerthRaj, this pious city located on the amalgamation of three holy rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Well renowned as the third most lively city in Uttar Pradesh. This city gives you the glimpse of traditional and modern diversity among the places and the people. You will find the essence of being the Allahabadi in everyone, no matter if someone is Hindu, Muslim, Jain, or Christian. Also, this populous city has an abundance of rich heritage, culture and art with mythological glories. Melas, Mandirs, Festivals, and specific rituals performed in ghats engulf this city with travellers all over the year. Kumbh Ka Mela adjourns pilgrims from across the globe, at the divine confluence of Sangam.
Having numerous Hindu Shrines, Ashrams, Ghats, and Temples, or the remarkable wonders of Mughal and British architecture, that includes Yamuna Bridge, Triveni Sangam, Allahabad Museum, Alfred Park, Ashoka Pillar, Khusro Bagh, Akshayavat, Patalpuri Temple, Sri Bade Hanuman Mandir along with All Saints Cathedral and many more. Tourist finds various spots to buy exquisite jewellery at Civil lines, or religious items like camphor, vermilion, and mythic books and lastly lip-smacking delicacies at Loknath chowk.
The History of Allahabad begins with the saga of the earlier settlements of the Aryans were established in this city, then known as Prayag. Also, with the reference of the Indian epic Mahabharata, it is said that Pandava brothers found shelter during the time of the battle.
As the time passes, works of Hiuen Tsang, the Chinese chronicler found this city, during the reign of Emperor Harshavardhana at 647 AD. The town is also famous for its role in the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, the first war of Indian Independence after which the city was merged with Punjab, and then the capital of North West Provinces was transferred to Allahabad.
The tales of conquering this sacred land by Marathas, Mughals and Britishers add the incredible history among the people and to the soil of Allahabad.
Medley of Cultures
Birthplace of Hindu holy scriptures (The Vedas) or Puranas, Ramayana and Mahabharata, and with this, it is named by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the year 1583. The name was derived from Arabic and Islamic word Allah which meant god.
This city is blessed with the numerous religious fairs and festivals, and one of them is Kumbh Mela, which is highly famous worldwide among the pilgrims. Held once in every 3 years, at Sangam has a significant influence on the common man of India; also Maha Kumbh Mela or Purna Kumbh Mela held once in every 12 years only at Allahabad. There is one more Magh Mela (fair) that is usually held in the month of February.
Domicile for the Hindu’s, this place is counted among the second largest in population for Muslims too since centuries. That’s why Khari Boli ( Hindi ) and Urdu both are the prominent dialects of this city. Allahabad is called as the Literary capital of Uttar Pradesh as much eminent literature, art, poetry, music, politics all holds the connection of rich past with this place. Hindustani Classical Music and Kathak are renowned for classical music and dance forms. Aroma of life is lived here in the form of Yagya, Aartis and Puja – Archana.
Where the greatest and sacred rivers meet, a holy confluence of the three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati make this place more spiritually abundant. While the Ganga is shallow and forceful and properly visible, the Yamuna is deep but calm and greenish, the Saraswati remains hidden, but magically she makes her presence felt underwater. It’s a lifetime moment to witness the such a divine “Sangam”. One has to hire a boat to reach till the point of Sangam; also thousands of people take a dip at this place, with the belief that they will get rid of their sins here or attain the Mokash ( get free from the cycle of rebirth). There are sure mythic tales, one of them is that some drops of immortal nectar fell onto this spot at the Triveni Sangam during a mythological battle between gods and demons, and since then it is reckoned as the holy place.
Kumbh Mela is also being organised here, according to the astrological dates which depict, when the waters of the sacred rivers will turn into nectar.
What you will like
The sacred shrines of Hindus, ghats, evening Ganga aarti, pilgrims from all over the world gathers to visit Triveni Sangam. Also, a perfect family holiday spot.
What you might not like
Some places are not neat and hygienic clean, chaotic lanes. Beware of the thaags (conmen).
Pilgrims, explorers, solo travellers, travel bloggers.
Eateries in Allahabad
Being the culturally rich, this city has its own serene beauty after sunset around ghats. The pleasant evening aura of such a divine place is well enjoyable with the scrummy street food, and foodies Allahabad has fully loaded streets and lanes with authentic and impressive eateries.
Begin your journey with the Kachori sabzi at Netram kachori they serve this delectable dish with Raita, Pickle and ‘Sonth’(Red chutney) , and definitely not to miss chaat Nirala Ki Chaat in Loknath , here you can try wide range of golgappa, ‘aloo tikki’, ‘dahi-sonth ke batashe’, ‘papdi chaat’, another spot is Shambhu ki Chaat at Harshvardhan Crossing, here you will get the best Aloo-tikki around the whole Allahabad. And if you are a sweet tooth, here is the perfect joint for you Hera Halwai, go for ‘Gari ki Barfi’, ‘Gulab Jamuns’ and ‘ ‘Dahi-jalebi’ they are too good!
Also, one can have multiple options in these streets to spot Allahabadi Cuisine, Zamin Doz Machli, Dum Bhindi, Shab Deg, Nihari is being famous since the time of Nawabs of Allahabad, Tandoori Naans and Lacha Paranthas, and sweet dishes like Motichoor ke ladoos, Gujia, Gewer, Sheer Qorma.
Day 1- Visit Hanuman Mandir, one of the famous hindu temple, then visit the Triveni sangam , explore the fantastic view of blend of three holy rivers.You can witness the ganga aarti at the evening. By the day, visit the Akshaya Vat ,Anand Bhavan, or Ashoka Pillar.
Day 2- Check out the local streets the market , taste some authentic delicacies. Then visit the amazing mughal architecture Khusro Bagh, or Alfred Park and other tourist destinations.