PRAYAGRAJ TOURISM | TEMPLES, PLACES TO VISIT IN PRAYAGRAJ (ALLAHABAD)
#100 of 16 Places to visit in Uttar Pradesh
Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days
Nearest City to Prayagraj: Prayagraj, Lucknow (202 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Prayagraj: October to March
Peak Season: November to February
At a distance of 100 km from Sultanpur, 125 km from Varanasi, 168 km from Ayodhya, 200 km from Kanpur, 202 km from Lucknow, 242 km from Gorakhpur, 366 km from Patna, 525 km from Agra, and 721 km from Delhi, Allahabad, now officially known as Prayagraj, is a sacred city located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in India and among the must-include places in Uttar Pradesh tour packages.
Also known as Illahabad and Prayag, Allahabad is one of the most religious cities for Hindus in India, and among the famous places to visit near Kanpur. It is believed to be the spot where Brahma offered his first sacrifice after creating the world hence the name Prayag or Prayagraj where Pra means 'first' and Yag means 'devotion'. Prayag also signifies Triveni Sangam, the confluence of three holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. This is the place where Maha Kumbh Mela, the largest Hindu gathering on the banks of the Sangam, is held every twelve years and is attended by millions of pilgrims from all across the globe as part of Allahabad tour packages.
Allahabad is the second oldest city in India with its origins traced back to the Vedic period. Legend says that the city was once the part of the Kuru dynasty, who made it their capital after the destruction of Hastinapur by floods, and later their capital was named Kaushambi. The city became a part of the Delhi Sultanate after it was annexed by Muhammad of Ghor in 1193. After the Mughal invasion in 1526, Emperor Akbar, impressed by the location named the city Illahabad which meant 'Abode of God'. Emperor Shah Jahan renamed the city Allahabad. Later, the city was conquered by the Maratha Empire, and then it was ceded to the British East India Company in 1801. It played an active role during the mutiny of 1857, after which the British moved the capital of the North-Western Provinces to Allahabad, for the next twenty years.
Allahabad is known as the City of Prime Ministers because seven out of 15 prime ministers of India since independence have connections to Allahabad (Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Gulzarilal Nanda, Vishwanath Pratap Singh, and Chandra Shekhar). All seven leaders were either born in Allahabad, were alumni of Allahabad University, or were elected from an Allahabad constituency.
Allahabad is a holy city known for its historic, religious and cultural wealth. The city is home to many many-faceted jewels of Indian culture, full of ancient tombs, and gorgeous parks. Triveni Sangam, Khusro Bagh, Allahabad Fort, Allahabad Planetarium, Chandrashekar Azad Park, Anand Bhavan, Allahabad Museum, etc. are some of the top places to visit in Allahabad. Built during the reign of Akbar, Allahabad Fort is also a fine example of the curation and craftsmanship of the Mughal era. Allahabad can be visited as a day trip along with Kashi Darshan packages.
Kumbh Mela is one of the major festivals celebrated in Allahabad, held once in 12 years when the planet Jupiter enters into the zodiac sign Aquarius and the planet Sun enters into the zodiac sign, Aries. A huge crowd of devotees, sadhus, saints, and tourists gather during the Mela to undertake their ritual bathing at the Sangam and to offer their prayers and tribute to the Sun God. Continues for over a month, it is attended by millions of people, making it the largest gathering in the world. Magh Mela, Maha Shivaratri, Holi, Dussehra, Diwali, etc., are some of the other festivals celebrated in Allahabad with great pomp and fervor.
About 11 km away, Allahabad Airport is the nearest airport that has well-flight connectivity from New Delhi, Mumbai, Indore, Pune, and Bangalore. Allahabad Railway Junction is well-connected by trains with Lucknow, Patna, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Ghazipur, Kochi, Rameswaram, Mumbai, Gaya, Ajmer, Bangalore, Howrah, Darbhanga, Dibrugarh, Ranchi, Guwahati, Jharkhand, Jaipur, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Ayodhya. Allahabad Bus Station is the nearest bus stand which has well-connected buses from all the major cities of Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi.
The best season to visit Allahabad is during the winter months of October to March when the weather is cool and pleasant for sightseeing. Magh Mela and Maha Kumbh Mela typically happen in the month of mid-January - early March, and this is the time when thousands of people flock to the town to take a dip in holy Sangam. Summers in Allahabad are hot and dry and it is best to avoid this time. Monsoon is indeed the most suitable time to visit Allahabad when the weather is pleasant as the city receives scanty rainfall.