About AllahabadA city with many dimensions, Allahabad sits near the sacred site of Triveni Sangam at the junction of the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers. While Allahabad hosts the annual Kumbh Mela pilgrimage every three years, it’s also known for its historic architecture, museums, cathedrals, parks and a family-friendly planetarium.
Things to do
A towering landmark of Allahabad, All Saints Cathedral has looming pillars, marble altars and stained-glass panels, while gardens overflow with lush flora and fauna built around a striking lantern tower. The Arnand Bhaw House is architecturally and politically significant, but is also cherished for the light and sound shows conducted four times a day.
Allahabad Museum sits within Chandrashekhar Azad Park and harbours one of the largest sculpture and terracotta collections in India. Dedicated galleries feature mementoes and artefacts relating to the life of Mahatma Gandhi and the struggle for freedom. Minto Park provides walking and cycling paths in natural surroundings.
Travelling with young family members? Jawahar Planetarium offers astronomy shows five times a day as well as exhibits, lectures and giant telescopes for viewing stars and planets. A favourite activity for kids is standing on the models of the moon and Jupiter to discover their weight in each atmosphere.
Many of the best restaurants in Allahabad serve both Indian and international cuisines. For a chance to try authentic Awadhi dishes, such as galuti kebab and mutton curries, snag a table at Tunday Kebabi.
Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport lies about 165 kilometres away in Varanasi. You can rent a car or use city buses and mini or micro cabs to get around.