The city of Allahabad also referred to as Prayag is one of the holiest pilgrimage spot for Hindus. The city falls within the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and is the site of the Triveni Sangam or sacred confluence of three mighty rivers; Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati. Allahabad as per historical records is the country’s second most ancient city with its origin dating back to the Vedic times. The city was given the name of ‘Illahabad’ by Emperor Akbar and the word stands for ‘Garden of Allah’ in the Urdu Language. Our ancient Vedic texts make a mention of Allahabad as a locale where Prajapati Brahma had carried out a big sacrificial ritual. Our full day tour of Allahabad will take us to some of the most exotic places that this city is graced with.
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Upon reaching Allahabad station you will be greeted by our tour representative who then escorts you for a city tour of Allahabad. The first in our sightseeing agenda comes the Triveni Sangam. This is the confluence point of three rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati each maintaining its distinct identity in terms of the distinct color of the waters. Triveni Sangam makes the venue for Kumbh Mela, once in every 12 years. Take a holy dip at the Triveni Sangam to get rid of your mortal sins and feel blessed.
After Triveni Sangam we visit the holy Shivkoti Mahadev Temple or Someshwar Mahadev temple; a lord Shiva temple along River Yamuna’s banks. The temple enshrines the Lord in the shape of Ekadasa Rudra.
Next we visit the famous Allahabad Fort. This historical fort was initially constructed by Emperor Ashoka but later renovated by Emperor Akbar. The very lofty watchtowers, Saraswati Koop, Zanana palace, an immortal Akshayavat tree, an Ashokan pillar dating back to 3rd century BC are the chief highlights of this fort.
After Allahabad fort we visit the Khusro Bagh. This is a serene walled garden consisting in the three mausoleums of Khusrau Mirza, his wife; Shah Begum and daughter; Nithar Begum. The 3 tombs exhibit beautifully the excellence of Mughal architecture.
Next we visit the Anand Bhavan which had been the residence of Nehru family during their times. It has a Jawahar Planetarium within its campus and that makes the chief highlight of this site.
After this we visit the All Saints Cathedral. This cathedral was built by Britishers and consecrated in the year 1887. Brilliant gothic revival architecture of the 13th century is exhibited at this cathedral.
Next we visit the picturesque Alfred Park. This is a lush green scenic park with many ornamental plants and park. Freedom fighter, Chandra Shekhar Azad sacrificed his life at this spot and thus the park was later given the name of Chandra Shekhar Azad Park. This is an ideal place to sit, relax and stretch your sore, tired muscles.
Soon after, you are transferred to the railway station where our representative sees you off and you depart for your onward journey back. Here ends your one day city tour of Allahabad.