Things you should not miss doing in Allahabad
6 months ago
Every place claims to serve out its best thing forward. Whenever you plan to visit a new city, the first thing you try to know about is what all things that place has to offer you so to make your trip more worthy and memorable.
Allahabad- the city of Sangam also holds many different things for a traveler. Let’s explore some things that a tourist should n’t miss while hopping in Allahabad
It is a handicraft and handlooms fair with many different stalls of food from different parts of the world. This fair organized mainly before and during winter from September to December on several gaps. This fair is one of the most favorite fairs of the people as it has stalls of many decorative items, handmade clothes, ornaments, chocolates, shoes, carpet, etc along with the cultural programs in which every kind of artist is allowed to take part.
Who doesn’t know about Kumbh mela? It is known to every Indian. This mela starts from mid-January and runs till March the first week. It takes place every twelve years in which millions of people gather to experience the holy program at Allahabad. The whole area around the river is decorated and thousands of tents are placed for the people coming from different parts of the world. All the sadhus of India from every akhada come here to spend their kalapavas. You must not skip any chance to attend this two-month festival as it is the holiest days which comes after a very long interval of time and it is said that those who take a dip at Sangam during all the major days of Kumbh and follows kalpavas by staying at the bank of river like saints attained moksha or salvation. No doubt this is said to be the world’s greatest religious gathering.
Chowk is a market place with hundreds of shops on roadsides and in narrow galleries. You will be able to find everything at this place from your favorite book to your favorite jewelry and that too in your budget. Even the street food is mouth-watering which you will definitely like to have after hours of shopping.
Loknath is Our former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri’s favorite place where they used to have their dear mini masala samosa. Even our other former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee kept coming to this food lane to have mooti choor ke laddoo. This place has its own aura with yellow old Havelis round and you will feel like you have stepped into the early 90s.
It is an old Bridge made on the instructions of Lord Curzon, thus it is also called as Lord Curzon Bridge. This Bridge was used for the trains to pass but now it is closed as it is not in use anymore. Young people visit here very often as they find this place very fascinating and perfect for clicking pictures. A scene from the movie “Shadi mei zaroor ana” is also shot here.
We highly recommend you to visit Allahabad during Holi festival as during holi at this place people gather from all over and a huge crowd plays Holi and dance on DJ from morning till the evening.
It is a pleasant ghat with less crowd and the whole place is surrounded by a river on right and farms on the left with few old houses and temples. It is a great place to spend time with your loved ones while having a short drive with a road covered with trees and enjoying the beauty of nature. You will mostly find students on the riverside enjoying themselves.
It is a hanging bridge on wires just like one in Kolkata. In the evening people come here to see the drowning sun in the river and to get some fresh air. Mostly people like to take selfies here.
It’s a dairy in Sam Higginbottom University that is famous for its quality ice cream and flavored milk. The dairy gives students practical knowledge about dairy farming.
Sophiya Lawrence is the famous beetle shop of Allahabad serving the best beetle or you can say ‘paan’. Every visitor is suggested to try it once. For its outstanding quality, it was even asked to serve in the famous TV show ‘Rakhi ka Swayamvar’.
The most delicious biryani of Allahabad is spooned out here. If you’re a biryani lover, you must have this. Eaton has a lot of rush for a reason, especially in the evening. But don’t plan for it on Tuesday cause you’ll find it closed.
It is a Dhaba found on the way towards M.P. This Dhaba provides you authentic food there are many other Dhaba with a similar name to gain customers but the original Baba Dhaba is in a proper village style and the food is served on a charpoy. The building is very old and will give you an old school vibe. Apart from food it also serves tea made of pure milk.
It is a perfect place to munch on in the early morning with jalebis and in the evening with spicy samosa. It gives quality snacks that even the politicians take out some time to enjoy.
You’ll find it in Behrana while going towards Ganga ghat, as the name suggests it serves quite big rasgullas in a desi handi style. These rasgullas are served fresh and are more big and spongy than our daily ones.
As this city is famous because of river Ganga, a boating club for the people is there offering boating. You can even see the fort near it.
It is a water park filled with different high and low slides for every age group along with multiple pools, wave pools, rain dance, food court. Along with that, there is a lot of swings to play with.
A place where the tomb of Mughal ruler Jahangir son Khusrau, daughter Nithar, and wife Shah Begum is placed. All three tombs are embellished with fine Persian art and painting from top to bottom along with calligraphy done on it. It is a perfect example of Mughals’ architecture and a must-visit place while traveling Allahabad.
ALL SAINTS CATHEDRAL
It is an old church built by the Britishers having circular boundaries. It is a sight of heritage made with thick cream color bricks and designed by fine red limestone and decorated with paintings on glass. Every Sunday people come here to pray and on Christmas, you’ll find it mesmerizing as it is covered with fairy lights blinking in the night marking its sight worth watching.
PICNIC AT SARASWATI GHAT
Sarawati Ghat is Everyone’s favorite picnic spot in Allahabad being along on riverside. The atmosphere here is so pleasant and joyful that you’ll feel relaxed and enjoy your time with your family. There’s a boat club near it so if you want to enjoy boating you can join there.
Allahabad Museum is a very old one made by the Britishers in 1931. It has a number of paintings along with some very rare Russian ones made by a famous painter Roerich. It also possesses a Smriti Vahan which was used to sprinkle the ashes of Mahatma Gandi on the pious land of Prayag. It also includes the original manuscript written by Jawaharlal Nehru “In and out of prison”.
Many theatre acts are shown at this place, people from different theatre school are invited here to show their talent among everyone.
It is situated near Anand Bhawan, this place is fun for kids, it has a total of 5 shows in a day in which you’ll be able to see the whole universe, constellation, solar system, sapt rishi Mandal, all through the projector.
It is a park having a lot of statues from the British empire and would enjoy the greenery around along with architecture worth watching.
Netram is a sweet shop in Katra which is not only known for its sweet but also for its kachori and dum aloo, keep it on the top of your list.
It is a place 18km far from main city and is a perfect destination for long drives. There’s a Lord Shiva Temple which is placed in the center of Yamuna river. Omkar movie was shot here.
Hanuman Mandir at civil lines is a place with a huge Hanuman idol along with two normal-sized idols of Lord Krishna and Goddess Saraswati. Additionally, there is a separate temple for Lord Shiva with multiple Shivlings. A gymnasium is also available for fitness lovers.