Allahabad is the meeting point for three rivers, the Ganges, the Yamuna and the invisible Saraswati, and is therefore one of the seven sacred cities for Hindus. Once in twelve years, Allahabad hosts the famous Kumbh Mela.
The city was an important cantonment during the British Raj and has some beautiful remnants of colonial architecture. The city is also famous for the fact that it was the residence of the illustrious Nehru family.
What to see
Sangam: The confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Sarasw’ati. The waters of the two rivers are.of different colours and their meeting point,is visible. Boats are available for visitors.
Allahabad Fort: The massive fort built by Akbar is presently used by the army and only a limited area is open to visitors. The magnificent outer wall is intact and rises above the water’s edge. Visitors are allowed to see the Ashokan pillar and Saraswati Kup, a well, said to be the source of the Saraswati river. The Pataipuri temple also is here. So is the much revered Akshay vat or immortal banyan tree.
Hanuman Mandir: Near the Sangam, this temple is unique for its supine image of Hanurnan. When the Ganga is in spate, this temple gets submerged.
Swaraj Bha Wan and Anand Bhawan: In 1930, Moti Lal Nehru donated this house to the nation, to be used as the headquarters of the Congress Committee. lndira Gandhi was born here. Anand Bhawan was the home of the Nehru family. Today it has been turned into a fine museum. Many momentous decisions and events related to the freedom struggle took place here. There is also a planetarium here.
Allahabad University: Still one of the famous universities in the country, it has a sprawling campus, graced by fine buildings in Victorian and Islamic architectural styles.
Chandra Shekhar Azad Park: Adjacent to the museum, this splendid park was once known as company Bagh. It has some fine colonial buildings, including a public library.
All Saints Cathedral: This magnificent cathedral, designed by Sir William Emerson is the finest of Allababad’s many churches dating to colonial times. Its stained glass panels are particularly beautiful.
Alopi Devi Temple;
Anand Bhawan (Timing: 0930 hrs to 1700 hrs, closed on Monday & Government holidays);
Beni Madhav Temple;
Children Museum (Bal Udyan);
Kalyani Devi Temple;
Swaraj Bhawan (Timings: 0930 hrs to 1300 hrs & 1400 hrs to 17300 hrs, Monday Closed);
Saraswati Ghar Park;
Shiv Koti and St. Joseph’s Cathedral.
Air: The nearest airport Varanasi 135 Km, is connected with major cities.
Rail: Allahabad is well connected by rail with major cities & towns in India.
Road: Allahahad is connected by road with Agra 483 Km, Ayodhya 165Km, Bhopal 632 Km, Calcutta 811 Km, Chitrakoot 128 Km , Delhi 603 Km, Hyderabad 1086 Km, Jaipur 673 Km, Khajurabo 294 Km, lucknow 204 Km, Mumbai 1502 Km, Patna 368 Km, Varanasi 135 Km, etc.
Area: 82 sq.km.
Altitude: 98 mts.
Temperature: Summer - Max: 46.6 Deq.C Min: 27.0 Deg.C
Winter - Max: 25.6 Deg.C Min: 10.5 Deg.C
Rainfall: 102 cm.
Season: October to March.
STD Code: 0532
Jhusi (9 Km): Situated across the Ganga, Jhusi has several temples and ashrams.
Arail (11 Km): Across the Yamuna, Arail is a religious centre with many temples.
Bhita (20 Km): An archecological site with remains dating to 300 BC.
Upardaha Lake (44 Km): It is one of the protected lakes of Uttar Pradesh.
Kaushambi (60 Km): A great centre of Buddhism and Jainism.
Kara (69 Km): Famous for the holy temple of Kara Devi (Shaitala Devi).
Sita Marhi (72 Km): Believed to be where Sita lived during exile at Vaimiki’s ashram.
Vindhyachal (93 Km): Famous for the temple of Vindhyachal Devi and Astbhuji Devi.
Chitrakoot (128 Km): According to the legend, Lord Ram stayed here while travelling through the forests during his exile.