Allahabad Travel Guide

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Allahabad is one of the most sacred cities in India, located at confuence of three of the most important and sacred rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati (only two are visible and scientifically known, third Saraswati is hypothetical under Hindu mythology). Hence in the ancient scrptures it is refered to as 'Triveni'.

Sangam, as it is popularily known is considered to have great soul-cleaning powers. Almost all Hindus come to Allahabad atleast once in their life time.

One of the major festival here is once in 12 years, the occurance of 'Kumbh Mela' (single largest gathering of Human Being anywhere in the world, as ceritified by the Guiness Book). Infact, it is one of the 4 sites where this festival is held. According to scriptures, drops of manna fell from the heavens at 4 places on earth. These are where 'Kumbh Mela' is held every 12 years. There is also a festival of 'Ardh Kumbh' at every 6 years.

Prayag has also been a hub of activities during the freedom struggle of India. It gave the nation prominent leaders like Pandit Motilal Nehru, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (India's first Prime Minister), Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri. Poets like Shri Harivanshrai Bachaan have penned down their classics here. His son Amitabh Bachaan is a well known name in the world of Hindi cinema. Footprints of Historical greatness can be found scattered across the city in the form of monuments.

Allahabad is a hub of educational activity in the state. There was a time when Allahabad University was known as the Cambridge of the East.

It has beautiful markets & eating joints and it is a city where you can find a blend of different cultures. The longitude against which Indian Standard time is set passes through this city.


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