Are you among one of them who have already visited the Kumbh Mela? If yes, then scroll down and read the list because your trip to Allahabad is not complete yet.
1. Admire the majestic sight of the Allahabad Fort
Allahabad Fort was originally built by the legendary King Ashoka and later renovated by the great Emperor Akbar in the year 1583. This massive citadel is considered as the most prized possession of the Mughal Empire. The architectural marvel on the banks of the River Yamuna is a feast to the eyes. The ancient fort of Allahabad will give you a medieval hangover and take you back in time.
The most fascinating structure that you get to witness in the fort is the Ashoka Pillar. The pillar stands tall since the reign of Ashoka in 232 BC. Another key attraction is the Saraswati Kund which is believed to be the source of the mythical Saraswati River. Other notable attractions are the Jodhabai Mahal, (a blend of Hindu and Islamic architectural style) the Patalpur Temple and the Akshaya Vat (an indestructible Banyan Tree as mentioned in Hindu mythology). The Archaeological Survey of India recognized the Allahabad Fort as a monument of national significance.
Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM
2. Explore Chandrashekhar Azad Park
The Chandrashekhar Azad Park is a green patch of land covering an area of 133 acres. Originally, named as Alfred Park, it is one of the largest and the oldest in Allahabad. Being the oldest park, it has witnessed India’s struggle for freedom. Chandrashekar Azad, the fearless Indian revolutionary sacrificed his life here, hence the park is renamed in his honour after independence. A memorial stands erected at the site of his death.
Chandrashekar Azad Park also has other honorary statues of Queen Victoria and King George V. Inside the park, there is a Victoria Memorial, a stadium and a music college. It is a colonial landmark with an Indian influence that draws tourists and locals alike. Chandrashekhar Park is worth visiting if you are seeking an escape from the hustle of the city.
Timings: 5 AM to 11 PM
3. Witness the much revered All Saints Cathedral
All Saints Cathedral situated on the bustling M.G Marg is a marvel in the true sense. It was designed by the famous architect, Sir William Emerson in memory of Bishop Clifford. Also known as ‘Patthar Girija’, this architectural masterpiece is built in Gothic style. Although, the All Saints Cathedral is a typical European structure, some parts of it is inspired by the Mughal architecture.
The interiors of the church are the finest example of intricate workmanship. You can also witness the vaulted ceilings, stained glass panels and classic archways that have a colonial aura infused in it. Dating back to the 19th century, All Saints Cathedral is the best gift from the bygone era. You haven’t been to Allahabad until you have admired such a spectacle!
Timings: 8 AM to 8 PM
4. Soak up the charm at Khusro Bagh
Khusro Bagh is a prominent tourist attraction and a monument of historical importance. It is one of the most magnificent works of the Mughal dynasty. This place is a peaceful retreat with abundant greenery and enclosed by massive walls. The astonishingly beautiful garden houses three mausoleum buildings.
The tomb of Prince Khusrau is the most exquisitely designed specimen after which the monument was named. Apart from this, there are two other mausoleums of Shah Begum (Khusrau’s mother) and Princess Nithar Begum (Khusrau’s sister). Lavishly decorated with stone carvings, Khusro Bagh is the ideal place to get a closer look at the Mughal art and culture.
Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM
5. Explore authentic history at Anand Bhavan
Anand Bhavan is a historical museum that sheds life on the well known Nehru family. It was bought by the eminent political leader, Motilal Nehru in 1930. The Nehru family played an integral part of the Indian Freedom Movement and gave the country five generations of brave leaders. Indira Gandhi donated the Anand Bhavan to the Government in the year 1970 which is turned into a fine museum.
The exhibits highlight a series of events that compelled the family to take part in politics and play a major role in Indian independence. There is a room particularly dedicated to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi who stayed here during his Allahabad visits. However, the real draw is the bedroom of Jawaharlal Nehru that entices everyone visiting the place. Apart from the memorabilia, Anand Bhavan also houses plenty of bookshelves that have titles dedicated to Lenin and Marx.
Timings: 9:30 AM to 5 PM
6. Enjoy sky-watching at Jawahar Planetarium
Sky-watching is fun and exciting, not only to the kids but also to the adults. Dive in the true flavour of sky-watching at Jawahar Planetarium. It is situated beside Anand Bhavan and managed by the ‘Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund’. Jawahar Planetarium takes you on a celestial journey to the wonderland.
You can relish the sight of the night sky and the twinkling stars from the comfort of the city. Apart from sky-watching, the planetarium also gives valuable insight into the solar system, galaxy and outer space. Thus, this experience is a mix of information and entertainment.
Timings: 11 AM to 4 PM, closed on Mondays and fourth Thursdays
7. Indulge in mouth-watering delicacies
The sacred city of Allahabad is known for its lip-smacking food. From spicy to tangy, sweet to savoury, the city offers you countless possibilities. Kachori and sabji with red chutney is the staple food of the locals. Served in every corner of the street, this tasty preparation is fulfilling to the heart as well as the tummy. Another favourite drink is the lassi, a yoghurt based beverage topped with oodles of milk cream.
Allahabad also offers drool-worthy dum aloo where the baby potatoes are slow-cooked and generously spiced with curd based gravy. No wonder, your trip will be incomplete without delving into these authentic dishes.
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