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VISIT ALLAHABAD

GENERAL INFORMATION:

    How to reach     PCDA (P) Allahabad: The main mode of transportation in the city is cycle rickshaw. The distance and fare of cycle rickshaw for reaching PCDA (P) office is as under:

Allahabad Junction 6 Kms Rs.15
Rambagh Railway Station 9 Kms Rs.20
Daraganj Railway Station 9 Kms Rs.25
Prayagraj Railway Station 7 Kms Rs.20
Civil Lines Bus Stand 5 Kms Rs.15
Zero Road Bus Stand 8 Kms Rs.20

Shruti Pramanam, Smritayam Pramanam,

Pruanamapayanaparam Pramanam.

Yatrasti Ganga-Yamuna Pramanam,

Sa Tirtharajo Jayati Prayaga.

(Excepting Shrutis, Smritis and Puranas, where one finds evidence of confluence of Ganga and Yamuna, salutations to that Holy 'Tirtharaj Prayag').

[Shri Prayag Mahatamya Shatadhyai]

"THE CITY OF GOD: ALLAHABAD"

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The city of Allahabad is among the largest cities of Uttar Pradesh and is situated at the confluence of three rivers - Ganga, Yamuna and the invisible Saraswati. The meeting point is known as 'Triveni' and is especially sacred to Hindus. The earlier settlements of the Aryans were established in this city, then known as Prayag. Its sanctity is manifest by references to it in Purans, the Ramayan and the Mahabharata. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma, the creator God of the Trinity, chose a land on earth (i.e. Prayag) to perform 'Prakrista Yag', at the beginning of the creation and he also referred to it as 'Tirth Raj' or the 'King of all pilgrimage centres'. As per writing of 'Padam Puran' - "As the sun is amongst the moon and the moon amongst the stars, likewise 'Prayag' is best amongst all places of pilgrimage".

Emperor Akbar founded this city in 1575 AD by the name of 'Illahabas' which has now become modern Allahabad. The monarch realized its strategic importance as a waterway landmark in North India and also built a magnificent fort on the banks of holi 'Yamuna'. Allahabad today is an important city where history, culture and religion create a magical confluence, much like the sacred rivers that caress this blessed land. Due to its religious importance, many pilgrims come to Allahabad in the bathing season, the Hindu month of Magh (mid January to mid-february), to purify themselves. During this month, a great gathering and fair called Magh Mela takes place on the sands. Every 12th year when the waters are felt to be especially purifying, Allahabad holds a much greater festival called Kumbh Mela. Many millions of pilgrims attend this festival, coming from all over India. It is believed that bathing during Kumbh cures the bather of all sins and evils and grants the bather salvation.

In 1885, Mark Twain wrote about Allahabad Kumbh -"Pilgrims plodded for months in heat to get here, worn, poor and hungry, but sustained by unwavering faith".

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In January and February, 2001, Allahabad  hosted Kumbh Mela from 9th January to 21st Feb 2001. During this period, Allahabad became the most populated city of the world and over 30 million people from different parts of the world  participated in Kumbh Mela. Religious discourses, cultural activities and other events kept the people at large spell bound during this month long festival and viewed as the biggest spectacle of faith and symbolic of 'Jagat Kutumbkam' or 'Global village', wherein different cultures, different religions, different schools of thoughts came together and discussed and shared information and knowledge. It was an open University on religion.

Over the centuries, Allahabad has remained on the forefront of national importance - more so, during the days of the Indian Independence struggle. The chequered history of Allahabad with its religious, cultural and historical ethos also gave rise to several renowned scholars, poets, writers, thinkers, statesmen and leaders.

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PLACES OF INTEREST AT ALLAHABAD:

SANGAM:

The sacred Sangam is the confluence of three of the holiest rivers in Hindu mythology - Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. It is believed that it is at the Sangam, that a few drops of the nectar 'Amrit" spilled making its waters truly magical. Around 7 Kms. From Civil Lines,

overlooked by the eastern ramparts of the Allahabad fort, wide flood plains and muddy banks protrude towards the sacred Sangam. Pandas (Priests) perch on small platforms to perform puja and assist the devout in their rituals ablutions in the shallow water. Pilgrims come to offer pind for their deceased parents and make offerings of their ancestors. Boats at the Sangam, used by pilgrims and tourists alike, can be rented at the ghat immediately east of the fort, for a minimum rate of Rs. 12/- per head. The holy Sangam is the site for Annual Magh Mela/Ardh Kumbh/Kumbh Mela.

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ALLAHABAD FORT:

Built by Emperor Akbar in 1583 AD, the fort stands on the banks of the river Yamuna near the confluence site. Its distance from Civil Lines is about 8 kms. In its prime, the fort was unrivalled for its design, construction and craftsmanship. At present the fort is used by the Army and only a limited area is open to visitors. Visitors are allowed to see the Ashoka Pillar and Saraswati Koop, a well, said to be source of the Saraswati river and Jodhabai Palace. The Patalpuri temple is also here. So is the much revered Akshaya Vat or immortal Banyan tree.

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HANUMAN TEMPLE:

Near the Sangam, this temple is unique in North India, where the idol of Lord Hanuman which is about 20 ft. in length and 8 ft. in breadth can be seen in a reclining posture. When the Ganga is in spate, this temple gets submerged.

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SHANKAR VIMAN MANDAPAM:

130 ft. high with four floors, is near Hanuman temple. It has the idols of Kumaril Bhatt, Jagatguru Shankaracharya, Kamakshi Devi (with 51 Shaktipee- thas around), Yogsahastra, Sahastrayoga Linga (108 Shivas around).

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MANKAMESHWAR TEMPLE:

Situated near Saraswati Ghat, on the banks of river Yamuna, this is one of the famous Shiva temples of Allahabad and it comes under the jurisdiction of Jagat Guru Shankracharya.

MINTO PARK:

Situated near Saraswati ghat, it has a stone memorial with a four-lion symbol on top, the foundation of which was laid by Lord Minto in 1910.

ANAND BHAWAN:

The erstwhile ancestral home of the Nehru family. The Bhawan has witnessed several epoch - creating events of the freedom struggle. Today it has been turned into a fine museum that displays the memorabilia of the Nehru family.

* Visiting Hours: 9.30 A.M. to 5.00 P.M.

* Ticket - Rs. 5/- per head. * Phone: 600476.

* Closed on Mondays & Govt. holidays.

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SWARAJ BHAWAN:

The old Anand Bhawan, which in the year 1930 was donated to the Nation by Moti Lal Nehru, to be used as the headquarters of the Congress Committee. Late Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi was born here. Now-a-days, the Bhawan is used for teaching arts and crafts to children and a light and sound programme can also be witnessed in it.

* Four shows of light & sound are run from 10.00 AM, 1.30 PM 2.30 PM & 4.00 PM. * Ticket Rs. 5/- per head. * Closed on Mondays & Govt. holidays.

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JAWAHAR PLANETARIUM:

Situated beside Anand Bhawan. Can be visited for a celestial trip of the scientific kind. It's worth every moment.

* Five shows are run from 11.00 AM, 12.00 Noon 2.00 PM, 3.00 PM & 4.00 PM.

* Ticket - Rs. 10/- per head.*Phone: 600493.

ALLAHABAD UNIVERSITY:

Situated near Anand Bhawan. Founded in 1887, it is one of the most famous Universities of India. It has a sprawling campus, graced by fine buildings in Victorian and Islamic architectural styles. The Muir College is the science faculty of the Allahabad University. The Vijayanagram Hall of Muir College is known for its excelled Gothic architecture.

ALLAHABAD MUSEUM:

It has a good collection of sculptures, especially of the Gupta era and situated near Chandra Shekhar Azad Park.

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CHANDRA SHEKHAR AZAD PARK (Alfred Park):

The biggest park of Allahabad situated behind the Museum. It was formally known as Alfred Park. Huge statue of George V and Victoria were installed in the centre of it where police bands used to play occasionally. After independence this park has been renamed as Chandra Shekhar Azad Park and a bust statue of Azad has been erected where he died as a result of encounter with police during British period. In the centre of the park, a stadium named Mahmana Madan Mohan Malviya has been made where all important matches are played and sports organised. Public library has also been made in this park which has about 75,000 books, besides a treasure trove of manuscripts and journals.

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KHUSRO BAGH:

It is one of the Mughal Gardens, which was made by Jahangir in the memory of his beloved son Prince Khusro. The tomb of the prince was made in the centre of it. It is situated on G.T. Road near Allahabad Junction. Guava and mangoes of this garden are very famous.

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BHARADWAJ ASHRAM:

Situated opposite to Anand Bhawan. It is said that Lord Ram with his wife Sita and brother Lakshman stayed in this ashram during their Vanvas. Muni Bharadwaj ran the ashram on the bank of river Ganga during those days. A group of temples are now present there.

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ALL SAINTS CATHEDRAL (PATTHAR GIRJAGHAR):

Dedicated to the memory of people of all ages and places, who have kept their faith in the Almighty. This magnificent cathedral, designed by Sir William Emerson in 1870 and consecrated in 1887, is one of the finest cathedrals in Asia and is faced in white stone with red stone dressing. No one visiting the cathedral can fail to be impressed by the beauty of the marble altar with intricate inlay and mosaic work. It has some exceptional glass murals also. It is situated in Civil Lines.

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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE CITY:

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Area

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63.07 Sq. km.

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Altitude

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98 metres above sea level.

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Population

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10,22,365 (Urban, as per 1991 census)

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Best Season

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October to April

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Temperature

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Summer : 26.6 C to 41.1C
Winter : 9.1C to 29.0C

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Rainfall

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102.8 cms.

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Languages

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Hindi, Urdu and English.

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Local Transport

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Taxis, Buses, Rickshaws and Tongas.

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Festivals

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Magh Mela, Kumbh Mela and Dussehra.

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Geographical location

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25.28N - Latitude/ 81.52E - Longitude.

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STD-Code

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0532

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FOR A COMFORTABLE STAY AT ALLAHABAD:

Name of Hotels

Address

Phone Nos. (STD Code : 0532)

  • Hotel Allahabad Regency

16, Tashkent Marg

2601519 & 2601735
Fax: 2600450

  • Hotel Samrat

49-A/25-A, M.G. Marg, Civil Lines

2604869 & 2604879
Fax: 2603290

  • Hotel Yatrik

33, Sardar patel Marg, Civil Lines

2601509, 2601799 & 2601713.

  • Hotel Presidency

19-D, Sarojini Naidu Marg

2623308 & 2623309.
Fax: 2623897

  • Hotel Taoosi

31-A, Stanley Road

2600187.
Fax: 2622571

  • Hotel Finaro

8, Hastings Road

2622452
Fax: 2622218

  • Hotel Prayag

73, Noorullah Road

2604430 & 2606506

  • Mayur Guest House

10, Sardar Patel Marg,
Kohli Bhawan, Civil Lines

2624855 & 2603558

  • Royal Hotel

Civil Lines

2623285 & 2609733

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RESTAURANTS AT ALLAHABAD:

Name of Restaurants

Address

Phone Nos.

(STD Code : 0532)

  • Bar & Restaurant

(Tourist Bungalow, UPSTDC), 35 M.G. Marg, Civil Lines

2601440

  • Jade Garden

Hotel Tepso, Civil Lines

2623635

  • El Chico Restaurant

24, M.G. Marg, Civil Lines

2604931 & 2604294

  • Kwality Restaurant

26, M.G. Marg, Civil Lines

2461026
9415307585

  • The Bhoj

Yatrik Hotel, Civil Lines

2601713

  • Regency Caffee

Hotel Regency, Civil Lines

2601735

  • Vyanjan

Hotel Samrat, Civil Lines

2624955

  • Hot Stuff

Civil Lines

2622768

  • RR's Tradition

Civil Lines

2602337

  • Ginza

Jonstanganj

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  • Tandoor

Civil Lines

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  • Jevnar

Jonstonganj

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  • Purohit

Jonstonganj

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  • Rasoi

Prayag Hotel, Opp. Stn..

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TOURIST INFORMATION:

  • Govt. of U.P. Regional Tourist Office

Tourist Bungalow, 35, M.G. Marg, Civil Lines,

601873

TRAVEL AGENCIES:

  • Varuna Travel Agency

Maya Bazar, Civil Lines,

2624323 & 2623076

  • Pratap Travel Agency

50, Zero Road,

2602540 & 2607680

  • Krishna Travel Agency

936, Dara ganj,

2602832

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POST AND TELEGRAPH:

  • Head Post Office

S.N. Marg

2622766

  • Sub Post Office

Johnstonganj

2654341 & 2654929

HOSPITAL:

  • Northern Railway

Civil Lines

2624085

  • Dufferin Hospital

Nakhaskona

2651822

  • Swaroop Rani Nehru Hospital

M.G. Marg

2603782

  • Kamla Nehru Hospital

Tagore Town

2600469

  • T.B. Sapru Hospital

Stainley Road

2642687

  • Moti Lal Nehru Hospital

Colvin

2652141

  • Nazareth Hospital

Kamla Nehru Marg

2600430

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ACCESSIBILITY:
By Road:
Allahabad is on National Highways 2 and 27. Distances of some important cities from Allahabad are:

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Agra

0433 kms.

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Kanpur

0200 kms.

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Ahmedabad

1207 kms.

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Khajuraho

0294 kms.

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Ayodhya

0167 kms.

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Mumbai

1444 kms.

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Bhopal

0680 kms.

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Lucknow

0204 kms.

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Calcutta

0799 kms.

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Nagpur

0618 kms.

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Chennai

1790 kms.

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Patna

0368 kms.

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Chitrakoot

0137 kms.

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Trivandrum

2413 kms.

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Delhi

0643 kms.

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Udaipur

0956 kms.

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Hyderabad

1086 kms.

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Varanasi

0125 kms.

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Jaipur

0673 kms.

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Jhansi

0375 kms.

By Air: There is no direct air link to Allahabad. However, the near Airports are Varanasi (147 kms.) and Lucknow (210 kms.).

By Rail : The city has direct rail connections with important cities viz. Calcutta, Delhi, Patna, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Gwalior, Meerut, Lucknow, Kanpur and Varanasi. 

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Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions), Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad - 211014

Phone No. (0532)2622618,2622698, 2622699

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