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Allahabad Attractions

Tourist Attractions in Allahabad

There are various temples and some monuments belonging to the Muslim period in Allahabad like Akbar's Fort and Khusrau Bagh. There are also some buildings which belongs to the British period like the Alfred Park, Muir College or Allahabad University, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Holy Trinity Church, High Court and Minto Park. Sangam is the another famous attraction in Allahabad.

Akbar's Fort
The Akbar's fort was built by Akbar in 1584 which stands majestically at the confluence on the Yamuna river. It was the largest of his forts and has three massive gateways and 7 meters high brick walls. This fort is most impressive when you view it from the river. Most of the fort is not accessible to tourists and has an Ashoka Pillar and the Zenana Palace. The Ashoka Pillar was re-erected in the Akbar’s Fort on the order of

Minto Park Allahabad

Akbar and belongs to 232 BC. It was found lying on the ground of the fort in 1837 and was set up at the present site. The Ashoka’s inscriptions are inscribed on its polished 10.6 meters high sandstone shaft. Some inscriptions were later added by Emperor Samudragupta (A.D. 326-375). This is the only historical record of the great monarch’s life. Later, Mughal Emperor Jahangir added his own inscription on the pillar. A small door in the east wall of the fort, near the river, leads to the undying banyan tree which is believed to have existed for thousands of years.

Khusrau Bagh
The Khusrau Bagh contains the tomb of Prince Khusro, who was was murdered in 1615 by his own brother as he rebelled against his own father Jahangir. After staging an unsuccessful rebellion gainst his father Jahangir in 1607, Khusro spent the next year in chains. Two of his closest associates were less fortunate. They were sewn into the skins of a freshly slaughtered ox and ass, mounted the wrong way round on donkeys and paraded through the streets of Lahore. The hot sun dried the skins and one died from suffocation. Khusro was also forced to ride an elephant down a street lined with the heads of his supporters. When freed, Khusro underterred encouraged a plot to assassinate his father but was discovered. Khusrau was blinded, though he did regain partial sight and spent the rest of his life as a captive. Later, he was murdered by his own brother in 1615. The garden is a typical Mughal garden enclosure, entered through a 18 m high archway and houses the large, handsome tomb of Khusro. The burial chamber is undergrouond and the decoration is plasterwork painted with birds, flowers and Persian inscription. The tombs of his Rajput mother and sisters are located near by.

Sangam is situated at the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical underground Saraswati river. The sangam is a narrow spit of land where the rivers gently mingle and is quite shallow and muddy. At any time of day or year you will find here people bathing. Every year, thousands of people gather here for the pilgrimage and to have the sacred bath in its waters. But, during the Kumbh Mela, about millions of people gather here to have the sacred bath at the Sangam.


Anand Bhawan
Anand Bhawan is the place where the Nehru family lived and is now converted into a national monument. This home was given to the state by Indira Gandhi in 1970. This house contains many items belonging to the Motilal Nehru, the father of Jawaharlal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

Buildings from the British Period
Canning Town, opposite the Junction Railway Station, was laid out on a grid in the 1860. Within it are the Old High Court and Public Offices, classical style buildings built in 1870 and the 13th century Gothic style All Saint's Cathedral started in 1877. At the eastern end of the Civil Lines is Alfred Park, founded to commemorate the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh in 1870. North of the park is Muir College, built in 1874-1886 and regarded

Anand Bhawan Allahabad

as the fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. It was later established as the University of Allahabad. West of the College is the poorly designed Mayo Memorial College and west of the park is St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral and accompanying schools, all in the Italian style. The Holy Trinity Church contains memorials from the Gwalior Campaign and the Mutiny. The New High Court is Edwardian Baroque. West of the fort is Minto Park where the Royal Proclamation of the Assumption of Rule by the Crown (the Magna Carta of India' according to Curzon) was made in 1858.

Excursion from Allahabad

Kausambi is situated on NH2, about 45 kms. from Allahabad. The enormous ruins of Kausambi are spread through several villages. Kosam-Inam and Kosam-khiraj are the villages that carries names that still suggest their links with the ruins of the city of Kausam. According to the epics, Kausam was founded by a descendant of the Pandavas who left hastinapur when it was destroyed by the Udayana. It is also one of the earliest Historical cities of the region. According to Hiuen Tsang, the Buddha preached here and in commemoration of the event, there are two monasteries. Some excavations were also made here. Many coins and terracottas discovered here are now displayed in the Allahabad City museum and Kausambi Museum at the Allahabad University.

Bhita, about 2 km south of Yamuna and 22 km south west of Allahabad, was the site of a trading community well before 350 BC., the start of the Mauryan period. A series of mounds were excavated by Marshall in 1910-11. Brick structures belonging to five periods were identified but below these lies a series of occupational deposits which include Northern Brick Polished Ware, proving its very early historical origins.


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