Grand, old structures with ageing facades stand guard on the banks of the River Ganges, as her waters gently ebb and flow along the shore. Heads bob up and down, as people from far and wide come to purge their sins in the holy waters
Small, crowded lanes with tinkering cyclists open up to wide roads lined with trees and striking buildings. Welcome to Allahabad!Also known as Prayaga, which translates into ‘place of offerings’, Allahabad is believed to be one of the oldest cities in the country. Significant in Hindu mythology and scriptures, legend has it that this is where the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati met. Allahabad is also central to India’s rich culture, with a strong presence of Hindi literature in the city. Walking along the river, don’t be surprised if you see a writer, looking into the horizon, waiting for inspiration to come by. History, beauty and culture meet in this city, where you will lose yourself in the ages.Culturally rich, Allahabad has plenty to offer to the discerning traveler in search of the ethos of the city. Walk around this historical city to find remnants of its literary and political past—street walls covered in graffiti and slogans are not uncommon here.Plan a day to visit all the city’s major, historical monuments including the Ashoka Pillar, Alfred Park and Minto Park, among many others. The museums, planetarium and university are also worth checking out. The architecture of the buildings in Allahabad, follow their own distinctive style and they all speak volumes about the city’s rich history.Plan your trip around the world-famous Kumbh Mela, which takes place every six years and is an experience of a lifetime—the crowds aside. If that doesn’t work out, try and head to the city during the festive period for Diwali or Ram Navami to experience the lights and festivity. It will be crowded and loud, but the experience will be completely worth it.Cycle rickshaws are the cheapest and most convenient way to move around in Allahabad, especially for short distances. It also gives you an authentic, local experience. Auto-rickshaws are also easily available, but you'll have to haggle and fix the price before getting in, as they do not ply by the meter. Buses also ply through the city, but don't necessarily follow a fixed schedule. If you're willing to splurge a little, hire a private car or taxi to take you around the city sites.Don’t travel alone at night, especially if you are a woman. Uttar Pradesh is not known to be terribly safe.Dress appropriately as it is a conservative city.Keep an eye on your belongings as petty thefts and pick pocketing are not uncommon.
Allahabad is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights.
Airports: Allahabad Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Allahabad from other major cities of the country..