Events in Allahabad

Kumbh Mela - The Kumbh Mela, believed to be the biggest religious gathering on earth is held every 12 years on the banks of the 'Sangam'- the confluence of the three holy rivers of Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. The Mela alternates between Nasik, Allahabad, Ujjain and Haridwar every three years. The one celebrated at the Holy Sangam in Allahabad is the largest and holiest of them. It is attended by millions of devotees. A holy dip in the sacred waters is believed to cleanse the soul. The Sangam comes alive during Kumbh and Ardh  Kumbh  with  a  huge temporary community being set up on
Allahabad Kumbh Mela
the vacant land on the Allahabad side of the river.

Legends have it that the gods and the demons fought for a pot of nectar (Amrit Kumbh), the nectar of immortality. Lord Vishnu, disguised himself as an enchantress (Mohini), and seized the nectar from the demons. While fleeing from the evil ones, Lord Vishnu passed the nectar on to his winged mount, Garuda. The demons finally caught up with Garuda and in the ensuing struggle, a few drops of the precious nectar fell on Allahabad, Nasik, Haridwar and Ujjain. Since then, the Kumbh Mela has been held in all these places, alternatively, every 12 years.

Ardh Kumbh Mela and Magh Mela - The Ardh or half Kumbh is held every six years on the banks of Sangam. Second only to the Kumbh in sanctity, the Ardh Kumbh also attracts devouts in millions, from all over the world. In addition, Magh Mela is an annual event held at the Sangam

Dussehra - The festival of Dussehra celebrated in Allahabad is unique. During Dussehra, beautifully decorated Chowkis (tableau) are taken out from different localities, depicting various scenes from Indian mythology. Every Chowki is decorated tastefully and there is a competitive spirit in bringing out the most beautiful Chowki.

Getting There & Away

Cheap Flights to Allahabad The nearest airports are Varanasi, Kanpur and Lucknow.
Indian Railways Trains to Allahabad
The city has direct rail connections with important cities like Delhi, Calcutta, Patna, Gwalior, Meerut, Chennai, Mumbai, Varanasi and Guwahati.
Car Bus Service to Allahabad
Allahabad, on National Highway 2 and 27, is connected to the rest of the country by good, motorable all-weather roads.

Getting Around Allahabad

Taxis, cycles and auto rickshaws are the most common mode of transport within the city.
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