Situated on the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati, Allahabad is among the holiest cities associated with Hinduism. Situated in eastern Uttar Pradesh, the city was earlier known as Prayag. It is one of the four sites where the Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years. The confluence of Ganga, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati, is also called Triveni or Sangam. It is a revered site and Hindus believe a dip in the holy water washes off sins.
The Mughal fort and tombs, British-era buildings and the monuments associated with the Nehru family are bound to interest travelers as much as the legends associated with the city.
According to Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma chose Prayag as the place to perform Prakrista Yagna at the beginning of the creation of universe.
Legend says when Devas and Rakhasas fought for the bowl of nectar of immortality which came out after the churning of the ocean, four drops of nectar fell on earth. Kumbh Mela is held at the four places – Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik – where drops of nectar fell.
The place is also mentioned in Chinese traveler Huan Tsang’s travelogues. According to him, Allahabad was part of Harshavardhan’s empire. Several dynasties are known to have ruled this city.
In 1575, the Moghul emperor Akbar visited Prayag and renamed the city Illahabad, which was later anglicized to Allahabad. Allahabad became the provincial capital city of the Moghuls. The city was also invaded by the Marathas. Queen Victoria’s Proclamation of 1858 by which power was transferred from East India Company to British Crown was read out by Lord Canning in Allahabad. The place is now known as Minto Park. Allahabad became the hot spot of India’s freedom movement against the British rule. Allahabad played an active role during the mutiny of 1857. The city has given India most number of Prime Ministers post independence.
WHERE TO STAY
There are several options for stay in Allahabad at convenient distance from the railway station and bus depots. An economy room will cost you a minimum of Rs 1000. Air-conditioning will be required as it is generally warm throughout the peak summer months. One can also get deluxe rooms which offer transport services, and also extra facilities like swimming pools and health clubs are also available. Hotels in the city also organize trips around the city.
WHERE TO EAT
Allahabad is a modern city and finding good restaurants shouldn’t be a problem. The Moghlai cuisine of Allahabad is very famous and one shouldn’t miss the Mogul themed restaurants here. There are various dishes and options to satisfy your taste-buds. Loknath area of the city is a favorite spot for foodies, offering street-food and typical Ilahabadi culture. There are budget as well as mid-range restaurants available throughout the city. Most restaurants do not offer liquor on their menu. Besides, drinking alcohol in public is frowned upon, while drinking in family restaurants is not allowed at all.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Allahabad is as given below. The best time to visit Allahabad is also specified.