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Country: India
State:Uttar Pradesh
Location:
Area: 63.07 km2
Altitude: 98 m
Population: 1,216,719
Language: Hindi
Known for: Kumbh Mela
Nearby Cities: Varanasi, Kanpur, Lucknow

Located in the south-eastern part of the state Uttar Pradesh, Allahabad is one of the oldest cities of north India. Right from the beginning, the city is pretty important for the religious purpose. The original name of the city was 'Prayaga', which had been changed as Allahabad by the great Mughal emperor Akbar. In fact, 'Prayaga' was the ancient Sanskrit name, which has meaning i.e. 'place of sacrifice.' As per the Indian mythology and traditional belief, it was the same place where God Brahma had been offered his first sacrifice after creation of this world. Above all, among four Kumbh Mela sites, it is one of the sites of Hindu pilgrimage Kumbh Mela; other three located in other regions of India are Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik.

Interestingly, Allahabad is the ancient place where one time (during ancient period) the great River Ganga, Yamuna, and ancient River Sarasvati meet and form 'Triveni Sangam.' But over period of time the River Sarasvati had been wiped out. However, unofficially the city is still known as Prayaga (religious name). Besides, the city Allahabad is very potential political region that engendered seven Prime Ministers of India including Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Gulzarilal Nanda, Vishwanath Pratap Singh and Chandra Shekhar. All of them anyway related to the city Allahabad such as some of them born in the city, some had Allahabad constituency, and some had studied at Allahabad University.

Furthermore, in the modern period of time, Allahabad is one of the fastest growing cities of India. Surprisingly, as per the published report, the city has ranked 130th among the fastest growing city of the world. In addition, the city is also administrative and judiciary centre of the state Uttar Pradesh. Many government's head offices and High Court of the state are located in Allahabad itself.

Allahabad Tourism
By virtue of being an historical city, Allahabad has various tourists' attractions including the sangam spot, museum, fort, parks and many more. Major Tourists' Attractions are:
Allahabad Fort: Built in the year 1583 by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar, Allahabad Fort is the most wonderful tourists' attraction in the city. The fort has huge walls, three gates and all are flanked by high rising towers.
Anand Bhawan: Anand Bhawan is the ancestral home of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India. However, this place is now transformed into a museum where you can see various items and personal belongings of Pandit Nehru and his family members.
Allahabad Museum: It is one of the most maintained and popular museum of India and one of the must visit places of Allahabad. You can see here the collection of archaeological items, natural historical exhibits, art gallery etc.
Sangam: It is the ancient place where the three legendary rivers namely the Ganga, the Yamuna and the Saraswati used to meet; however, over period of time, the river Saraswati wiped out. So, at present, you can see here only two rivers i.e. the Ganga and the Yamuna. This place is not only historical but one of the most sacred religious places of India. World popular Kumbh Mela takes place hereby after every 12 years.
Allahabad University: Established in the year 1887, it is one of the central and popular universities of India. It has sound academic tradition that has acquired many landmarks till date.
Alfred Park: It is the largest and well maintained park of Allahabad along with historical significance. At the centre of the park, you can see here the huge statue of George V and Victoria.
Minto Park: At present popular as Madan Mohan Malaviya Park, it is pretty fascinating centre of Allahabad. The park is very much important for the historical purpose; you can collect the historical knowledge here.
Khusrau Bagh: It is an historical park that houses the tomb of Prince Khusru, elder son of Mughal Emperor Jahangir.

Some Other Attractions are:
Allahabad Planetarium
New Yamuna Bridge
Alopi Devi Mandir
Patalpuri Temple
All Saints Cathedral
Patthar Girja
Shivkoti Mahadev Temple
Someshwar Mahadev Temple
Saraswati Ghat
Maa Kalyani Mandir
Bhardwaj Ashram
Hanumaan Mandir
Mankameswar Mahadev Shiv Mandir

How to Reach??
By Road: Allahabad has well developed road network; it is connected with various cities and towns of India with the road network. NH 2 is the major highway that connects it with many cities of India. In the recent years, other development such as New Yamuna Bridge has fastened the traffic system of Allahabad.
By Rail: Allahabad has major railway station namely Allahabad junction. The city is connected with most of the major cities and towns of India including New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai etc.
By Air: Located at the distance of about 12 km, it has pretty old Airport that directly links with Delhi and other major cities of India.

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