Prayagraj, one of the important tourist destination of India, a city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, attracts a large amount of tourists annually. The city is highly enriched with the history that is glorious in nature and also is one of the oldest cities in the world. The city is famous for several historical monuments, the Kumbh Mela or the Allahabad University.
Top 7 Places to visit in Prayagraj (Allahabad):
- Kumbh Mela
- Triveni Sangam
- Anand Bhawan
- Allahabad Museum
- Allahabad Fort
- Alfred Park
- All Saints Cathedral
1. Kumbh Mela
One of the very important and large gatherings of the pilgrims in the Hinduism & most famous fair in India, Kumbh Mela is held at four locations. During the time of mela, a vast number of Hindu people visit this mela to bathe in the holy water. This is a ritual, which is followed with the belief that bathing in the holy water will bring them the purity by clearing their sins. The Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj is the site to behold as the fair is set up covering the three holy rivers i.e. Ganga, Sarasvati, and Yamuna, which is known as Triveni Sangam. In Allahabad, every 6 years, Ardh Kumbh is also organised. Kumbh is one of the main tourist attractions of the place.
The Kumbh is best described as the world’s utmost gigantic act of trust, in which the participation and attendance by the passionate Hindus are given a lot of importance. The whole Prayagraj comes to life during the fair as all the mandirs are lit up and decorated and you will witness sadhus and pandits doing pooja and aarthi etc.
How to reach
During the Kumbh, temporary railway stations are built around the areas of the fair in order to facilitate the entry of the huge population coming to witness this divine event. People can find affordable stay in Prayagraj or book a tent if planning for staying in the mela.
2. Triveni Sangam
At a distance of 7 kilometres from the city, the Sangam is the interaction point of the three rivers i.e. the Yamuna, Sarasvati, and Yamuna, among which Sarasvati is known as the mythical river, which hypothetically has dried up many years ago. At the Sangam you will get to witness the stunning meet of brown coloured Ganga River with the green coloured Yamuna River. You can indulge in some boating here.
The Sangam is a beautiful place for sightseeing as there are various pooja that is performed on the site, and even the platform is constructed right in the middle of the Sangam to perform various other rituals. Also, there are other breathtaking views from the place like you can see the Allahabad Fort built by Akbar or the bridge on the Yamuna River. Best time to visit this beautiful place is during sunrise or sunset and in favourable weather.
How to reach
The Sangam is well connected with the main city with almost all means of transport but the most comfortable way is to get a cab, which will directly drop you to the banks of Sangam and from there one can use the boat or ferry.
3. Anand Bhavan
The former residence of the Nehru Family, Anand Bhavan is now transformed into a museum, which showcases the various articles and artefacts of the time of movement started during independence in India. The Bhavan was designed by a notable independence movement leader, Motilal Nehru. The house was decorated beautifully with the wooden furniture, which was imported from Europe and China and the interior consists of famous and beautiful artefacts from all across the world. The mansion attained its importance not only because of its architecture but also because of its contribution during the time of independence, as the meeting hub for the freedom fighters to discuss on the policies and the conspiracies against the Britishers.
The museum is a tribute to the Nehru family as it consists of important memorabilia of the family. The museum includes the personal items that were used by Pandit Nehru during the tenure of his stay. There are also lots of photographs of the meeting of Indian National Congress and also the photographs of the meeting of the conspirators and the freedom fighters. There is a large collection of various books as well as the historical records that personally belong to Pandit Nehru. Another attraction point is the science planetarium, which was built to inculcate the interest of the kids in science. The planetarium features the mood model, which also features the kids to know their weight on the Jupiter and Moon. The timings to visit the museum is 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM. No doubt Anand Bhavan is one of the best places to visit in Prayagraj.
How to reach
The Bhavan is located in the city of Prayagraj and you can easily reach it by taxi or the rickshaw to reach the mansion.
4. Allahabad Museum
Allahabad Museum, situated inside the famous Chandrasekhar Azad Park, provides a beautiful insight into the heritage, history, culture, and the independence Movement of India. It is very pleasant walk to the museum as it is surrounded by the park. The most famous sights in the museum are the sculptures made up of rocks, the Rajasthan’s miniatures paintings, Kaushambi’s terracotta and the artwork, and the literary work from the Bengal School of Art. In the museum you will see sights starting right from the historic era of Harappan Civilization, medieval period artefacts, Gupta Period’s, and Khajuraho carvings along with the struggle of the independence of India in getting India back from the Britishers, Allahabad is the true treasure of the Indian Heritage.
Recently the rock gallery was also introduced, where one can experience the eco-life of the past and the present in the digital form. The museum is divided into the sixteen galleries and each gallery displays a different set of the collections of a different part of the history. The galleries are in different forms such as a terracotta gallery, miniature painting gallery, decorative art gallery etc. which are dedicated to the different art forms of India belonging to different places of India. Also, there is a special gallery, which is dedicated to the literary work of yesteryear writers.
How to reach
The museum is located within the main city and the distance from the railway station is just 3 kilometres. One needs to hire private transport to reach the museum.
5. Allahabad Fort
The fort is an example of the splendid work of architecture that was built by the Akbar during his reign, who was the Mughal emperor of Allahabad in 1583. The fort is located on the banks of the river Yamuna and Ganga and is the largest fort that is built by the Akbar. Many tourists are attracted to the fort because of the historical importance along with the architectural splendour. The best sight to behold is the massive and glorious build of the monuments as the fort stands strong on the banks of the two rivers. In today’s scenario, the fort has huge national importance and is under the maintenance of Archaeological Survey of India. Although the access to the fort is banned for the general public they are only allowed during the Kumbh, which happens in every 12 years. The best way to explore the fort from outside is by taking a boat ride.
One of the main aspects of the fort is the banyan tree known as the Akshayavat tree, which was once used by the locals to commit suicide. The entry is through a small gate to the area covered by the tree for the visitors who wish to see the tree. Also, there is the Patalpuri Temple and the locals believe that there is a gate to the hell from there. The best time to visit is in between the months of October and March.
How to reach
The fort is located near to spot from where the boat rides are available to go the Triveni Sangam, one of the best tourist attractions of the city. One can easily get a cab or the rickshaw to reach the place. Also, the distance from the railway station is 5 kilometres.
6. Alfred Park
One of the largest parks in Allahabad Alfred Park is a must places to visit in Prayagraj. There is a huge statue of George V and the Victoria, which is installed in the central part of the park. In addition to all the things, the park was the designated spot to conduct the official ceremonies, which were conducted during the Britishers rule, which was often followed by the police band’s performances.
Being a large park there are few important heritage places along with the recreational sites. The places inside the park are Chandra Shekhar Azad Memorial, Victoria Memorial, which is large canopy made up of the Italian limestone, Prayagraj Sangeet Samilti, Madan Mohan Maliviyia Stadium, Allahabad Museum, and the Thornhill Mayne Memorial.
How to reach
The park is situated in the heart of the city so it is easily accessible and can be reached by public transport.
7. All Saints Cathedral
Also known as the Patthar Girja All Saints Cathedral is the Anglican Cathedral, which is located at the space of the crossing of two main roads in Prayagraj i.e. SN Marg and the MG Marg. The church is constructed in the gothic style and the architecture of the church is amazing. The church also boosts of the marble altars and the carved glass panels. In the list of the world’s most beautiful church, the name of the All Saints Cathedral Church has also been added.
The church is a remarkable example of the architecture of colonial India and is really huge, which can easily accommodate around 300 to 400 people.
How to reach
The church is located at the main part of the city and is easily accessible with the use of public transports like the autos and rickshaws.
A few kilometres from Varanasi, Pryagraj is the meaning of all that that is consecrated and spiritual. The places exude the heritage, stories plentiful, history and once you visit the city you will definitely find it worthy. October to March is the best time to visit this sanctified city. Although the city is accessible throughout, in the summer the temperature gets a bit too high, which makes travelling uncomfortable therefore it is best to avoid the summer time. There are many hotels offering affordable stay in the Prayagraj. Also, other places which can be visited in the city are Swaraj Bhawan, Bade Hanuman Temple, new Yamuna Bridge etc.