A celebrated city of Uttar Pradesh, Prayagraj, or Allahabad has a rich history and culture. It holds special spiritual significance in Hinduism for being the site of Triveni Sangam – the point of confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. Prayagraj hosts the world-renowned religious festival of Kumbh Mela – a mass pilgrimage in which devotees bathe in the sacred waters. Before the formation of New Delhi, the biggest town-planning project was carried out in Prayagraj in 1857. Once you have explored all the popular places in Prayagraj, head to its neighboring areas to delve deep into the soul of India.
Top 14 Places to Visit Near Prayagraj (Allahabad)
- Varanasi and Sarnath
1. Varanasi and Sarnath
The most sacrosanct of the seven holy cities (Saptapuri) in Hinduism, Varanasi lies on the banks of river Ganga. A religious hub for Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, it is amongst the most spiritual places to visit near Prayagraj. The ghats of Varanasi are renowned embankments along river banks, some famous ones being the Dashashwamedh, Panchganga, Manikarnika, and Harishchandra ghat. The temples of Kashi Vishwanath, Hanuman, Durga, Kashi Naresh, Dhanvantari, Kashi Vidyapith, Vishwanath, Tulsi Manas, and Aghor Peeth are well-known. Popular mosques include the Alamgir, Aurangzeb, and Gyanvapi mosque. Ravidass Janam Asthan is the religious headquarters of Ravidasi religion. The unique Bharat Mata temple has a giant marble-carved map of undivided India. Other prominent attractions include the Jantar Mantar observatory, Bharat Kala Bhavan museum, and the Mughal style Ramnagar fort. Situated nearby, the Sarnath village is known for its Deer Park and museum, which contains the renowned ‘Lion Capital of Ashoka’ sculpture.
Distance from Prayagraj: 121 kilometres
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Khajuraho Group of Monuments is amongst the best places near Prayagraj. Situated in the Vindhya mountain range, Khajuraho Temples are unusual for their association with two religions, Jainism and Hinduism. Known for their erotic sculptures and nagara-style architecture, construction of these monuments started during the Chandela dynasty. All except one temple (Chaturbhuja) face sunrise, and are huddled near water – exhibiting typical features of Hindu temples. The oldest surviving temple is of Chausath Yogini, and the largest surviving temple is of Kandariya Mahadeva. Only the Matangeshvara temple continues to be an active site of worship. Other prominent temples include that of Lakshmana, Vishvanatha, Chaturbhuj, Duladeo, Devi Jagadambi, Javari, Vamana, Chitragupta, Nandi, Matangeshvara, and Ghantai.
Distance from Prayagraj: 269 kilometres
Situated on the banks of river Sarayu, the city of Ayodhya is regarded as one of the most revered religious places near Prayagraj. It is the birthplace of Lord Ram, and one of the seven main pilgrimage sites in Hinduism. The central place of worship is Ramkot, which has an ancient citadel standing on an elevated platform. The giant fort of Hanuman Garhi has a cave which is believed to be the residence of Hanuman from where he guarded Ramkot. The enchanting Sita ki Rasoi is believed to be Sita’s royal kitchen. Chakravarti Mahraj Dashrath Mahal was the palace of Ram’s father, King Dashrath. The Tulsi Bhavan museum is dedicated to famous poet Tulsidas. Some popular temples in Ayodhya include the Kanak Bhavan, Vijayraghav, and Nageshwarnath Temple. Ayodhya also houses the memorial of legendary Korean queen Heo Hwang-ok.
Distance from Prayagraj: 166 kilometres
Chitrakoot is one of the places near Prayagraj that hold a great religious significance as it is where Lord Ram spent most of his exile period. Ramghat along Mandakini River, and Janaki Kund are known as sites where Rama, Lakshmana and Sita would bathe. Impressions of Ram, Sita and his brothers are found on some rocks at the Bharat Milap temple, Ram Shaiya and Sphatik Shila. The Gupt Godavari caves are where Rama held court. Situated on a rock-face, Hanuman Dhara is a panoramic site dotted with many temples and a spring. The water in the small well at Bharath Koop is considered holy. Ganesh Bagh bears witness to the Peshwas association with Bundelkhand area. Sati Anasuya ashrama, Pampapur, and the forested hill of Kamadgiri are some other attractions.
Distance from Prayagraj: 130 kilometres
World’s first white tiger was caught at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh. Today, the White Tiger Safari and Zoo in Mukundpur is a prominent tourist attraction. The Rewa Fort houses a museum with royal artifacts, a temple and also a stuffed white tiger. Govindgarh Palace on the banks of Raghurajsagar Lake, and the Indo-Sarsanic Venkat Bhawan Palace, which is now a museum, are some famous palaces that reflect the royal heritage of Rewa. Some of India’s highest waterfalls – the Chachai Falls, Keoti Falls, and Purwa Falls – are also found in Rewa. The ancient waterwell of Rani Talab still provides water for irrigation. The town of Gurh is known for Bhairon Baba – a gigantic statue of Lord Shiva. The multipurpose river valley project on Bansagar Dam is also a feast for the eyes.
Distance from Prayagraj: 128 kilometres
Jaunpur is dotted with architectural monuments that speak of its history as a Mughal Sultanate. The isolated Maqbara Firoz Shah (tombstone) is dedicated to the founder of Jaunpur. Rudyard Kipling’s poem Akbar’s Bridge refers to Shahi Bridge, a 16-century bridge over river Gomti. Close to the bridge, is the Shahi Qila (Royal Fort), which houses the typical Turkish bath, Hammam. Lal Darwaza Masjid (Red Portal Mosque) was built under Queen Rajye Bibi in 1447. The queen had also established a religious school (Madrasa) nearby which continues to function till date. The 15-century Jama Masjid is one of India’s largest mosques. The 15-century Atala mosque features a sharqi architectural style.
Distance from Prayagraj: 102 kilometres
An industrial hub, Singrauli is also land of many cultural and historical wonders. Exquisitely carved out of mountains, the enchanting Mada Caves dated 5-7 AD are believed to be the wedding site of Lord Ram and Sita. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ancient Bhimbetka Rock Shelters flaunts mysterious engravings depicting the life of prehistoric humans. Sanjay National Park is a perfect destination for wildlife enthusiast and birdwatchers. Venturing on a forest safari, or unwinding next to the serene Chilka Lake, or enjoying a panoramic view of the massive Rihand Dam makes for an ideal weekend getaway for nature lovers. The Jwalamukhi Temple, Oudi Hanuman Temple, and Rose Garden are also popular.
Distance from Prayagraj: 220 kilometres
Situated in the Bundelkhand region, Banda imbibes a strong folk-culture. The fortress-city of Kalinjar spread across the Vindhya mountain range is known for the ancient Kalinjar Fort which was the site for many historical events. Situated on the banks of river Ken, the ruins of Bhuragrah Fort offer a splendid view during sunset. The abandoned temple of Banda is of great archaeological significance. Nawab Tank was built by the Nawab of Banda to fulfill the water requirements in Banda. The Bamdeveshwar Temple situated on a hilltop was once an abode of a renowned sage. Yellow Church stands testimony to the presence of Christianity in Banda before the 18-century.
Distance from Prayagraj: 171.5 kilometres
Chandauli is known for its fertile Gangetic Plain. The dense forests of Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary are home to a rich and endangered wildlife – of Asiatic lions, Nilgai, Sambar deer, Chinkara and blackbucks. Picturesque waterfalls of Devdari and Rajdari are also nestled within the sanctuary. Latif-Shah dam, one of India’s oldest dams, is built across river Karmnasha, which overlooks the beautiful Latif-Shah mosque dedicated to saint Hazrat Latif Shah. A pleasant and green environment near the Musakhand Dam makes it an ideal picnic spot. Other tourist attractions in Chandauli include the Hetampur fort, Kali Ji Ka Pokhara temple, and Dhanapur Martyr Memorial.
Distance from Prayagraj: 150 kilometres
Situated on the banks of rivers Ganga and Yamuna, Fatehpur finds mention in ancient Indian history. It has many significant monuments from an archaeological perspective. The bricks of Asani fort belong to the Gupta period. Renowned sage Bhrigu worshipped for long at Om Ghat in Bhitaura, where river Ganga flows towards the north. A popular site is the tree at Bawan Imli village where 52 freedom fighters were hung in 1858. The two brick temples at Korari are uniquely tilted and flaunt exquisite carvings. Ghazipur has many historical monuments such as the Paina Fort, Ghazipur Fort (now a police station), the battlefield of Murchaura, and the Tuglaki Maszid mosque.
Distance from Prayagraj: 131.4 kilometres
Located on the banks of Sai River, Raebareli is home to many architectural sites. The historical town of Dalmau has many tourist attractions, most notable being King Dal’s fort and his statue situated on the banks of Ganga. Apart from containing many varieties of local birds, the Samaspur Bird Sanctuary is also flocked by exotic migratory birds. The Indira Gandhi Memorial Botanical Garden is situated on the banks of Sai River. It has a greenhouse, an aquatic garden and dedicated plant trails – medicinal, cultural, and economic – which display the diverse flora of the region and also encourage research. Behta Bridge is an aqueduct at the intersection of Sharda Canal and Sai River.
Distance from Prayagraj: 125 kilometres
Situated on the west bank of river Ganga, Kanpur is amongst the most thriving metropolitan places to visit near Prayagraj. The tranquil Moti Jheel Lake along with Moti Park and Kamala Retreat are famous recreational spots. During the Siege of Cawnpore in 1857, the historical Massacre Ghat and Nana Rao Park were sites of British massacre, and the Kanpur Memorial Church was later erected to commemorate them. The J.K. Temple features a distinct blend of ancient and modern architectural styles. The beautiful marble temple of ISKCON is world’s second largest ISKON temple. Kanpur Zoo, or Allen Zoo, is a rare Indian zoo created within a natural forest. Other attractions include the magnificent Jain Glass Temple, peaceful Valmiki Ashram, grand Green Park stadium, exhilarating Blue World Theme Park, and the beautiful Phool Bagh.
Distance from Prayagraj: 212 kilometres
The capital Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow lies along the shore of river Gomti. A seat of the Nawabs (governor) during the 18-century and 19-century, the hybrid culture of Lucknow is referred to as Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb. The Bara Imambara mosque complex, Chota Imambara monument, and imposing gateway of Rumi Darwaza are most famous tourist attractions in Lukcnow. Situated within the colonial building of Constantia House, La Martiniere College is world’s only school to be awarded a ‘battle honor’. The Residency is a historical site that served as a refuge for Britishers during the 1857 revolt. The Victorian style Husainabad Clock Tower is regarded as India’s tallest clock tower. The Hazratganj and Aminabad markets are amongst the best places near Prayagraj for shopping, specially known for their chikan embroidered apparels. The Chattar Manzil palace, Dilkusha Kothi colony, Indira Gandhi Planetarium, Ambedkar Memorial Park, and Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden are also famous tourist spots.
Distance from Prayagraj: 201 kilometres
Situated along the banks of Rapti River, the city of Gorakhpur is named after famous ascetic Gorakshanath who followed the Nath Sampradaya, a sub-tradition within Hinduism. The most revered site for the Nath Sampradaya, the Gorakshanath temple houses the shrine, footsteps, and seat of Gorakshanath where he practiced yoga. The archaeological discoveries of Gorakhpur, its culture, and history, are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum. The historical Gita Press is known as world’s foremost press for publishing Hindu scriptures. An ideal weekend getaway can entail enjoying at the amusement park inside the Railway Museum which also houses a toy train.
Distance from Prayagraj: 238 kilometres
There are plenty of budget hotels in Prayagraj and its vicinity, which you can choose from. One of the best places to visit near Prayagraj is by traveling along the Uttar Pradesh heritage arc, which stretches from Agra to Lucknow and Varanasi. October to March is typically the best time to visit this city and it surrounds. Prayagraj and its vicinity offer an intimate experience with the culture and history of India.