The area in and around Sangam, during the Kumbh or Magh Mela, the region is recommended for visiting. Triveni Sangam is the place where the three rivers of Ganga, Saraswati and Yamuna meet, which is derived from a Sanskrit word. It is a very sacred region for the Hindus who believe that the dip in the waters of this confluence washes away the sins and provides moksha from rebirth. The site where the Triveni Sangam is present has two rivers physically visible, which are ganges and Yamuna and the saraswati river is invisible. The place is also known as Prayag and has a rich tradition and history as the Kumbh Mela is held in the banks of this confluence, once in every 12 years. Ashes of many people including many leaders of the nation have been put into the sacred waters, such as that of Mahatma
Emperor Akbar built the Allahabad Fort in the city in the year 1583 which is located near the point where Ganges meets the Yamuna river. Among the different forts built during the time of Akbar, this fort is the largest. This huge architectural beauty is known for its design, craftsmanship and construction and has three big galleries which are surrounded by huge towers.
During its days, there was no rival to this fort as far as the design and construction was concerned. The three galleries are surrounded by equally astounding towers. In the present days, this fort is being used by the army mostly, while only a small area is possible to be seen by the tourists. The wall which is in the outside is quite beautiful and is still intact and it goes above the edge of the water. Ashokan Pillar, Saraswati Kup , and a few other structures are open for public viewing. In the fort, there is the Patalpuri temple and the famous banayan tree which is also known as Akshaya Vat.
This is a garden of large size, where the mausoleums of Khusro, who was Jahangir’s son is also present.
Anand Bhawan is a majestic building in the city of Allahabad which was the property of Motilal Nehru during the 19th century. This was the home of the members and ancestors of Nehru-Gandhi family and Indira Gandhi, who was to become the Prime Minister of India was born in this mansion. But her father, the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru didn’t get birth in this place. Presently, this building is under the management of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund in Delhi.
This is large museum with an exquisite collection of many sculptures, which mostly belong to the gupta era.
The Ashoka Pillar is a large structure made of sandstone which is polished and is of the height of 10.6 mts and was supposedly built in around 232 B.C. There are plenty of edicts and various inscriptions in Persian done during the period of jehangir, during the time when he came on to the throne.
Within the Patalpuri Temple is a famous banyan tree, considered to be of many ages and hence immortal and is having a mention in many of the ancient writings and scriptures by historians. This tree is located in a deep crevice with an underground path which is supposed to be opening at the point of Triveni.
There is the requirement of permission in order to go to Patalpuri temple, Allahabad Fort, Akshaya Vat and Ashoka Pillar and this is given by the ordinance depot commandant of the Allahabad fort.
The previously named Anand Bhawan, which was the ancestral home of Motilal Nehru was given to the nation in 1930 for being converted into the congress committee headquarters. This building was renamed as Swaraj Bhawan, where was born the future prime minister of India, Mrs Indira Gandhi. Here there is facility of a show with light & sound from around 11 am in the morning to 5.30 pm with a ticket charge of Rs 5/-.
Visiting hours: 09:30 am to 05:30 pm. Closed on Monday's.
Mayo Memorial Hall (1979)
Topped with a tower of about 180 feet, the Mayo Memorial Hall is located near the memorial of Myne and Thornhill. The inside of the hall was decorated by Professor Gamble who was also the designer of South Kensington Museum in London. The Mayo hall was finished in 1979 and was supposed to be used for balls and reception and public meetings, as a mark of respect to the killed Viceroy.
Shankar Viman Mandapam
The mandapam is having 4 floors with a total height of 130 ft. Inside it, there are sculpted idols of Jagatguru Shankaracharya, Kumaril Bhatt, Yogsahastra Shastrayoga Linga surrounded by 108 shivas and the Kamakshi Devi surrounded by 51 Shaktipeethas.
Chandrashekhar Azad Park
Otherwise known as Alfred Park, the Chandrasekhar Azad Park is the largest in Allahabad. It is also known by the name of Company Garden with total area of 1.014 sq km.
Surrounding the park are areas of Civil Lines, Georgetown and the colony named as Darbangha and the park coordinates are N25°27'9",E80°50,51".
Company bagh is situated near to the museum and has many colonial era structures and a library for the public, along with some statues of Chandrashekhar Azad and the GN Jha Research Institute. This park is dedicated to the Chandrashekhar Azad who was a freedom fighter and a martyr when he was killed fighting the forces of the british at this location.