Call it the 'King of Pilgrimages' or the 'Land of Kumbh Mela', the hallowed city of Allahabad is more than just a spiritual destination. Agreed, Allahabad is the ultimate stop for spiritual seekers in quest of divine grace. Erstwhile known as Prayag, Allahabad, the seat of salvation, isn't just about confluence of three sanctified rivers but confluence of various faiths. Home to ascetics, sages, pilgrims and devout, this sanctified city holds distinction for being the intellectual hub of India. The antediluvian city of Allahabad hosts an array of historical and educational attractions that makes for a spectacular sight. From museums to mausoleums to rambling ramparts, the architectural delights of this city are truly impeccable. Adding to this are its local culture, unique literature, luscious cuisine, and incredible people of the land. If you wish to unearth all about Allahabad and its major tourist attractions, then trail the following write-up for further information.
Tourist Attractions In Allahabad
When travelling to Allahabad, you simply cannot return without taking a dip in the holy confluence, better known to the world as 'sangam'. The conflux of three major rivers - the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, the 'Triveni Sangam' serves as the backdrop of the country's biggest fests, Kumbh Mela and Ardh Kumbh that draws devout Hindus by scores. As per the myths, during the 'churning of the ocean of milk' (samudra manthan), a few drops of the holy nectar (amrit) spilled into the water here, thereby bestowing it with a sacred status among the Hindus. During the months of January and February, zillions of sages, ascetics, pilgrims and tourists flock this site to take a holy dip at the sangam and purge themselves of all sins.
For every wanderlust smitten by the travel bug, a trip to the city's oldest citadel is highly recommended. Posited on the northern banks of River Yamuna, this massive, old garrison constructed by Mughal Emperor Akbar, is truly exemplary in terms of its size, structure and architecture. Flanked by huge walls, lofty towers and three enormous gateways, the Allahabad Fort remains unparalleled in its craftsmanship and grandiosity to this day. However, before you visit this place, make sure to obtain prior permission from military authorities, who presently occupy this fort.
True to its name, this age-old park is dedicated to Prince Khusrau, the elder brother of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. This was the place where the elder son of Jahangir was put to rest. Apart from Prince Khusrau's tomb, this park also houses the tombs of Khusrau's mother, Shah Begum and his sister, Sultan Nithar Begum. These sandstone mausoleums, flanked by extensive garden, serve as a striking specimen of Mughal architecture.
A visit to any city is incomplete without acquainting oneself to the history, art, culture and customs of the city. To get a real taste of Allahabad, visit the state museum that houses an amazing collection of stone and terracotta sculptures. What's more, this depository also houses an art gallery that displays Rajasthani miniature images and paintings by Jamini Roy and Nicholas Roerich as well as a rich collection of rare photographs and historical documents. The museum remains open on all days except on Mondays and government holidays. So schedule your visit accordingly.
The ancestral home to India's most noted political families, the Nehru and the Gandhi and the birthplace of India's first women Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, today this large mansion serves as an important memorial in the state. If you are intrigued by the history of Indian freedom struggle and wish to unearth a few facts on the freedom revolution that shook the nation, then a visit to this place will leave you enlightened on the life of the Nehru's and the Gandhi's.