Originally named as Prayag or the place of offerings, Allahabad is considered as one of the most important and holiest pilgrimage spots for the followers of Hinduism in the country. The city is home to the confluence of the three rivers, namely, the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati.
The place is also considered as the second oldest city in the country, tracing its origins to the Vedic period. The city was renamed to Allahabad or Liahabad by the Mughal emperor Akbar in the year 1583. Allahabad in translation from Urdu means the 'Garden of Allah'.
The place has been mentioned in the ancient texts of the Vedas as the place where Brahma had organized a sacrificial ritual.
Allahabad is well known to be one of the major pilgrimage spots and also a booming economic center to the country. So, have a look at the best places to visit in Allahabad.
One amongst the most important places to visit in Allahabad is the Triveni Sangam, which is the confluence point of the 3 major rivers in India that are the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati. The three rivers make their individual identities clear with their different colours.
The water from the Ganges is clear, while the Yamuna is greenish and the presence of Saraswati can be felt only underwater. The place is seen as one of the major sites of the Kumbha Mela which is held once in every 12 years.
The Allahabad Fort
The ancient fort is said to have been originally constructed by Ashoka, but was renovated by the Mughal emperor Akbar in the year 1583. The fort is located close to the Triveni Sangam and is believed to be the largest fort built by Akbar.
The fort holds high watch-towers that guard the three galleries in the complex. The important structures inside the complex are the Zanana palace for the women folk, the Saraswati Koop, which is considered as the source of the Saraswati river and a 3rd century Ashoka Pillar.
The complex is also home to the immortal tree known as Akshayavat, which can be seen from the outside of the southern wall.
The walled garden is home to three tombs that are built in the Mughal style of architecture. The three tombs belong to the emperor Jahangir, Khusaru Mirza and his first wife Shah Begum and also his daughter.
Khusro Bagh is named after Khusaru Mirza who revolted against his father, which eventually lead to his death and he was buried along with his other family members.
The structure is a fine example of the Mughal art and architecture, which is beautifully covered with stone carvings and motifs.
Ananda Bhavan was built in the year 1930 by Motilal Nehru as the family residence of the Nehrus. The building was constructed as the former residence of the Nehru family who had named it Swaraj Bhavan and was later handed over to the Indian National Congress.
The building was handed over to the Indian Government by Indira Gandhi in the year 1970 and today, it is a museum which showcases the life and times of the Nehru family.
The place in addition also houses the Jawahar Planetarium, which was built in the year 1979 that is a must visit.
All Saints Cathedral
The All Saints Cathedral was built by the British and was consecrated in the year 1887. The entire structure was completed 4 years later.
The structure showcases a striking 13th century Gothic revival architecture and measures 31 m in height. The massive structure has an area of approximately 1250 sq m and is considered as one of the most beautiful buildings from the colonial rule in India.
The Cathedral also has a memorial dedicated to Queen Victoria and a lantern tower.