Famous all over the world for being one of the Indian cities where the largest religious fair on the earth, Kumbh Mela, is held after every 12 years, Allahabad is one of the holiest cities in North India. It appeals with its diversified Indian culture and is best known for the Triveni Sangam, the meeting point of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati.
Read on to learn more about Triveni Sangam and other amazing sights and experiences to explore in this city.
The most prominent tourist destination of the city, Triveni Sangam is the confluence of the India’s three major rivers namely the Ganges, Yamuna and the invisible Saraswati. All these rivers have their own unique identity. It is the holiest point in the city, drawing many pilgrims from all parts of the world, and is among the major sites of the twelve-yearly event, Kumbh Mela. Besides, Hindus believe that a dip in the Triveni can free you of all sins.
Built in 1930s by the Indian leader Motilal Nehru as his Family residence, Anand Bhavan is now transformed into a museum where several artefacts and articles related to India’s Independence movement are displayed. Beautifully designed with the wooden furniture imported from Europe and China, this place is truly a sight to behold for history lovers. It is situated in the heart of the city and has been home to Indira Gandhi, the only female Prime Minister of India, who turned it into a house museum depicting the life of the Nehru Family.
Situated on the banks of the Yamuna close to its confluence with the river Ganges, Allahabad Fort was built by the Mughal emperor Akbar in 1583. It is the largest fort built by Akbar and astonishes visitors with its high watchtowers guarding the three galleries in the fort complex. The major draw of the fort is some of the monuments and buildings inside it including the Saraswati Koop, the Zanana palace for the women and a 3rd century BC Ashoka Pillar. Besides, history buffs would also love to explore some other notable attractions including the Patalpuri temple and Akshayavat, Immortal tree held sacred in Hindu mythology.
Home to three mausoleums built in Mughal styled architecture, Khusro Bagh is a large walled garden appealing to history and architecture lovers from across the globe. Situated close to Allahabad Railway Station, it is a beautiful place to explore and learn about historical significance through the tomb of Prince Khusro, one of the sons of Emperor Jahangir. It is surrounded by high walls protecting Khusro Mirza’s tomb and amazes with the fine carvings and motifs from Mughal era.
The largest park in Allahabad, Alfred Park is where the freedom fighter, Chandra Shekhar Azad died during fight with the British in 1931. This park draws visitors with its distinctive beauty and historical importance. Since it was constructed in the year 1870 to mark the visit of Prince Alfred to Allahabad, it was called Alfred Park. Besides, it used to serve as the venue for the huge official gatherings and ceremonies during the time of British rule in India.