Tourism: A Visit to Prayag, Allahabad

Allahabad is famous for the Kumbh mela, archealogical sites and has always been in the headlines of Indian politics. Allahabad is steeped in mythology of prayag, also called Triveni or Sangam. Prayag is the confluence of the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Allahabad was first named as Ilabash. It was Shah Jahan who changed the name to Illahabad which meant abode of Allah. In 1858 the British shifted their headquarter from Agra to Illahabad and the Britishers pronounced it as Allahabad.

The city of Allahabad is situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Tourism is incomplete without a visit to Allahabad. It is a place of mythological importance and archeological richness which has been attracting millions of peoples to visit Allahabad. It is a paradise for pilgrims and travellers. There is neither sea nor mountains in Allahabad but the splender of of the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati has made this city famous. It is also well known for the Kumbh mela which is held once in 12 years. Lacs of people visit Allahabad during this time when the administration has a tough time handling the tourists and maintaining law and order. It was here that Gandhiji gave his call of non-violence at the National Conference of the Indian Congress party. Hence Allahabad became a place of importance in Indian politics. Every tourist should visit Prayag also called Triveni or Sangam for a Holy dip when they visit Allahabad. Other places of tourist attractions are Anand Bhawan where Indira Gandhi had spent her childhood days. Allahabad University, Akbar Fort, Ashoka pillar and Allahabad museum are the chief attractions here.

Tourist Attractions


Prayag is situated 8 kilometers from the railway station.It is the conflunuence of river Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Prayag means renunciation. The confluence can be clearly noted by the difference in the water colour of the rivers. The colour change is visible. The colour of the water of the river Ganga is muddy brown and the water colour of river Yamuna looks blue. The confluence can be watched at sunrise and sunset, it makes a beautiful scene. Many people and devotees come from all over the world to take a holy dip at the famous prayag. There are boats which take people to see the confluence closely. People bathe in waist-deep water. The famous Kumbh mela and Maghi fair takes place here. The famous fair occurs in January-February. Kumbh mela occurs once in 12 years and Ardh Kumbh occurs once in 6 months.

Akbar Fort

Emperror Akbar had build a rock fort in 1583 on the banks of river Saraswati. The fort is made up of red Sandstone and has 3 entrances. The first building of the fort was for King Akbar's personal abode. The second building was for the Begum. The third building for relatives and guests. The fourth for the army barrack. There are 27 underground cells called 'Tehkhana'. There is a well called 'Kanyakup' where people sacrificed their life for the fulfillment of their wish. Around the well is 'Akshaybat' the ancient banyan tree. People believe that the leaves of this tree brings fortune to the homes of people who keep the leaf. The Akshaybat is present in the half lit courtyard, 20 feet below the fort's ground level. The pataalpuri temple is at the left probably this is the temple where Jodhabai worshipped. The people tie knots around the branches to get their wishes fulfilled. Life-sized black stone image of Yudhisthira is there, Siddhwanath's image is made of brown stone. God and Godesses of hindu mythology crowd here. To visit Akbar's fort permission of commandant ordinance department, fort has to be taken at least 15 days in advance. Foreigners are not allowed in the fort.

Ashoka Pillar

The Ashoka pillar is made of red sand stone. It is buit at the entrance opposite to Akbar's Fort. The tourists can visit this fort. The Fort remains open for the tourists from 10 am to 5 pm but permission should be taken from the Security officer. Foreigners are not allowed.

Anand Bhawan

The first floor of the Anand bhawan is fascinating. It is well maintained. It is now a museum and the tourists have to pay the entrance fees. Anand bhawan was once the house of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Indira Gandhi was born here.

Swaraj Bhawan

It is now a museum. Tourists have to pay entry fee. The museum has collections and exhibits rich associations of freedom movement.

Allahabad High Court

Tourists should visit Allahabad high court. It is an architectural marvel.

Khumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela occurs once inevery 12 years and thousands of devotees come to take Holy dip in the famous prayag. Khumbh mela occurs once in 12 years and Ardh khumb mela occurs once in 6years. During Kumbh mela ALllahabad gets full of tourists as well as devotees.

Best time to visit

Tourists can visit Allahabad all through the year as the climate is tropical and pleasant. For pilgrims the best time to visit is during Maghi fair, in the months of January-February and during Kumbh mela.

How to Reach Allahabad

Allahabad is well connected by roads from all directions east, west, north and south. Since it is located in the National Highway 2 and 27 one can easily reach Allahabad from Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai or Mumbai. It is also well connected by railway network. Railway station is located in the heart of the city. People can reach Allahabad from many parts of the country by trains. Important trains via Allahabad are:
Varanasi-Mumbai Mahanagri Express
Patna LTT Express
Howrah-Mumbai Mail
Rajdhani Express
Allahabad LTT Express
New Delhi Puri Puroshotham Express
Ganga Kaveri Express
Allahabad is also connected by air with various Indian cities. The Bamrauli Airport is located about 15 kms from the heart of the city.

Hotels and Accomodations

The Hotels and resorts are present in the serene and calm atmosphere of thecivil lines.The Hotels provide A/C Deluxe rooms, executive chambers and suites. Good food is served here and all modern facilities are available. Some of the Hotels are:
Hotel Saket
Hotel Kanha Shayam
Allahabad Regency
Vivek Hotel
Grand Continental Hotel.

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Author: Ravi19 Apr 2020 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

The author has beautifully described the tourist places, accommodation and trains to reach this beautiful destination. Being a native resident of this place, I would like to add here Khusro Bagh, which is located beside the railway station is one such place which the tourists must visit. Built in the Mughal era, its architecture is too good. Regarding popular restaurants, I would recommend you to visit Sulaki, Netram, as their kachoris are famous in the entire city. You will definitely love it.

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