Allahabad is a beautiful city situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. The city draws attention of pilgrims and heritage lovers from all over the world as it opens the traveller to a world of mythological and spiritual wonders. Allahabad is a fusion of sanctity, religion, traditions, history and architecture which offers varied experiences from historical to religious. Allahabad is one of the destinations which holds the Kumbh Mela, world’s largest congregation of devotees. For the Mughals the city had a great strategic importance to control their empire, and it also became a prominent administrative hub for the British era. The city was the nerve centre of activities during the India’s Freedom Movement. Several eminent national leaders were born on this land. Allahabad has also played a leading role in development of Hindi and Urdu literature. The city has been described in ancient scriptures as ‘Teerthraj’, the holiest pilgrimage centre and is indeed a perfect place to have a soulful escape.
A beautiful double storey building is an erstwhile ancestral home of the Nehru family. This stately mansion is where the planning to overthrow the British Raj was done by Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Inside the buildng are neatly preserved books, personal relics and photos belonging to the Nehru family, now a part of the Indian history and heritage. Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India got married here in 1942. The complex is also a home to the Jawahar Planetarium which runs educational shows every hour from 11.30AM to 4.30PM.
All Saints Cathedral in Allahabad was built in the late 19th century and today stands remarkably as a colonial structure. The intricate work and designs on the marble altar and the stained glass panel with the grand pulpit along with its arches in pale sandstone makes the building more attractive. The Anglican Church has a Gothic style of architecture, which makes it a major tourist attraction in Allahabad. All Saints Cathedral Church is also referred to as “Patthar Girja” (Stone Church). This landmark was designed by the British architect Sir William Emerson, in the year 1870. The church is located at the Sarojini Naidu Marg, Civil Lines, Allahabad, and is open only on Sundays from dawn to dusk.
A walled garden that contains four important Mughal tombs built in the 17th century. This emerald garden complex has a rich history. One of the tombs belong to Prince Khusro who was the eldest son of Jahangir. Another one belongs to Khusro’s mother Shah Begum. The third tomb was constructed by Khusro’s sister Nesa Begum is beautiful to look at with multiple artistic carvings over it but remains empty. The last one which is smaller is known as Tamerlan's tomb and remains a secret. The artistic beauty of the place leaves the visitors awestruck. The beautiful arches, domes and chhatris are worth the time and admiration.
Sangam is the renowned spot for holy dip and offering prayers. This place is also known as Triveni Sangam. ‘Sangam’ meaning meet/merge, is so called because it is the point where the holy Rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet. One can hire boats from the Qila Ghat to see the actual spot where the rivers converge. Devotees also take bath in the river water with a belief to shed off their sins and attain ‘moksha’ (salvation). Devotees also immerse the ashes of their deceased relatives to help them achieve Moksha after death. The ghats are filled with swarming crowds. Nearby are the Saraswati and Nehru Ghats where evening Aartis take place.
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