Coordinates: 25.45° N 81.85° E
Area : 63.07 Sq. km.
Population : 4,941,510 (2001 census)
Altitude : 98 meters above sea level.
Season : November – February
Clothing (Summer):Cottons,(Winter) : Woollens
Languages : Hindi, English, Urdu.
Festivals : Magh Mela, Kumbh Mela, Ardh Kumb Mela, Dussehra.
Local Transport : Taxis, Buses, Rikshaws.
STD Code : 0532
Allahabad is well known through out the country for its purity and cleanliness that the city has maintained for many years. Its a holy and religious place and the meeting point of three most pious rivers namely Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. The city has always been associated with well known personalities of the country which has aggrandized the glory of the city.
The city better known as “PRAYAG” has many governmental institutions which includes MNNIT, High Court of UP, Allahabad University & tourist places like Sangam, Anand Bhawan, Narayan Ashram etc. Wide and clean roads with statues at regular squares forms a part of the attraction of the city.
Some Religious Places of Allahabad
Anand Bhavan is the ancestral home of Jawaharlal Nehru, the freedom fighter and the first Prime-Minister of India. The place is also home to Indira Gandhi, the “Iron Lady of India”. The place has today been turned into a fine museum. The importance of this place also increases because of the fact that several momentous decisions and events, related to the freedom struggle took place here. The main building houses a museum that displays the memorabilia of the Nehru family
Allahabad Fort that stands on the northern banks of Yamuna near the confluence is a must visit destination in Allahabad. Emperor Akbar himself commissioned this magnificently designed fort in the year 1583. There was a time when this fort was considered among the best garrisons in the entire Mughal Empire but little is left of that grandeur today. The fort has massive walls and three gateways that are flanked by high towers. The magnificent outer wall is still intact and rises above the water’s edge
Alfred Park is a must visit tourist destination in the city of Allahabad. Apart from the fact that Alfred Park is the largest park in Allahabad, it has historical significance as well. The park is marked by huge statue of George V and Victoria that were installed in the very center. The Park was the site for official ceremonies at the time of British that were often followed by musical performances of the Police Band.
The park became famous during the Indian Freedom Struggle. This was the same place where the famous encounter between the British police and Indian revolutionary took place. Chandra Shekhar Azad had taken the vow that come what may, he will never let himself in to the hands of imperial police. Therefore he took the pseudonym ‘Azad’ that means ‘Free’ in Hindi
Sangam literally means confluence. The place has been named so because it is situated on the confluence of Ganges, Yamuna and a mythical river named Saraswati. The actual confluence is located around 7 Kilometers from the Civil Lines. The place is considered to be one of the most sacred in Hindu religion and is the site for Ardh-Kumbh and Kumbh Mela that takes every 6 and 12 years respectively. At the point at which the Ganges meets Yamuna, pandas (priests) perch on small platforms to perform puja and assist the devout in their ritual ablutions in the shallow waters. Boats are available for visitors to take a ride in the river.
During the month of Magh (mid-January to mid-February) pilgrims come to bathe at this holy confluence for the festival known as the Magh Mela. Astrologers calculate the holiest time to enter the water and draw a ‘Holy Dip Schedule’ that is updated annually. The most propitious time of all comes every 12 years when the massive Kumbh Mela takes place. The Mela holds a record in the Guinness Book as the largest human gathering on the earth. This was created in the year 1988 when 15 Million people gathered to take a dip in a single day.
The University of Allahabad that is popularly called Allahabad University was only the 4th modern University established in India. The university was established on 23rd September 1887. During the course of history, the university has maintained its sound academic tradition and several extraordinary achievements to its credit.
Allahabad University began as an affiliating and examining body for graduate and Post-graduate degrees with a classical orientation in different branches of learning. The status was maintained till the year 1904 when Allahabad University succeeded in establishing its own teaching departments and instituted doctoral research programs. Another milestone was achieved in the year 1921 when Allahabad University reorganized itself as a unitary teaching and residential University.
Allahabad Museum is one of the best-kept museums in India and that is what makes it a must visit destination in Allahabad. The specialty of this museum lies in the fact that it has separate galleries devoted to archeological findings, natural history exhibits, art gallery and artifacts donated by Jawaharlal Nehru.
Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India, himself inaugurated Allahabad Museum in 1947. The museum boasts off a large collection of displays that are scattered across whopping 18 galleries! The objects on view include prehistoric and Indus Valley antiquities, stone sculpture, terracotta, bronzes, seals, miniature paintings, Buddhist thanks, textiles, weapons, medieval land grants as well as documents and the personal effects of Nehru and the freedom movement.
Beautiful stone images, intricately carved temple pillars and lintels dating from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century AD, represent important dynasties, both ancient and medieval. There are antiquities from nearly all the renowned schools of sculptures namely Gandhara, Mathura, Kausambi and Sarnath