Minto Park, Allahabad
In Allahabad, a very beautiful park is the Minto Park, one among the many such parks. This park is found at the banks of Yamuna in the saraswati ghat and has a lot of historical significance, even though it is simply a park.
It was in this park that the Proclamation of Queen Victoria was read out in 1958 by Lord Canning. As per this declaration, the power of rule in India was to be shifted from the hands of East India company to that of the Government of Britain. Such a step was taken keeping in mind the voices of resent towards the high level of corruption that was prevalent in the East India Company. By the proclamation, India became a colony under the british empire which was a downgrading of the status.
The name of the park was given from the name of Lord Minto who put the foundation stone for the start of this park’s construction. Later, the park was renamed as Madan Mohan Malviya Park after the great freedom fighter.
Khusro, according to whose name this park is christened, was another son of Jahangir, and a prince who was then killed by Shah Jahan for getting the throne as has happened many times in the Mughal dynasty. The park is made around the tomb of Khusro.
This Khusro Bagh was constructed by Jehangir in the memory of Khusro and was finished in 1622. Green gardens surround the tomb, which is a common feature for all the tombs constructed by Mughal kings. Built from sandstone, the tomb has beautiful decorations and carvings made with marbles and many other precious ingredients.
This bagh is found in the vicinity of railway station at Allahabad along the GT road and is looked after by the ASI. Tourists can visit this place by paying a certain entry fee during any part of the year.
Chandra Shekhar Azad Park
In Allahabad, near the museum of Allahabad is a famous Chandra Shekhar Azad park. Originally, this park was constructed to honor Prince Alfred, who was the Edinburgh Duke, and got the name of Alfred Park. The present name is based on the great leader of Indian Independence, Chandra Shekhar Azad, who sacrificed himself at this place. There is also a great library for the public near the park, where about 75,000 books can be found and many manuscripts of great values are preserved. The park also has a stadium by the name of Mahmana Madan Mohan Malviya suitable for matches. A statue of Chandra Shekhar Azad is found in the park also, besides many buildings made in the colonial designs.