Allahabad

About Allahabad

Allahabad, also known as Prayag  and Ilahabad, is a city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and the administrative headquarters of Allahabad District, the most populous district in the state. As of 2011, Allahabad is the seventh most populous city in the state, fifteenth in the Northern India and thirty-sixth in India, with an estimated population of 1.11 million in the city and 1.21 million in its metropolitan region. In 2011 it was ranked the world’s 130th fastest-growing city. Allahabad, in 2013, was ranked the third most liveable city in the state (after Noida and Lucknow) and twenty-ninth in the country.

The city’s original name – Prayag, or “place of offerings” – comes from its position at the Sangam (confluence) of the Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Sarasvati rivers. It is the second-oldest city in India, and plays a central role in Hindu scriptures. Allahabad was originally called Kaushambi (now a separate district) by the Kuru rulers of Hastinapur, who developed it as their capital. Since then, Allahabad has been a political, cultural and administrative centre of the Doab region. Mughal emperor Akbar renamed it Ilahabad, which the British changed to Allahabad. In 1833 it became the seat of the Ceded and Conquered Provinces region before its capital was moved to Agra in 1835. Allahabad became the capital of the North-Western Provinces in 1858, and was the capital of India for a day. The city was the capital of the United Provinces from 1902 to 1920 and remained at the forefront of national importance during the struggle for Indian independence.

Located in southern Uttar Pradesh, the city’s metropolitan area covers 70.5 km2 (27.22 sq miles). Although the city and its surrounding area are governed by several municipalities, a large portion of Allahabad District is governed by the Allahabad City Council. The city is home to colleges, research institutions and central and state government offices. Allahabad has hosted cultural and sporting events, including Kumbh Mela and the Indira Marathon. Although the city’s economy was built on tourism, most of its income now derives from real estate and financial services.

History

The city was earlier known as Prayāga, a name still commonly used. Prayāga existed during the Vedic period, and is mentioned in the Veda as the location where Brahma (the Hindu creator of the universe) attended a ritual sacrifice. Excavations have revealed Northern Black Polished Ware dating to 600–700 BCE. The Puranas record that Yayati left Prayag and conquered the region of Saptha Sindhu. His five sons (Yadu, Druhyu, Puru, Anu and Turvashu) founded the main tribes of the Rigveda. Lord Rama, the protagonist of the Ramayana, spent time at the Ashram of Sage Bharadwaj before travelling to nearby Chitrakoot.

When the Aryans first settled in what they called the Āryāvarta (or Madhyadesha), Allahabad (then Kaushambi) was an important part of their territory. The Kurus, rulers of Hastinapur (near present-day Delhi), established the town of Kaushambi near Allahabad. They shifted their capital to Kaushambi when Hastinapur was destroyed by floods.

The Doab region, which includes Allahabad, was controlled by a succession of empires and dynasties.The area became part of the Mauryan and Gupta Empires from the east and the Kushan Empire from the west before being governed by Kannauj during the 15th century. The city was the site of Maratha incursions before India was colonised.[23] In 1765, the British established a garrison at Allahabad Fort. Allahabad became a part of the Delhi Sultanate when it was annexed by Mohammad Ghori in 1193. Later, the Mughals took over from the slave rulers of Delhi and under them Allahabad rose to prominence. Allahabad was a provincial capital in the Moghul Empire under the reign of Jahangir. Akbar built a fort on the banks of the sangam and renamed the settlement Ilāhābād (Persian for “place of a god”) in 1575.A unique artefact associated with Jahangir’s reign found in Allahabad is a large jade terrapin, now in the British Museum‘s collection.

In 1765, forces of Mir Qasim, the Nawab of Bengal, Shuja-ud-Daula, the Nawab of Awadh and the Mughal emperor Shah Alam II lost the Battle of Buxar to the British; this was followed by the Treaty of Allahabad. Although the British did not yet establish direct rule, they saw Allahabad’s strategic position and established a garrison in Akbar’s fort. In 1801, the Nawab of Awadh ceded the city to the British East India Company. Gradually, the rest of the Doab and its adjoining western region in its west (including Delhi and Ajmer-Merwara) came under British rule. The northwestern area became a new presidency, the North Western Provinces of Agra, with its capital at Agra.Allahabad was an important part of the state. In 1834, the city became the governmental seat of Agra Province and a High Court was established; a year later, both were moved to Agra. Allahabad was a participant in the 1857 Indian Mutiny, when Maulvi Liaquat Ali unfurled the banner of revolt. During the rebellion Allahabad, with a number of European troops, was the scene of a massacre.

After the mutiny the British established a high court, a police headquarters and a public-service commission in Allahabad, making the city an administrative centre. They truncated the Delhi region of the state, merging it with the Punjab and moving the capital of the North-Western Provinces to Allahabad (where it remained for 20 years) In January 1858, Earl Canning departed Calcutta for Allahabad. That year he read Queen Victoria’s proclamation, transferring control of India from the East India Company to the British Crown (beginning the British Raj), in Minto Park. In 1877 the provinces of Agra and Awadh were merged to form the United Provinces, with Allahabad its capital until 1920.

The 1888 session of the Indian National Congress was held in the city, and by the turn of the 20th century Allahabad was a revolutionary centre. Nityanand Chatterji became a household name when he hurled a bomb at a European club.In Alfred Park in 1931, Chandrashekhar Azad died when surrounded by British police. The Nehru family homes, Anand Bhavan and Swaraj Bhavan, were centres of Indian National Congress activity. During the years before independence Allahabad was home to thousands of satyagrahis led by Purushottam Das Tandon, Bishambhar Nath Pande, Narayan Dutt Tiwari and others. The first seeds of the Pakistani nation were sown in Allahabad. On 29 December 1930, Allama Muhammad Iqbal‘s presidential address to the All-India Muslim League proposed a separate Muslim state for the Muslim-majority regions of India.

Allahabad is known as the “city of prime ministers” because seven out of 15 prime ministers of India since independence have connections to Allahabad (Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Gulzarilal Nanda, Vishwanath Pratap Singh and Chandra Shekhar). All seven leaders were either born there, were alumni of Allahabad University or were elected from an Allahabad constituency.

Map

Geography

Cityscape

The old part of the city, at the south of Allahabad Junction Railway Station, consists of neighbourhoods like Chowk, Johnstongunj, Dariyabad, Khuldabad and many more.In the north of the Railway Station, the new city consists of neighbourhoods like Lukergunj, Civil Lines, Georgetown, Tagoretown, Ashok Nagar, Mumfordgunj, Bharadwaj Puram and others which are relatively new and were built during the British rule.[49] Civil Lines is the central business district of the city and is famous for its urban setting, gridiron plan roads[50] and high rise buildings. Built in 1857, it was the largest town-planning project carried out in India before the establishment of New Delhi.[49][50] Allahabad has many buildings featuring Indo-Islamic and Indo-Saracenic architecture. Although several buildings from the colonial period have been declared “heritage structures”, others are deteriorating.[51] Famous landmarks of the city are Allahabad Museum, New Yamuna Bridge, Allahabad University, Triveni Sangam, All Saints Cathedral, Anand Bhavan, Alfred Park etc.

Topography

Allahabad is in south-eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, at the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna . The region was known in antiquity first as the Kuru, then as the Vats country.To the southwest is Bundelkhand, to the east and southeast is Baghelkhand, to the north and northeast is Awadh and to the west is the lower doab (of which Allahabad is part). The city is divided by a railway line running east-west. South of the railway is the Old Chowk area, and the British-built Civil Lines is north of it. Allahabad is geographically and culturally strategically located. Geographically part of the Ganga-Yamuna Doab (at the mouth of the Yamuna), culturally it is the terminus of the Indian west. The Indian Standard Time longitude (25.15°N 82.58°E) is near the city. According to a United Nations Development Programme report, Allahabad is in a “low damage risk” wind and cyclone zone. In common with the rest of the doab, its soil and water are primarily alluvial. Pratapgarh is north of the city, Bhadohi is east, Rewa is south and Kaushambi is west.

Biodiversity

The Ganga-Jamuna Doab, of which Allahabad is a part, is on the western Indus-Gangetic Plain region. The doab (including the Terai) is responsible for the city’s unique flora and fauna. Since the arrival of humans, nearly half of city’s vertebrates have become extinct. Others are endangered or have had their range severely reduced. Associated changes in habitat and the introduction of reptiles, snakes and other mammals led to the extinction of bird species, including large birds such as eagles. The Allahabad Museum, one of four national museums in India, is documenting the flora and fauna of the Ganga and the Yamuna.

The most common birds found in the city are doves, peacocks, junglefowl, black partridge, house sparrows, songbirds, blue jays, parakeets, quails, bulbuls, and comb ducks. Large numbers of Deer are found in Trans Yamuna area of Allahabad. Other animals in the state include reptiles such as lizards, cobras, kraits, and gharials. During winter, large numbers of Siberian birds are reported in the sangam and nearby wetlands.

How to Get There

The best way to reach Allahabad, if you are coming from outside India, is to take a direct flight to Delhi and then take one of the numerous connecting trains from Delhi to Allahabad. The Kolkata Rajdhani express, though a better train, lands at a very odd hour in Allahabad (23:43) from Delhi which can be inconvenient for Allahabad being a really quiet place at night. Best train from Delhi to Allahabad is the PrayagRaj Express (Train No. 2418) which leaves from New Delhi Railway Station at 21:30 and arrives in Allahabad at 06:00 next day. The train runs every day. Newly launched is Duranto Express leaving Allahabad for New Delhi on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays at 22:40 hours and reaches New Delhi at 06:05 the next day with number 2275. This is a non-stop service with AC1, AC2, AC3 and non-AC 3 Tier composition. Down service from New Delhi leaves on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 23.00 and reaches Allahabad at 06:20 the next day with number 2276. Fares are marginally higher than other superfast and express trains.

By plane

Allahabad Airport (IXD) also called Bamrauli Field is essentially a military base with a one-room passenger terminal and one commercial flight per day run by Air India (IC 7801). The flight departs Delhi and arrives in Allahabad after a brief stop in Kanpur. The plane then returns to Delhi. Baggage is hand delivered after arrival so wait in the terminal if you have checked luggage for it to be delivered. A new (2014) flight from Mumbai by Air India runs only on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

It is far easier to fly into Varanasi (120 km away) or Lucknow (200 km away), as both of these airports are much better served.

By train

Allahabad is situated on the trunk train route from Delhi to Kolkata and from Mumbai to Kolkata, so it is well-connected by trains. Innumerable trains stop at Allahabad.

The city has four railway stations, with Allahabad Junction being the main station and where the majority of long distance trains call. Allahabad City Station, in Rambagh, is often used by trains that terminate in the city. Daraganj station is near the confluence of the rivers Ganga and Yamuna and useful for reaching the holy sites. In addition, a temporary railway station known as Prayag Ghat is opened next to Daraganj during the important religious festivals for the better management and control of extra pilgrim traffic on those occasions. Finally, there’s Prayag station north of the city centre, near the university.

By bus

Allahabad is on NH2 and NH27 and is, therefore, well connected by road. Several buses ply to and from nearby cities and towns.

By taxi

Get around

Hire a cycle-rickshaw. It is the cheapest, best and most widely available means of transport. You will have to haggle for the prices, though.

Auto Rickshaws (3-Wheelers) are also cheap modes of travel inside the city.

City buses are available on certain routes but their arrivals and departures are unpredictable.

Sightseeing

Dussehra

Dussehra is another auspicious time to visit the colorful city. In every corner of the city famous ‘Ramleela’ is organized with zeal and enthusiasm. Every class of society participates in the festival. Ramleela of Pattharchatti and Pajawa are worthy of seeing. Famous ‘Kali dance’ is organized in Daraganj in late nights of 4th,5th and 6th days of Navratri. People horde in large numbers in narrow streets of Daraganj to see the dance.

During these very days, Durga puja is also celebrated by Bengali community which makes a major section of Allahabadi society. Puja pandals of Darbhanga colony and Jagat Taran College are the best places to enjoy the marvelous works of craftsmen of the city.

Kumbh Fair

Kumbh is the best time to get the glimpse of Hindu rituals and culture. Organized once in every twelve years, Kumbh 2001 was the largest ever human gathering in history. Vedas contain the laurels on the divine period of Kumbh, which make it the biggest festival for Hinduism. Festivals of Makar Sankranti, Mauni Amavasya and Basant Panchami are the most auspicious days and ‘Shahi Snaana’ are held. The Kumbh area is a temporary settlement of tents made on the flood plains for Ganga and Yamuna which are vastly sprawled. It is better to book the camps/hotels in advance as the number of visitors are unbelievably high. Plan the visit around 6 months before the starting of the fair. Deadly stampedes during Kumbh are unfortunately commonplace.

Kumbh is the largest gathering of human beings on the planet when it occurs. In 2001, 80-90 million pilgrims came for the divine Kumbh. Every year, a smaller version of Kumbh called Magh Mela is organized which falls during the Hindu month of Magha (Usually January or February). Magh Mela is an auspicious time to get married and Allahabad will be bustling with marriage processions long into the night during this period.

Sangam

A dip in the holy Sangam of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati is a must for the spiritually inclined. Sangam is a Sanskrit word for confluence. It is a sacred holy site for Hindus. According to Vedic literature and myths it is called Triveni Sangam because three rivers meet up here namely the holy Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati which is believed to be flowing beneath the surface. At the time of churning of sea (Samudra Manthan) by Gods (Suras) and the Demons (Asuras) few drops of amrita (holy nectar that makes a mortal immortal) fell at four different parts of the subcontinent during a fight between Gods and Demons over it. That places are Hardwar, Nasik, Prayag and Ujjain and are considered holy and MahaKumbha Mela is organised once in 12 years. Millions of pilgrims, tourists, ascetics, sadhu/sant (holy men) visit Prayag at the time of month long Kumbha for taking holy dip at sangam and perform religious rituals and ceremonies. Also Magh Mela is organised annually on January-February(Magh month of Hindu Calendar) and millions visit to take holy dip at Sangam.

Attractions

  • All Saints Cathedral. All Saints` Cathedral, designed by William Emerson (later President of the Royal Institute of British Architects) in complete Gothic style, was commenced in the year 1877. Standing in a grass compound at a major junction, it is in white stone with red sandstone dressings. The pavement to the choir and sanctuary is constructed pure Jaipur marble.
    Also known as Patthar Girja among local people, it is one of the oldest church of India.
  • Allahabad Fort. The Allahabad Fort, built from the year 1583 onwards by Akbar, stands at the junction of the two great rivers. It was the largest of Akbar`s forts, and although its original form has been much impaired by early restoration work, the splendid Zenana Palace still survives. It is a fine pavilion, with a central square hall carried on sixty-four columns bordered by a deep veranda of double columns and there are clusters of four in each corner.
    Kumbha Mela Under the wall of the palace, there is the so-called `Undying Banyan Tree` or Akshai Vata. In front of the entrance to the-Fort is the `Ashoka Pillar`, 35 feet high, it is made up of polished stone. Edicts of Ashoka are inscribed on it. The fort was later garrisoned under Company Raj, this imposing structure stands on the bank of Yamuna at sangam nose. Due to military concerns, only a limited area of the fort can been seen.
  • Allahabad High Court. It is the seat of Justice in Uttar Pradesh, and is the oldest high court in the country with largest strength of judges.
  • Churches and Convents of the city. Allahabad boasts of its magnificent churches that were buit during the epoch of British Raj. Some of them are All Saints Cathedral, St Josephs’ Convent, Evangelical Church and Bethany Convent. Diocese of Allahabad was the first in North India and has played a major role in nurturing the missionaries in the region
  • Company Bagh (Alfred Park or Chandrashekhar Azad Park), Panna Lal Road. It is the place to experience the British era of Indian history. Encircled in this park are Allahabad Museum, Victoria memorial and public library. Historical relics are scattered throughout the park. It was in this park where Chandrashekhar Azad, who fought for independence, shot himself with his last bullet.
  • Jawahar Planetarium. 11:00-16:30. A place for those who are interested in astronomy. Shows are at every hour and charges are nominal. Children under age of 7 are not allowed.(Closed on Mondays) ₹20.
  • Khusro bagh. 08:00-20:00. Khusro Bagh is entered through an old doorway that is 60 feet high. Khusrau was the elder brother of the Emperor Shah Jahan. He died in the year 1615 and the tomb was completed seven years later. The actual burial chamber is underground. It was enriched with plasterwork and was painted with birds and flowers and Persian inscriptions. West of the tomb is another tomb, which is believed to be the tomb of Khusrau`s sister. The place is also known for famous ‘Allahabadi Guavas’.
  • Minto Park (Between Fort and Yamuna Bridge). A historical spot where ‘Company Raj’ came to its end and India was formally transferred to the British crown. In the park is a replica of the Ashok Pillar, upon which the national emblem of Indian Republic is perched.
  • Moti Mahal and Bari KothiDaryaganj
  • Nagvasuki Temple (In Daraganj). 
  • Thornhill Mayne Memorial (Allahabad Public Library), Chandra Sekhar Azad Park +91 0532 2460197, e-mail: . The marvelous monuments is perched in Company Garden. The monument has served as the house of legislative assembly in British era when Allahabad was the capital of United Provinces. Presently it has been converted to a library which is popularly known as Public Library. The monument is beautifully carved from white sandstones and is drenched in Gothic serenity.
  • University of Allahabad Campus. The 4th oldest university of India, it has various neo-Gothic monuments. Zoological museum in Department of Zoology homes a collection of skeletons of mammoth and elephants.
  • Yamuna bridge. A stroll or a cycle ride on the bridge at sunrise or sunset is extremely refreshing.

Museums

Visit to a historical city like Allahabad can not be complete without understanding and feeling its vibrant and varied history. The city is rich in museums and offers attractive spots for people of every discourse.

  • Agharkar museumBotany Department, university of Allahabad, Allahabad-211002. +91 532 246 1887. Summer : 07:00 to 12:00; winter: 10:00 to 17:00; closed : Sunday and university holidays;
  • Allahabad MuseumChandrashekhar Azad Park, Kamala Nehru Road +91 532 240 7409, e-mail: . 10:30 to 16:30; closed : Mondays and gazetted holidays and Sunday falling after second Saturday. Spot for the lovers of ancient history. Allahabad being a historical city, the museum offers a convenient way to explore the history of the city and vicinity. Stone sculptures, terracottas, miniature paintings, modern Indian paintings, seals, sealing, coins, presents from Pt. Jawaharalal Nehru, miniature objects, handicrafts, firms, manuscripts, arms and armour inscription, thangkas. Citivithika half yearly. Library. Guide service; film shows on request; Lectures. Photography allowed on payment of Rs25 per snap. Multi-purpose museum. Adult Indian citizens: Rs5, children below 12: Rs2, foreigners: Rs100.
  • Anand Bhawan MuseumMoti Lal Neharu Marg, e-mail: . 9.30am-1pm & 1.30-5pm Tue-Sun (exclusive of a lunch break between 13:00 and 13:30); closed: Mondays and gazetted holidays. Learn about the intricacies of Indian struggle for freedom during early 20th century. Among many things, you will find the personal correspondence and family photographs of the Nehrus. Besides Anand Bhawan is Swaraj Bhawan, ancestral place of the Nehru clan. It offers a best way to know about Nehru family via its video shows which are scheduled hourly. Anand Bhawan and Swaraj Bhawan are the places which have served as the parliament in real sense during British era. Many important decisions and happenings have been witnessed by these monuments. Picture gallery of national movement, painting textile books parquetry. Library. Rs5.-(for first floor only).
  • Anatomy MuseumM.L.N. medical College. July 1 to April 30: 09:00 to 16:00, May 1 to June 30: 08:00 to 12:00, closed university holiday. Dissected parts of the human body, models of human organs embryology models to study various branches of anatomy.
  • Archaeological MuseumMuseum Department of ancient History, culture and Archaeology, university of Allahabad -211002.. Summer : 07:00 to 12:00; winter ; 10:00 to 16:00; closed: Sunday and other university holidays
  • Ganganath Jha kendriya Sanskrit vidyapeethaC.S. Azad Park +91 532 2460957, +91 532 2504081, +91 532 2506892. 09:30 to 18:00; closed: Saturday, Sunday & gazetted holidays;. Mainly Sanskrit manuscripts about 50,000; along with in Telugu, Bangali, Maithili and oriya,
  • Hindi SangrahalayaHindi Sahitya Saammelan. Summer: 06:30 to 11:30 Winter: 11:00 to 17:00; closed; Sunday and major holidays. Books, periodicals, manuscripts, coins, letters, photographs, memoir trophies and personal belongings of literary personalities

Temples

  • Ankaleshwara Temple (Stanley Rd, Mehndauri Colony). 
  • Bharadwaj Ashram. The hermitage of Saint Bharadwaj, as per Ramayana. There is a temple of Lord Prayagraj, the God of the Prayag city.
  • Bade Hanuman Ji TempleThe Adelphi, Allen Ganj (Near the Sangam). Here lies a magnificent statue of Lord Hanuman which is believed to be of Ramayana era.
  • Dashaswamedh Gath (On the bank of Ganges in Daraganj). According to Hindu mythology this was the spot where Lord Bramha performed Parikshit Yajna and city got its name Prayag
  • Jhusi-Tallest Hanuman Mandir. The temple is an unusually tall Hanuman deity along with 108 Shivalingas.
  • Mankameshwar Mandir. The temple is at the bank of Yamuna river near Triveni Sangam. You can’t miss it as it has flashy neon animations at its entrance.
  • Shankar Vimana Mandapam. Build in South Indian style, the temple offers a great view of Sangam and surrounding areas.
  • Someshwar Mahadev Temple.

Best Time to Visit

Allahabad has a humid subtropical climate common to cities in the plains of North India, designated Cwa in the Köppen climate classification. The annual mean temperature is 26.1 °C (79.0 °F); monthly mean temperatures are 18–29 °C (64–84 °F). Allahabad has three seasons: a hot, dry summer, a cool, dry winter and a hot, humid monsoon. Summer lasts from March to September with daily highs reaching up to 48 °C in the dry summer (from March to May) and up to 40 °C in the hot and extremely humid monsoon season (from June to September). The monsoon begins in June, and lasts till August; high humidity levels prevail well into September. Winter runs from December to February, with temperatures rarely dropping to the freezing point. The daily average maximum temperature is about 22 °C (72 °F) and the minimum about 9 °C (48 °F). Allahabad never receives snow, but experiences dense winter fog due to numerous wood fires, coal fires, and open burning of rubbish—resulting in substantial traffic and travel delays, but the city does not receive snow. Its highest recorded temperature is 48 °C (118.4 °F), and its lowest is −2 °C (28 °F).

Rain from the Bay of Bengal or the Arabian Sea branches of the southwest monsoon falls on Allahabad from June to September, supplying the city with most of its annual rainfall of 1,027 mm (40 in). The highest monthly rainfall total, 333 mm (13 in), occurs in August. The city receives 2,961 hours of sunshine per year, with maximum sunlight in May.

Do

  • Fun Gaon Amusement Water ParkKaushambi Road, Allahabad. 11:00 to 18:00.
  • Hear the azaan. Wake up at dawn and hear the azaan as the temple bells ring.
  • Take a dip at Sangam. Spiritual and refreshing. Sitting along the river banks and seeing the flowing water is also worth to be done. However sitting alone in aloof areas is risky for women and foreigners. Nagvasuki Ghat and Saraswati Ghat are suitable places for enjoying the serenity of river. Go at sunrise or after sunset to avoid crowds during Magh Mela.
  • Take a boat down the Yamuna. Always bargain for a good price, and for safety avoid wearing jewellery.
  • Walk in the Magh/Kumbh mela area. The days which are best to visit Allahabad falls in the Hindu month of ‘Magha’. A stroll in the make shift streets of Mela area is blissfully energizing. Be sure to keep a close watch on your purse/day-pack, not flash any cash or wear expensive jewellery to avoid being a target for theft.
  • Water sports in Yamuna. Various water sports can be enjoyed in the waters of Yamuna. Skiing, para-sailing, kayaking, canoeing, wind surfing enterprise, yachting boat, optimist sailing, water snookering, shallow water diving. Allahabad Boat Club is the organiser.

Learn

  • Astrology. Being a seat of leaning, Prayag is a hub of famous astrologists and Sanskrit Vidyapeeths(Institutes). Get your kundli evaluated and your problem solved by Indian astrology. Approach a ‘jyotishi’ if you have faith in soft sciences.

Buy

  • Guavas are best bought in winter. The red-spotted guavas available in plenty (and at unbelievably cheap prices) are a major attraction.
  • Mangoes in summer
  • Namkeens at LokNath, Chowk
  • Rasgulle. A type of gulaabjamun, ‘rasgulle’ (in vernacular language) are a speciality of Allahabadi cuisine. Some remarkable shops in city are near Madwapur Petrol Pump, in front of Kamla Nehru Hospital and Netram in Katra. Try to get the taste of rasgulla’s at Dadoli Canal (Pratapgarh Rd) and at Rewa Road.
  • Water from the Ganga. Small brass pots of water from the Ganga sealed with wax make a good souvenir, and are widely near Sangam

Eat

Allahabad is paradise for those who are made for taste. If you are in Allahabad, then do not forget to enjoy the Mughalai cuisine of North India.Out of innumerable spots for having delicacies of the North Indian cuisine, a mere glimpse is here. Loknath area of the city may be your favorite spot if you are foody and comfortable with hustle and bustle of ‘ilahabadi raunak’. Try chaat from the street side stalls.

Budget

Cheap eats can be found at Chowk bazaar, the historic city center. So take a bus and get off at Jawahar Square Chowk, then amble down the Loknath Line and tackle the stalls on both sides. This street is the heart of the historic city center as well as its stomach. The smells are unbelievable. Great eateries are reported below:

  • Nirala Misthan Bhandar60-B, Loknath, Chowk +91 9389066601. A Sweet Shop selling Sweets, Indian Chats and snacks like Dosa, Chole Bhature and chinese… All prepared in pure Deshi ghee.
  • Hari Ram & SonsLoknath, 16, Chowk, Rani Mandi +91 94546 99618. Salted food products all made of pure deshi ghee (Samosa, Dal Moth, Khatte Channa). This spot was the favorite of Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri
  • Rajaram Lassi Wala. for a refreshing glass of lassi with rabri, kulfi or burfi

In every area of the city there are options and variety for cheap foods. Below some tips:

  • The best crepes from rice batter and black lentils (Masala Dosa) are sold in the stalls around Motilal Nehru Medical College 3 main gate
  • Cheap ‘Dhaba style’ restaurants are located near the railway station. They are a good option for having a heavy Mughalai nosh-up. Try Milan Da Dhaba at Leader & Station Rd (+91 80049 22576).
  • Baati Chokha Near High Court
  • Chaat at Bahrana Triangle
  • Kachauri (spicy snacks with normal thali) at Katra Rd (University gate)
  • Enjoy ‘Paan’ – Indian mouth freshener, kiosks at every step in the city

Mid-range

  • Cafe Coffee Day (CCD)Shop No. 3-5, Elgin Road. Mon-SUN 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM. The Allahabad’ outlet of the Indian café chain. popularly known as CCD, A trendy hangout for teen/young people. Sandwiches, veg burgers, pastries, coffee & tea
  • Domino’s PizzaGround Floor, 31A/31, Plot No. QQ1, Sardar Patel Marg, Civil Lines +91 532 226 0752. 11AM–11PM. Veg Pizzas, Double Cheese Margherita, Mexican Green Wav, Veggie Paradise etc.
  • McDonald’sM G Marg. 10AM–11PM
  • The PatioStrachey Road, Civil Lines +91 532 256 0123. A multi Cuisine restaurant at the lobby floor of Kanha Shyam Hotel. Indian specialties are served at the second floor.
  • Sagar Ratna3/3, Hashimpur Road, Balson Crossing, Near Anand Bhawan, +91 532 329 0523. 10AM–11PM No rest day. Indian, Chinese, Continental, pizzas and pasta dishes in a simple, family-friendly restaurant.

Splurge

  • Cafe 186616 Tashkent Marg +91 532 2407835. The poolside restaurant at the Allahabad Regency Hotel serves local, continental and Chinese dishes.
  • El Chico24, M.G. Marg, Civil Lines. +91 532 2420075. A family run restaurant established in 1964 as a small Espresso Coffee outlet. With the passage of time El Chico has graduated into a reputed multi cuisine Restaurant, from Italian to Chinese and off course Indian. The restaurant at the first floor has a better ambiance. The pastry shop beside the restaurant is also good with daily baked cookies and French/Masala/garlic bread.
  • Connoisseur Restaurant49A, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Civil Lines +91 94508 48669. 9AM–8:30PM. Sunday closed. Continental cuisine, tasty non-veg dishes.
  • Khana Khazana13, Sardar Patel Marg, Civil Lines +91 532 226 0631. 6.30 am until 11 pm. Located at the Grand Continental lobby floor, the restaurant serves various cuisines such as Indian, South Indian, Tandoor, Continental and Chinese. Khana means food, Khazana means Treasury.

Drink

Pubs are very few. Glassy Junction at hotel Milan Palace, Civil Lines, is a good one to hang around on weekends. Another place that comes closest to being a pub is on the top floor of the Kanha Shyam hotel in Civil Lines. Some restaurants, like Hasty Tasty restaurant, Hotel Regency, and the Tourist Bungalow, all situated in Civil Lines, offer chilled beer and liquor. However, most other restaurants do not have liquor on their menu. Drinking in public is frowned upon, drinking in family restaurants is not allowed at all.

Sleep

Allahabad is the host of the largest gathering in the world and rich in hotels in almost every part of the city.Details of a few of them are here.

Budget

Various dharmshalas are available at negligible charges in old city. Daraganj and Kydganj have plenty of Dharmshalas which are freely available.

  • Hotel Kanha Shyam (Civil Lines), Strachey Road +91 532 256 0123. Check-in: 12:00 noon, check-out: 12:00 noon
  •  Royal HotelNawab Yusuf Rd (near Allahabad junction Train Junction),  2427201, e-mail: . Check-out: 12 noon. Used to be a royal stable but was converted into a hotel. Basic rooms reasonably spacious with bathrooms, hot water, it’s a bucket and scoop job. All in all, a lovely old building. Rs200-Rs700.

Mid-range

  •  Hotel Kohinoor10, Nurulla Road, +91 532-2655501 +91 93071 44330. Garden, Veg, non veg restaurant, 24 hour security staff & Video surveillance in hallways

Splurge

Stay safe

  • Power outages are frequent so be prepared and carry a flashlight. Alleys are hard to navigate during the day, and even harder at night, so always be prepared. Sometimes you might run into a cow in an alley.
  • Women should dress conservatively and be very careful as sexual assaults, such as random gropings, can be common. Don’t travel alone, especially in less populated areas.

Cope

  • Knowing some basic Hindi and/or Urdu will help, although you can manage with English.
  • Be prepared to haggle with cyclerickshaw pullers (the best means of transport), for a short trip the price should be about Rs50, autorickshaws slightly less.

Go next

  • Agra there is an overnight sleeper from Allahabad but it leaves at 11:15 at night and takes approx. 7 hours.
  • Chandauli – Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary (Chandraprabha)
  • Chitrakoot
  • Lucknow
  • Mirzapur – Vindham Falls
  • Nandan Kanan amusement park – Water park with pools and slides
  • Pratapgarh – Belha Devi Temple and multiple temples located in city of Pratapgarh
  • Rishabdev Tapasthali – Beautiful Jain Temples in Jusi, about 15 km from Allahabad city on the road toward Varanasi. The place has arrangements for stay and food. (Call +91-532-2567067, +91-9956260218)
  • Satna by train – and bus to Khajuraho
  • Tones river
  • Varanasi

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