Travel Attractions in Allahabad

  
Allahabad Fort - This colossal fort built by Emperor Akbar in 1583 A.D stands on the banks of the Yamuna close to the confluence. The largest of Akbar's forts, it was matchless in its design and construction. Now used by the army, prior permission is needed for a visit except for a limited area open to visitors. The fort has huge walls and three gateways flanked by high towers. Inside the fort there is the Zenana (harem), and the 3rd century BC Ashoka pillar moved to the fort from Kausambi, Saraswati Koop, a well, said to be the source of the Saraswati river, Patalpuri, the underground temple and the much-revered Akshaya Vata or immortal Banyan tree within the temple. The Ashoka pillar standing 10.6 meters high has several decrees and a Persian inscription of Emperor Jahangir inscribed on it, celebrating his accession to the throne.

Anand Bhawan:- Anand Bhavan was the former ancestral home of the Nehru family. Donated to the Indian government in 1970 by Indira Gandhi, it was turned into a museum. The exhibits in the two-storied building seen through glass panels include personal items of Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India, Indira Gandhi (Prime Minister 1966-77, 1980-84) and her sons Sanjay Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi (Prime Minister 1984-1989). One can see the room where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay during his visits, Jawaharlal Nehru's   room   and   the   study  also. There   is   also   a   Jawahar

Anand Bhawan in Allahabad

Planetarium built in 1979 within the compound.

Allahabad Museum - Allahabad Museum located at Kamala Nehru Road inside Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, has 18 galleries housing a wide range of stone sculptures. The sculptures include 2nd BC pieces from Bharhut and Kausambi, 1st Century AD Kushana from Mathura, 4th-6th century Gupta and 11th century carvings from Khajuraho. It also has on display terracotta figurines from Kausambi, Rajasthani Miniatures, coins and paintings by Nicholas Roerich and artifacts donated by the Nehru family.

Quick Getaways Allahabad

Bhita - Situated 18 km from Allahabad on the Yamuna river. Excavations here have revealed the remains of an ancient walled city. There is a Museum which has on display stone and metal seals, coins and terracotta statues dating to the Gupta and Mauryan periods.

Garhwa - Situated 50 km from Allahabad in Garhwa there is a walled enclosure surrounding a group of ruins of temples where several inscriptions dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva can be seen. To the west of the ruins of the fort, there is a big tank known as Garhwa Tal. Some of the sculptures of the Gupta period found here have been shifted to the State Museum in Lucknow.

Kausambi - Kausambi earlier known as Kausam is located 63 km southwest of Allahabad on the way to Chitrakoot. This ancient Buddhist and Jain centre was the capital of the Vatsa king Udayana. Buddha has delivered several discourses in this historical city. Several terracotta figurines which were scattered here are now on display in the Allahabad Museum and the Kausambi Museum. The remains of an Ashoka pillar, a palace in ruins are of special archeological interest here. Another Ashokan pillar was removed to the Allahabad fort by the Mughals. Also to be seen here is a Digambar Jain temple.

Chitrakoot near Allahabad
Chitrakoot - Chitrakoot, 132 km from Allahabad, is a popular Hindu pilgrimage centre. Bathing ghats line the Mandakini river and there are over 30 temples in this town. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are believed to have taken their incarnations and Lord Ram has stayed here during his exile. There are many places of religious interest here, some of which include Kamadgiri, Ramghat, Janki Kund, Hanuman Dhara, Gupt Godavari, Sati Ansuiya Ashram.

Kara - Situated  69  km  from  Allahabad  on  the banks of Ganga, it is
famous for the holy Temple of Kara Devi (Shitala Devi). Once the provincial capital of Mughals, its ruins extend to 3.5 km along Ganga. Some other main attractions here are Kalehswar Mahadev Temple, Dargah of Khwaja Karak and Shivala Maharishi Ashram.

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