#4 of 20 Places to Visit in Prayagraj
Distance (From Prayagraj Junction): 7 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Place Location: Near Triveni Sangam
Transportation Options: Cab / Auto
Travel Tips: The fort is under army possession and is open to the public only during the Kumbh Mela.
At a distance of 3 km from Triveni Sangam, and 7 km from Allahabad Railway Station, Allahabad Fort is an ancient fort in the holy city of Prayagraj. It is one of the popular places of heritage in Uttar Pradesh, and among the top places to visit in Allahabad.
Allahabad Fort was built in 1583 CE by the Mughal Emperor, Akbar, and is well-known for being the largest fort ever built by Akbar. Standing at the banks of the confluence of River Yamuna and River Ganga, the fort is a fine example of the curation and craftsmanship of the Mughal era. In the olden days, this massive fort was considered among the best garrisons in the entire Mughal Empire. Now, it has been recognized by the Archaeological Survey of India as a monument of national importance.
This huge fort has three galleries flanked by high towers. With the glorious outer wall rising above the water's edge, the fort has huge, massive walls and three gateways that are flanked by high towers. The fort houses a 10.6 m high polished sandstone Ashoka Pillar, which is believed to have been constructed in 232 BC. The victories of Samudragupta have been all praised in the inscription on the pillar. The fort is also quite well known for its Akshayavat Tree (Banyan Tree) which, according to a legend, was used by the locals to commit suicide to attain salvation. For those who wish to see the Akshayavat Tree, entry is allowed through a small gate to only the area that is occupied by the magnificent tree. Besides, the fort is also home to the famous Saraswati Kund that is reckoned to be the source of the mythical river Saraswati and the Patal Puri Temple.
Unfortunately, access to Allahabad Fort is generally closed to the common public as it is possessed by the Indian Military. Tourists are allowed inside only during the Kumbh Mela, which is held once every 12 years. The best way to explore the Allahabad Fort from outside is on a boat ride in the river either during sunrise or sunset when the glorious monument overlooking the confluence of two rivers is nothing less than mesmerizing.
Timings: 7 AM - 6 PM, Open to the public only during the Kumbh Mela.