Places to visit
Prayagraj is home to some of the holiest places in India. It is a city steeped in rich historical significance as well as diverse cultures. Here's a list of some of the most famous tourist destinations in Prayagraj:
Triveni Sangam is the "confluence" of two physical rivers Ganges, Yamuna, and the invisible or mythical Saraswati. It is a place of religious importance and the site for historic Kumbh Mela held every 12 years. A bath in the Sangam water is considered to be the holiest of the holy pilgrimages for Hindus. Pilgrims and tourists can also rent boats to the Sangam at the ghat near the Akbar Fort.
Allahabad Fort was built by Emperor Ashoka but repaired by Emperor Akbar in 1583. It is the largest fort built by Akbar. Unfortunately, access to the fort is limited. Visitors are allowed to see the Ashoka Pillar and Saraswati Koop, a well that is believed to be the source of the Saraswati river and Jodhabai Palace. The magnificent Ashoka Pillar of polished sandstone stands 10.6 meters high, dating back to 232 B.C. The fort is also quite well known for its Akshayavat Tree (Banyan Tree) which, according to a legend, was used by the locals to commit suicide to gain release from the human life.
Minto Park is a historical site. In 1858, Earl Canning read out the declaration of Queen Victoria's Proclamation which resulted in the complete transfer of control over India from The East India Company to the government of Britain. The highlight of the park is the white stone memorial with a four-lion symbol on top, the foundation of which was laid by Lord Minto in 1910. The park is replete with huge shady trees and verdant greenery and is a popular recreation spot in the city.
ALL SAINT’S CATHEDRAL
All Saints Cathedral, also referred to as “Patthar Girja” (Stone Church), is a remarkable Anglican Cathedral in Allahabad which has a Gothic style of architecture, making it a major tourist attraction in Prayagraj. It is an example of 13th-century Gothic style buildings in Asia built by the British during their rule in India. In 1871 AD, British architect Sir William Emerson, architect of Victoria Memorial, Kolkata, designed this monument.
Khusro Bagh is a large walled mughal garden surrounding the mausoleums of Khusrau Mirza (died 1622), eldest son of emperor Jahangir, Shah Begum, Khusrau's mother (died 1604), a Rajput princess and Jahangir's first wife, and that of Princess Sultan Nithar Begam (died c.1624), Khusrau's sister. Built in 17th century, this walled garden with four important mughal tombs showcases some of the most beautiful arches, domes and chhatris which are truly worthy of time and admiration.
Anand Bhavan (1930) is a large bungalow in Allahabad which has been turned into a museum. It was constructed by Indian political leader Motilal Nehru in the 1930s to serve as the new residence of the Nehru family when the original mansion Swaraj Bhavan was transformed into the local headquarters of the Indian National Congress.
Swaraj Bhawan (19th century) is a large mansion located in Allahabad which was owned by Indian political leader Motilal Nehru in the 19th century. It has served as the ancestral home of the Nehru-Gandhi Family. Moreover, the future Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi was born here.
Allahabad Public Library or Thornhill Mayne Memorial is an example of Gothic architecture designed by Richard Roskell Bayne. It was established in 1864. It also served as the house of legislative assembly where the Council of the State organised its first meeting in 1887. It consists of a collection of around 125,000 books, 40 types of magazines and 28 different newspapers in various languages and contains 21 Arabic manuscripts. The library has around 250 visitors everyday and provides them with various facilities like peaceful environment, drinking water, parking, photocopy, child literature, well qualified staff, computer and internet services etc.
Shree Akhileshwar Mahadev
Shree Akhileshwar Mahadev complex is situated in Prayagraj near Rasulabad Ghat road under Chinmaya Mission and covers an area of about 500 sq. feet. It was inaugurated on 30th October 2004 by Swami Tejomayanandaji and Swami Subodhanandaji. The Chinmaya Mission provides the wisdom of Vedanta and the practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, enabling them to become positive contributors of society. The foundation floor of Akhileshwar Mahadev Dhyan Mandapam can accommodate a Satsang Bhavan with a capacity of around 300 people.
The Allahabad Museum was established in 1931 and is centrally located in the Civil Lines area of the city in a lush green garden at Chandrashekhar Azad Park, popularly known as Company Bagh. It consists of rich and diversified collection of art, paintings, sculptures, coins etc and is funded by the Ministry of Culture. It has turned out to be a famous centre to carry out extensive research activities and publications in archaeology, art and literature. It has paintings dating from 14,000 B.C to 2000 B.C. It is the first museum in the country to become self-reliant in power generation by using solar-power system.