The confluence of Mother Ganga, the Yamuna & indistinguishable the Sarswati Rivers (Sangam) at Allahabad is an all time favorite destination for millions of pilgrims. Allahabad (Prayagraj) is mentioned in ancient scriptures as among the seven most sacred sites of India. Allahabad is well renowned for the largest numbers of devotees’ congregation on earth at the auspicious time of Kalpwas & Mahakumbh when people take holy dip at Sangam. The spacious city with broad avenues, beautiful gardens, historical places, religious sanctity, judiciary centre of Uttar Pradesh, Museum etc. call upon numbers of visitor year around.
Apart from Triveni Sangam, Allahabad is well known for its educational & political influence in India. At times this city is fluxed with numbers of students who prepare for Indian civil service examinations & students from here are placed to various reputed organizations in India & abroad. Erudite & easy going people of Allahabad will surely influence you while travelling here.
Triveni Sangam- two perennial river streams originating in the Indian state of Uttarakhand; Ganga & Yamuna- confluence at Allahabad (Prayag) with the invisible Sarswati. The Indian Civilization chiefly flourished along these two rivers which are sacred for giving life & faith as well. The contextual story recites of an episode in history where the Devatas & the Danavs while churning ocean got Amrit Kalash. Few drops of nectar fell into water at certain points which are sacred. Nasik, Ujjain, Haridwar & Prayag are the places associated with the ancient anecdote where at an interval of 6 & 12 years Kumbh Melas are organized, these times are high seasons for devotees to take a holy dip in these water bodies.
Anand Bhawan- Anand Bhavan was constructed in the 1930s by the Indian leader Motilal Nehru as the Nehru Family residence. The building was constructed as the former residence of the Nehru Family known as the Swaraj Bhavan was donated to the Indian National Congress. The building was donated to the Indian Government by Indiara Gandhi in 1970 and is today a house museum that depicts the life and times of the Nehru family. It also houses the Jawahar Planetarium which was built in 1979 and is a must visit.
Migratory Birds- Winters witness an increased inflow of foreign tourists to India. These include our regular visitors- the Siberian birds. The arrival of these annual visitors at various water bodies & wetlands heralds the onset of winters. Tourists in numbers visit Allahabad & Varanasi to see these Siberian birds who fly thousands of miles to be here in the salubrious months of winters.
Temples- Allahabad is well praised innumerably in the religious texts as Tirtharaj. One focal point of this sanctity is Triveni Sangam other important factor behind it that it has numerous temples as well. Major temples of Allahabad are Hanuman, Alopi Devi, Mankameshwar & Patalpuri Temples.
Allahabad Fort- the ancient fort was said to have been built originally by the emperor Ashoka but was repaired by the Mughal emperor Akbar in 1583. The Allahabad Fort is located near the Triveni Sangam confluence and is the largest fort built by the emperor. The fort comprises three high watch towers that guards three galleries in the fort complex. The important monuments inside the fort are the Zanana Palace for the women, the Sarswati Koop which is considered as the source of Sarswati River & the third century B.C Ashokan Pillar. It also houses the immortal tree of Akshayavat which can be viewed from the outside from the southern wall.
All Saints Cathedral- the cathedral was built by the British and was consecrated in 1887 which completed in 4 years. The Church displays a striking 13th century Gothic revival architecture and is 31 meters in height. The massive church building encompasses one of the most prized buildings from the colonial India. The complex also houses a memorial to Queen Victoria and functions as a lantern tower.
Khusro Bagh- the park is surrounded by a high wall and it contains three large and ornate Mughal Tombs. One of that of Prince Khusru, the other tombs belong to Shah Begum (Jehangir’s first wife), and Nesa Begum, Khusru’s sister.
Allahabad Museum- the museum is located in the picturesque Chandrashekhar Azad Park (Company Bagh). The museum was originally established under the aegis of Allahabad Municipality in 1931 with a small collection of model of birds and animals. The museum is rich in artifacts; moreover it is a premier research centre for archeologists, historians and academicians and carries out extensive research activities and publications in archeology, art and literature. Its rock art gallery has the largest collection of prehistoric paintings displayed in India dating from 14,000 B.C to 2000 B.C. The place has become the first self-reliant power generation museum in the country with its solar power system.
Excursion from Allahabad
Shringverpur (APPROX. 50 KMS. 2 HRS.)- Shringverpur is a village on Allahabad- Lucknow road where it’s believed that at the time of his exile of 14 years Lord Rama with his consort Mata Sita & his brother Laxaman crossed the river Ganges. The place is believed to be associated with Nishadraj or the King of Fishermen. Sringverpur is extensively mentioned in the epic Ramayana & recent excavations carried out in Shringverpur have revealed a temple of Shringeri Rishi.
Kausambi (APPROX. 50 KMS. 2 HRS.)- Hundreds of years before the Christ born, Kaushambi was the capital of Chedi-Vatsa Janapada, during the Buddha’s time Kaushambi was one of the six most important and prosperous towns of India. It was a nerve cent of ancient Indian communications as the principal routes from north to south and east to west met at the city. The ruins of the well known site of Kaushambi are situated on the left bank of the river Yamuna.