Allahabad Travel Guide

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Allahabad Things to Do

  • some strange things to eat!

    I found this man selling a wild root that was thick and sweet. It is supposed to have medicinal benefits. I tried some and found them very tasty.

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  • Indulge in some silly shopping

    Shopping here is very inexpensive. For just Rs. 10 or 15 you would get chains, garlands, trinkets etc.

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  • Drink in the cultural colours

    There is so much vibrancy and colour that one cannot fail to be fascinated... one cannot help stare and be awed at the happenings at the Prayag

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  • Walk around the area towards the Prayag

    Not a dull moment during the Kumbh Mela, so much to see, so much to do, so much to bear in mind!!! Most fascinating place that you can witness.

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  • Holy point where 2 rivers meet

    I took a boat out to the confluence point where the Yamuna meets the mighty Ganges. As you can see in the picture, bathers were bathing in the middle of the river but they were standing with the water only reaching their knees. My guide explained to me that they were standing on specially made platforms.

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  • Sangam

    The sacred 'Sangam', literally meaning confluence, is the confluence of three of the holiest rivers in Hindu mythology Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical underground river of enlightenment, Saraswati. At the confluence, the muddy waters of the Ganges and the clear green water of the Yamuna can be distinctly seen to merge into one. Bathing at the Sangam...

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  • River trip

    This is the guy who took me out on the Yamuna River. I went out to see the fort and witness bathers bathing at the confluence of the Yamuna and the Ganges. My guide/rower, first approached me and started quoting me Rs150 for the hour long trip. I thought this was a bit steep and managed to bargain him down to Rs100 (I gave him a small tip as well)....

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  • Akbar's Fort

    This massive majestic fort was built by Emperor Akbar in 1583 and stands on the banks of the Yamuna River near its confluence with the sacred Ganges. The largest of Akbar's forts, it was matchless in its design and construction. Now used by the army, it is not open to visitors unless you have prior permission. In fact the Indian army are everywhere...

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  • Yamuna River

    The Yamuna River flows to the south of the city and joins up with the sacred Ganges, south-east of the city. It is the largest tributary of the Ganges with a total length of around 1370km (850 miles) and flows through the major city's of Delhi, Mathura and Agra (behind the Taj Mahal). I took a boat for a trip out along the fort to the point where...

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  • Minto Park

    This white stone memorial with a four lion symbol on top stands in Minto Park near the Yamuna River and Akbar's Fort. It was here on November 1st 1858 that the British East India Company officially handed over control of India to the British government when Lord Canning read out the famous declaration of Queen Victoria Proclamation. The step was...

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  • Anand Bhavan

    Anand Bhavan was the former ancestral home of the Nehru family. Donated to the Indian government in 1970 by Indira Gandhi, it was turned into a museum. The exhibits in the two storied building seen through glass panels include personal items of Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru (the first Prime Minister of Independent India), Indira Gandhi (Prime...

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  • Swaraj Bhavan Museum

    Situated next to Anand Bhawan, Swaraj Bhavan was donated to the Nation by Motilal Nehru (Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime ministers father) to be used as the headquarters of the Congress Committee. Motilal Nehru bought the house in 1900 and doesn't look like it has been lived in ever since although he lived here until 1930. His grand-daughter,...

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  • Allahabad University

    Designed by Sir William Emerson, (who also designed All Saints Cathedral in Allahabad and the Victoria Memorial in Calcutta), and opened in 1886, the former college is a fine example of 'Indo-saracenic' architecture. It has a 200 feet tower made of pale-yellow sandstone with marble and mosaic floors. It was later established as the University of...

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  • Allahabad Museum

    Allahabad Museum is located on Kamala Nehru Road inside Chandra Shekhar Azad Park. It has 18 galleries containing a wide range of stone sculptures. The sculptures include 2nd century BC pieces from Bharhut and Kausambi, 1st century AD Kushana from Mathura, 4th-6th century Gupta and 11th century carvings from Khajuraho. The exhibits also include...

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  • Public Library

    Founded in 1864, this building is a fine example of Gothic architecture and houses about 75,000 books as well as a treasure trove of manuscripts and journals. The main reading room of this building was erected in 1878 as it was once the Thornhill Mayne Memorial. In 1889 the library was separated from the State Museum and was housed in the present...

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  • Victoria Memorial

    Located in CS Azad Park is this monument known as the Victoria Memorial although there's no statue of Queen Victoria in it.

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  • CS Azad Park

    To the east of Civil Lines lines this large orderly and neat park which features some nice flower arrangements is named after Chandra Shekhar Azad (1906-31), who died fighting the British here. The park, formerly named Alfred Park, is home to the statueless Victorial Memorial, the Gothic Public Library and Allahabad Museum. As in other parks in...

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  • All Saints Cathedral - Interior

    The main western entrance of the cathedral is dominated by the Rose Transept window which shows floral designs. It is dedicated to the memory of Lady Muir who laid the foundation stone on the 10th April 1871. The window, which was sent out from England, was erected by Lady Muir’s sons and daughters. The font in the cathedral, an excellent piece of...

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Allahabad Hotels

  • Hotel Tulsi

    Near Chitra Crossing, BKD Road, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, India

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Shrinath Palace

    1051, Station Road, Civil Lines, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, 284001, India

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Prayag

    73, Noorullah Road, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, 000000, India

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Solo

Allahabad Restaurants

  • A dozen waiters!

    This new restaurant was located at the front of my hotel (the Tepso). It's rather a posh place with about a dozen waiters and smoked out windows. I had a very good mutton Rogan Josh (Rs95) which one of the dozen waiters warned me was going to be spicy but wasn't that spicy when it turned up. Rice is rather expensive - Rs60 for just plain steamed...

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  • Western choices

    There are many cake shops and bakeries in Allahabad, especially on MG Marg and the surrounding Civil Lines area. This was a real treat for me as up until then I hadn't encountered anything like them after travelling in India for about a month. As you can see by the pictures, the shops serve many western style cakes such as cheescakes and gateux's...

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Allahabad Transportation

  • Todo vale / Anything goes

    El tráfico no está permitido en el Kumbh Mela, excepto para el transporte de algunos sadhus y en ocasiones muy especiales, por lo que en estos momentos cualquier cosa que se mueve es buenaEs muy agradable caminar sin el tráfico y sin escuchar las "bocinas" que se escuchan normalmente en la India Traffic is not allowed in the Kumbh Mela except for...

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  • Train station

    This is the main city train station. I arrived here on a very slow train from Lucknow. The journey took 6 hours to do just the 200km (120 miles) not helped by stopping at 2 stations for half-an-hour at each, the last one just 10km away from Allahabad itself. As with all stations in India, there's a lot of people moving around and also standing in...

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Allahabad Local Customs

  • El desfile / The parade

    Después que las Akharas se han bañado en los ríos , los días de los baños con mejores auspicios, que se llaman "snam parva", se organiza un desfile para volver todos los sadhus y sus devotos a las tiendas, para ello se montan en cualquier tipo de transporte , que han preparado y adornado y ellos mismos se engalanan , se ponen sus mejores ropas ,...

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  • El hombre dela sombrilla /The man in the...

    ¿ Quién está debajo de la sombrilla ?Cuando se organiza el desfile para volver del Snam ( baño ) se adornan los transportes, que pueden ser coches , camiones , carros tirados por bueyes , elefantes... y en ellos se coloca un trono y parasoles para los líderes de las Akharas Who is under the umbrella?When organizing the parade to return from the...

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  • Sadhus

    Las normas básicas de los Sadhus son la renuncia y la disciplina .Abandonan la familia , y su vida normal para dedicarse a lo sagrado : el yoga , la meditación, los rituales , penitencias y el control de su propio cuerpo De hecho puede ver como sacrifican su cuerpo y hacen con él cosas tan especiales que son difíciles de imaginar como :Dormir sobre...

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Allahabad Favorites

  • Genda : Marygold - Caléndula

    A la Genda , Caléndula , se la conoce como la hierba del sol y se utiliza para hacer ofrendas religiosas , pujas, en las bodas Indias, para dar la bienvenida y para adornar a los dioses, las casas...pues se cree que traen buena suerte y felicidad El color azafrán / naranja significa renuncia y por tanto se ofrece a los Dioses como símbolo de...

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  • La ciudad de las tiendas / Tent city

    Las riberas del Ganges y del Yamuna se llenan de tiendas con colores brillantes , donde se aloja la gente que viene a Allahabad .Aquí la gente vive, come, vende , reza, camina... y todo esto tiene que estar previsto preparado. La labor de Ingeniería es impresionante para abrir caminos , iluminación , hospitales, policía... Vamos a dar unos números...

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  • Vista aerea - Air view

    Unas fotos tomadas desde un satélite nos darán una idea del tamaño y las dimensiones del Kumbh Mela .Hay que tener en cuenta , que esta celebración se hace en los cauces de los ríos Ganges y Yamuna ( sin olvidar el río Saraswati ) cuando llevan poca agua . Se ha construido todo para el festival , y hay que retirarlo a continuación pues cuando...

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