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Cultural City Allahabad

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Prayagraj (old Name Allahabad) is noted for historic, cultural and religious tourism. Historic sites include Alfred Park, the Victoria and Thornhill Mayne Memorials, Minto Park, Allahabad Fort, the Ashoka Pillar and Khusro Bagh. Religious attractions include the Kumbh Mela, the Triveni Sangam (sacred in Shaktism) and All Saints Cathedral. The city hosts the Maha Kumbh Mela, the largest religious gathering in the world, every twelve years and the Ardh (half) Kumbh Mela every six years. Cultural attractions include the Allahabad Museum, the Jawahar Planetarium and the University of Allahabad.

It is a very important place in the Indian culture, The triveni sangam is a confluence of three rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. A bath here is said to wash away all of one's sins and free one from the cycle of rebirth. Here the muddy and pale-yellow waters of the Ganges merge with the blue waters of Yamuna. 
Khusro Bagh
Just opposite the Allahabad railway station, is one of the popular tourist destinations in Allahabad. The park holds a huge historical significance as it houses the tomb of Prince Khusro. Prince Khusro   was one of the sons of Emperor Jahangir.  this place is a beautiful park area, perfect for joggers and morning walkers. Four tombs identify the core of Khusro Bagh, all placed in a single line. Beauty is an understatement when the tombs are viewed in the morning dew and fresh sunlight. A must visit place to rejuvenate your senses. Prince Khusro was brutally executed in the war of succession. The facts state that during the fight of succession,  Prince Khurram, who was also the son of Jahangir eliminated Khusro. After that he wrested the power from his father as well.

Khusro Bagh

Fort of Akbar, Allahabad
The Allahabad Fort is the largest fort built by Akbar. In its prime, the fort was unrivalled for its design, construction and craftsmanship. This huge fort has three galleries flanked by high towers. At present, the fort is used by the army and only a limited area is open to visitors. The outer wall is intact and rises above the water's edge. Inside the fort there is the Zenana, Palace of Mariam-uz-Zamani and the 3rd century BCE Ashoka pillar. The Saraswati Koop, said to be the source of the Saraswati river, and the Patalpuri temple are also here.

Fort of Akbar, Allahabad

Allahabad Fort is the location of the much revered Akshayavat or "immortal tree". Legends say that if anyone jumps from this centuries-old banyan tree, he will attain immortality. Civilians are not allowed to see this tree. It is near the southern wall and is one among many trees that can be seen from outside the southern wall of the fort.  In 1798, the fort was captured by The East India Company. 


Allahabad Museum
The museum is situated on Kamla Nehru Road, within the historic Alfred Park, where freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad sacrificed his life. it is known for its rich collection and unique objects of art, and is funded by Ministry of Culture. Ancient sculpture from Mathura, Bhumra, Jamsot, Terracottas of Kausambi; Rajasthani Miniatures; Paintings of Nicholas Roerich and those of the Bengal School of Art, autobiography of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru; manuscripts of well-known Hindi authors, .32 bore Colt pistol of Chandra Shekhar Azad and the 'Gandhi Smrithi Vahan' are some unique items among the collection in the museum.The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday,

Alfred Park
Chandrasekhar Azad Park is a public park in Allahabad. Built in 1870 to mark Prince Alfred's visit to the city, with an area of 133 acres, it is the biggest park in Allahabad. It was renamed after freedom fighter Chandra Shekhar Azad, who sacrificed his life here, during the Indian independence struggle in 1931. Originally and still famously the park is known as Alfred Park.
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