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, Uttar Pradesh

(Allahabad is also known as Prayaga / Sangam; also spelled as Alahabad)
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State: Uttar Pradesh
District: Allahabad
Famous for/as: Pilgrim
Languages: Hindi, English, Urdu
Best Season: Oct - Mar
Weather: Summer 30 to 43°C, Winter 3 to 14°C
Altitude: 98 m
Pincode: 211xxx
STD code: 0532
Allahabad is one of the largest cities of the state of Uttar Pradesh. The city is situated on the meeting spot of 3 rivers — the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the invisible Saraswathi. This confluence, which is called Triveni, is sacred to the Hindus. Prayag was the ancient name of the city. According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma, the creator god of the Trinity, chose Prayag as the place to perform Prakrista Yaga at the beginning of the creation. The place has a mention in Huan Tsang’s work.

In 1575 the Moghul king Akbar visited Prayag and founded the city of Illahabad, which would later become Allahabad, meaning the 'The city of Allah'. Allahabad became the provincial capital city of the Moghuls. Later, Marathas captured the city. In 1857 the city became the center of the war of Indian independence. Allahabad later became the crucible of India’s freedom movement against the British rule. The city gave most number of prime ministers post independence.

Kumbh Mela, when the waters are said to be especially purifying, occurs every 12th year in Allahabad. This occasion is most sacred to the Hindus, and people gather in hundred thousands to take a holy dip in the confluence during this occasion.

Allahabad, which gave a lot of administrators and academicians, is an ancient city with shades of modernity. The main transport within the city still is rickshaws and tongas. Taxis and buses are also available. The city has been the place of haunting and lasting memories. Besides Hindus and Muslims, Jains and Christians are also live in considerable numbers. Allahabad is a popular city and tourists can opt for various cheap tour packages.
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Allahabad - King of All Pilgrimage Centers

  by Akshay Balraj  on Apr 21, 2010
If you are going on a pilgrimage, then you cannot find a better place than Allahabad. Allahabad also contains some heritage buildings which portray the best of Mughal architecture


Allahabad, the modern name of ‘Prayag’ has links to various ancient civilizations like the Iron Age. While most of the mythological beliefs associate the city with the Puranas and the Rigveda, the city also boasts of being an integral part of the Hindu mythological epic Ramayana.

Several dynasties are known to have ruled this city. According to the memoirs of Huien Tsang, the popular Chinese traveller, Allahabad was the reign of king Harshavardhan during 607 to 647 AD.

In the year 1193 Muhammag Ghori, conquest the reigns of Allahabad and brought it under the Delhi Sultanate empire. The Mughals took complete control over Allahabad in 1526 and it was during the reign of Akbar that the Fort of Akbar was built. After the death of King Akbar, the city was ruled by King Jehangir. Many Maratha excursions were also made at Allahabd. However, the city came under the British flag in 1765, after the blood-spattering battle between the British and the combined forces of Nawab of Awadh and Mughal Emperor Shah Alam.

Allahabad played an active role during the mutiny of 1857. It was during this time that Allahabad was made the capital of the North West province of the British and remained so for the next 20 years.

Allahabd has been an important seat of learning since times immemorial. Various legends like Subhadra Kumari and Harivansh Rai Bachchan have been born here. In the 19th century, Allahabad was referred as the ‘Oxford of the East’.

Travel within city

The city of Allahabad is well connected by air, rail and road. The city also has a good internal transportation system which travelers can use to visit the various sites that are available in the city. The city has air force base known as Bamrauli, this base also serves as an airport and is well connected to Delhi and Calcutta. Taxi services can be arranged from the airport either through the hotels or through the taxi booths that are available outside the airport. They cost around Rs 300 to reach the airport. Allahabad has railway stations within the city and all the stations are connected to the city either through auto rickshaws or taxis. The best option is to hire prep paid autos from the station.

There are five main modes of transportation in the city. Travelers can opt for buses, tempos, auto rickshaws or taxis.


Buses connect most of the main areas of the city and are easily accessible and are cheap. They cost Rs 40 from one end of the city to the other.

Shared Tempo

Shared tempo and autos are another good way to get around the city as they are fast and can be hailed of the road. Also, the prices are negotiable. Some street corners also have cycle rickshaws which are cheap and are a good option for short distances. There are no separate night fares.


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Comments (9) Reviews (5)
Thanks for sharing the post...
Last week i visited this places its very nice to visit and i booked my return Bus Ticket through
Posted by nithi 3 year ago
Thanks for sharing the post...
The city also has a good internal transportation system which travelers can use to visit the various sites that are available in the city.
Its nice place for that i booked my Bus Ticket through
Posted by nithi 3 year ago
I live in Allahabad.PVR is the famous place.
Posted by Ayush Sharma 3 year, 2 months ago
Posted by RAM CHANDRA 4 year, 7 months ago
winter season in Allahabad is enjoyable for me
Posted by Bijay 6 year, 3 months ago
it is so nice snd so pure.But nothing new for me,because i am also a allahabadi .
Born brought up at allahabad.
Posted by rahul mishra 6 year, 6 months ago
Allahabad is realy a holy place to visit, people there are really kind and humble in nature. You can enjoy allahabad sweet and also the samosa's ............
Posted by shasi Prakash Singh 7 year, 13 days ago
allahabad,its to beautiful.Its my native place.It had good historic placeces. i love its too much
Posted by rajesh kumar 7 year, 31 days ago
You all can reach allahabad statoin and take a taxi from outside the junction

Posted by Pawan 7 year, 39 days ago

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