Popularly known as Sangam Nagari and Kumbh City, Allahabad (Prayagraj) is a religious pilgrimage town in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is known worldwide for its magnificent social and cultural activities. This caaity has had an important place in Indian history as a sacred religious city from ancient times to modern times. Along with the ups and downs of history, the name of this city has also changed. The ancient name of Allahabad was ‘Prayag’. It is said when Lord Brahma, after creating the universe, performed a Yagya for the first time for the welfare of the people of this earth. This Yagya was performed in Allahabad itself, hence the name of this city was Prayag.
Seeing the presidency of Allahabad’s holy land, Mughal emperor Akbar changed the name of this city to ‘Illahbas’ or “Abode of God”, which was later changed to ‘Allahabad’. In the modern era after the medieval period, the name of this city was changed to Prayagraj.
The civilization and culture of this place are so magnificent that the people here are addressed with great respect, If you want to see and feel the untouched culture here, then the best time for you to come here will be of ‘Kumbh Mela’. Here Kumbh Mela and Ardhkumbh Mela are grandly organized after every 12 years and 6 years. Although Kumbh Mela is celebrated in Haridwar, Nashik, and Ujjain, besides Allahabad, but the most sacred and grand Kumbh Mela is planned in Allahabad itself.
In this fair, crores of devotees and saints, from each corner of the world come to take a sacred dip of faith in the holy Triveni Sangam of Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. The shade here is worth seeing at this time. Entire Ghats are decorated with lamps, flower paintings, lightings, and sound systems.
Major tourist places to visit in Allahabad:
1- Triveni Sangam: –
Firstly, I will suggest the Triveni Sangam in Allahabad (Prayag). The major religious and tourist place in Allahabad is Triveni Sangam. Allahabad is famous all over the world for its Triveni confluence, situated on the sacred banks of river Ganges and Yamuna. On this holy coast, the confluence of the three rivers Ganga Yamuna and Saraswati takes place. Therefore, Allahabad is also known as Sangamanagari. Triveni Sangam is a holy pilgrimage center for the people of the Hindu religion. Every year, lakhs of devotees come here to take a dip of faith. It is said that by taking a bath on this holy Sangam, all your sins would be washed away.
Every year from January to February, the world’s largest fair ‘Magh Mela’ is held on this holy Sangam. This fair starts from the day of Makar Sankranti and ends on Mahashivaratri as well as attracts thousands of visitors. There are huge crowds of devotees here on Makar Sankranti and Mahashivaratri day. It is said that bathing in the Triveni Sangam on this day brings salvation and virtue. The scenic views of this fair look very beautiful on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Generally, there is a well enough hustle and bustle of devotees here for the solemn year, but at this moment there is a huge crowd of devotees.
To visit the Sangam, you can take a ride for just 11 km from the railway station and 24 km from the airport.
2- Mankameshwara Temple-
Secondly, it is Mankameshwar Temple situated on the banks of the river Yamuna is a pilgrimage place for the people of the Hindu religion. As it appears from the name itself, ‘Mankameshwara Temple’ means the temple that fulfills desires. It is an ancient temple that is also mentioned in the Puranas. Every Monday of Savan month, there is a large crowd of devotees. Apart from Sawan month, there is no place to set foot on Mahashivaratri. On this day, long-queues of devotees are engaged for worship. Devotees come here with many desires in their mind. It is said that the suffering and sorrows of the people are overcome by mere sightings here.
In addition to the Mankameshwara temple, the Shivalinga of Karjamukteshwar and Siddheshwar Mahadev is situated on the temple premises. The faith of devotees is enshrined in the brick-brick of this holy temple. When you are planning to follow the trip to Allahabad, then you must add this temple.
3- Patalpuri Temple-
The next place is the Patalpuri Temple. It is one of the ancient temples in Allahabad. This temple built inside the ground is next to Akshayavat inside the Allahabad Fort. Being built inside the ground, it is called the Patalpuri temple. Idols of many deities have been installed in this temple. In this way, you can see Patalpuri temple as well as other rare sculptures. Being inside the ground, the experience of visiting this temple will be completely new for you. Thousands of devotees come here every day for darshan. The main root of Akshayavat is Mavjud in this temple. Therefore, the importance of this temple increases further. It is believed that Lord Ram came to this temple.
4– Bade Hanuman Ji Temple-
The special thing about this temple is that the idol of Lord Hanuman is in a lying posture here. This feature makes it different and special from other temples. This temple is a center of affinity for the tourists and devotees of Allahabad. There is a huge crowd of devotees here on Tuesday than on other days. Whenever you visit Allahabad, you must visit this rare temple. There are many beliefs and stories about this temple that take you centuries back.
It is said that you will get a good result of bathing in Triveni Sangam only when you visit this rare idol. Like other temples in Allahabad, this temple is very ancient and divine as well as shows historical beauty. The experience of seeing this temple will be very special for you. Hanuman Ji is decorated with various flowers in a lying posture. After the decoration, this idol looks very beautiful and divine.
5- Shivkuti Temple-
Located in Teliarganj, Allahabad, this temple is a unique temple for Shiva devotees. This temple is also known as the ‘Shiva Kachahari Temple’. This temple situated on the banks of the Ganges is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The things that make this temple special are the numerous lingams installed here. This temple has around 375 Shivlingas which is a center of attraction for devotees and tourists. This temple is called ‘Shiva Kachahari’ because devotees do sit-ups here by holding ears and apologize for their mistakes.
6- Maharishi Bharadwaj Ashram-
The ashram of Maharishi Bharadwaj located opposite the Anand Bhawan is a very sacred and ancient religious place. It is said that Rishi Bharadwaj was the first resident of Allahabad. According to the Riktantra, he was the fourth grammar-spokesperson after Brahma, Jupiter, and Indra. He had gained knowledge of grammar from Indra. According to the belief, Lord Rama came to this ashram along with Lakshmana and Sita Ji to get the blessings of sage Bharadwaj while going to exile. Therefore, the importance of this place increases further. Apart from the statue of Bharadwaj, there are hundreds of idols here. With the mere sight of these idols, you will feel Divya Anand.
7- Allahabad Fort-
To explore tourist places to visit in Allahabad, Allahabad fort may be one of the best options. Located at the confluence of Ganges and Yamuna, Allahabad Fort is the pride of Allahabad. This fort was built by Emperor Akbar in 1575 in view of the divinity and strategic position of Allahabad. From the point of view of architecture and security, this fort was very beautiful and strong at that time. For tourists, ‘Allahabad Fort’ is one of the main tourist places in Allahabad. Or to say that after the Triveni Sangam in the first place for tourists, Allahabad Fort is in the second place. In this fort, you will get to see the Ashoka pillar, Saraswati Koop and Jodhabai Palace. More than half of the fort is used by the Indian Army.
This fort is just 7 km from the railway station and 21 km from the airport. And to make a trip to the city and around, it will be easy to rent a taxi service with a driver and ride around.
Ashoka Pillar – 10.6 meters high, located at the main entrance of the fort, is the main charm for tourists. This pillar is famous all over India by the name of ‘Ashoka Pillar’. This pillar has inscriptions of three rulers.
8- Swaraj Bhavan-
The old name of Swaraj Bhavan was ‘Anand Bhavan’. This building is a historical heritage of India. This two – storeys building is a unique piece of architecture that was built by Motilal Nehru. This building was earlier the residence of the Nehru family. The first woman Prime Minister of the country, Shri Mati Indra Gandhi was born in this building. Later Jawaharlal Nehru dedicated it to the country for the social and economic upliftment of the Indian people. At present, this building is used as a museum. Memories of the Nehru family members are kept in this museum. You can see all these things. In this building, many conferences of the Indian freedom struggles were called.
9- Jawahar Planetarium –
Located on the premises of Anand Bhawan (Swaraj Bhavan), Jawahar Planetarium is a place of curiosity and entertainment for tourists. You can get astronomical and scientific information in this planetarium. But to go inside it, you have to pay for the ticket. The beautiful composition of this building will mesmerize you. Here you can come to enjoy it with your whole family and friends. This planetarium is open seven days a week. The show is organized here at different times.
10- Minto Park –
Minto Park is a very beautiful and historical park located on the banks of the river Yamuna which enhances the beauty of Allahabad. It is also known as Madan Mohan Malaviya Park. Being historical, this park has many memories associated with it. This is where Queen Victoria’s manifesto was read. Apart from this, what makes this park special is the white stone monument located here, on which four statues of lions have been placed. The beauty of this park is attributed to the beautiful gardens and trees here. If you want to see the beauty of it, then the time will be very good for you in the morning and evening. If you have come to visit Allahabad with your children, then this park is the best option for the children to roam and have fun.
11- Amar Shaheed Chandrashekhar Azad Park-
This park as the historic spot is the largest and beautiful park in Allahabad. Its vastness can be gauged from the fact that Allahabad Museum, Allahabad Public Library, Sangeet University, Stadium, and Prayag Sangeet Samiti are also located in this park. This park is known by many names such as Amar Shaheed Chandrashekhar Azad Park, Company Bagh, and Alfred Park. Before independence, this park was named ‘Alfred Park’ and after independence, Amar Shaheed Chandrashekhar Azad. In this park, Chandrasekhar Azad had sacrificed his life while fighting with the British. This is the reason why this park was named Chandrasekhar Azad in his memory.
The main charm of this park is the Chandrasekhar Azad statue and the Queen Victoria Memorial. The Queen Victoria Memorial is a beautiful building made of white marble. A huge statue of Rani Victoria was installed in the center of this memorial but later it was removed from here. To visit here, book a taxi service in Allahabad at the best fare rates as well as car rentals with driver and explore around easily.
12- Khusro Bagh-
Khusro Bagh is the third most beautiful and famous tourist place in Allahabad. This tomb made of red Baluha stone tells the story of the Mughals. In this garden, there is the tomb of Khusro, his sister, and his Rajput. Seeing these tombs, you can get a glimpse of the Mughals Shano-Shaukat. This tomb is very large and lovely in appearance. These tombs have excellent carvings, which are a center of affinity and curiosity for tourists. Lovely flower gardens and water fountains have been built around these tombs. This garden also has a garden of fine guava.
13- All Saints’ Cathedral-
This historic building made in Gothic style still stands firmly in the Sarojini Naidu Marg, Civil Lines of Allahabad. The Gothic style is born of ‘Romanesque architecture’. The influence and development of this art have been in most European countries. Buildings under this art bear geometric designs, circular and triangular frequencies. This style is used especially in the construction of Christian churches. It is a beautiful structure made of church marble and red sandstone. This church is also known as the ‘stone church’. During Christmas, this church is filled with tourists and Christian people.
14- New Yamuna Bridge-
Equipped with modern techniques, Yamuna Bridge is a center of charm for tourists and local people. This bridge, built-in as 2004 a world-class technology, is no less than a surprise for the people of India. This bridge will look like a bridge to European countries. The Yamuna bridge is also known as ‘Naini Pul’ and ‘Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Setu’. The most important thing about this bridge is to be made of a cable system. There is a crowd of tourists here in the morning and evening hours. At night, when the light on this bridge burns, its view is very psychic. From this bridge, you can see pretty views of the city of Allahabad.
15- Ghats to Worship & Roam-
Apart from all these places in Allahabad, there are many beautiful ghats to roam and worship. The most beautiful and famous ghats here are Saraswati Ghat, Arial Ghat, Balua Ghat, Banyan Ghat, and Dashashwamedh Ghat, etc. You can also do boating besides worshiping at these ghats.
All these pieces of points are about the places of wandering and worshiping. Now, let’s talk about staying, eating, and shopping in Allahabad. To stay in Allahabad, you will get the best hotels at both cheap and expensive rates. Good restaurants, Dhabas, and street food shops will be found for you to eat. For shopping in Street Market, you will find Civil Lines, Katra, Chowk, etc. And if you want to shop in shopping malls, then you will find many big shopping malls in Allahabad.
To visit and shop at all these places, you can book cab service in Allahabad from Bharat Taxi. You can take a local tour of the entire Allahabad by booking a cab with Bharat Taxi. Bharat Taxi gives you good taxi service at a very cheap rate. To travel in local either for pick up and drop, one-way or round trip, you can easily book a cab in this city. And make a trip around the city either as a solo trip or as a family tour.