As a special monthly feature, I’ll be writing about a random city, preferably in India that can be an ideal destination for couple of days, be it touristy or off-beat. I start with the best places to visit in PrayagRaj (earlier called as Allahabad). Why ? Because this is the year of Kumbh Mela and it was only right that I start with this special place
About Allahabad (Prayagraj)
Allahabad is one of the key districts of Uttar Pradesh, only next to the capital of Lucknow. A city where three rivers used to meet (two for now) , the main point of interest is also known as the “Thriveni sangamam” . The city has played very important roles in the Mughal era, as a central point of controlling the empire and also during the Independence movement. Now considered as one of the most holiest places in India and as the main place where the Kumbh Mela (that happens once in 12 years) is held, the city has gotten more prominence , thanks to extensive coverage in both print as well as social media off-late. So this compilation of best places to visit in Prayagraj should help you plan a nice visit here.
How to go to Prayagraj ?
Of course, the best way to reach Prayagraj in an economical way from any city is through trains. A lot of trains that from South to North pass through Allahabad and there are other trains as well that are mainly for the religious travellers who wants to visit Kashi and Rameshwaram along with Allahabad.
The no of flights from Allahabad is comparatively less and connects only some of the top cities in the country as well (and was opened only last year). So ideally the flights to Allahabad are marginally expensive as well.
Places to Visit in Prayagraj
The convergence of three rivers , Ganga , Yamuna and Saraswati happens at Allahabad. The river Saraswati was believed to have flown here and now long gone though. There is a big “Sangam” (a platform and a monument) constructed in the middle of this river to perform Hindu rituals . Also a perfect place to get some amazing views of the city.
Nehru Museum (Anand Bhavan)
Anand Bhavan was the residence of the Nehru family and the Govt has managed to preserve all the architecture, artefacts , memorabilia and the collectibles used by former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. From historical record notes, books and photographs of the war & the movement, this a great place for history buffs.
Located inside the Chandraseskar Azad Park, it showcases the rich culture , heritage and history of India. The museum reflects the struggles of the Independence movement of India. Items from the harappa civilization, Khajuraho carvings and other period artefacts are stored here for viewing.
Akbar’s fort of Allahabad
The Allahabad fort, built by Mughal emperor Akbar is a great example of the Mughal architecture in India. Unfortunately the access is denied inside and one can see the fort walls from the banks of the river Yamuna and Ganga. You can also catch a glimpse of it from the Triveni Sangamam.
A mausoleum (Burial complex) of Jehangir’s family including his eldest son and first wife, Khusro Bagh is a historical monument and a walled garden near the station. This three tier tomb is a great piece of Mughal architecture carved by the best artisans of the country during the Jehangir rule.
Among these best places to visit in Prayagraj , what’s your favourite? Do let us know your experience of the Kumbh Mela 2019 if you were part of it.