Considered as one of the sacred cities of India, Allahabad is nourished by the spirituality of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers to give away a place of ancestral temples, monkey gods, and even naked monks. Yes, there is a lot to see in Allahabad, especially in 2019 full of surprises.
What to see in Allahabad
“Sangam” is the Sanskrit word that Hindus use to refer to the confluence of several rivers. And in the case of Allahabad, the city hosts the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, as well as the Saraswat subway. Mentioned on more than one occasion in the ancient scriptures, the Triveni Sangam becomes a haven of peace when dusk falls, locals gather to chat in the famous ghats and spirituality floods everything. Of course, it is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in all of India.
It is in this precious place where a gum-pink temple is erected, inside which a statue of the famous god Hanuman stands in a sleeping position. Considered one of the avatars of the god Shiva and faithful companion of Rama, a protagonist of the mythical epic Ramayana, the famous monkey-faced god becomes the main protagonist of this temple to which thousands of pilgrims come to ask for good wishes.
As if taken from a dream, Anand Bhavan is one of the most historic buildings of the twentieth century India as the place of residence of the two prime ministers of the country: Jawaharlal Nehru and his daughter Indira Gandhi. A house that evokes the Indian splendor inviting the visitor to get lost in its patio, the bedrooms where they show pictures of their inhabitants or the planetarium where meetings are still taking place. One of those places that you cannot miss when passing through Allahabad.
Fort of Allahabad
Built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1583, the fort Allahabad was originally built to prevent the suicide of different inhabitants on a nearby sacred fig tree. Converted into a place of obligatory passage for the ancient pilgrims who arrived looking for the Triveni Sangram, this majestic structure envelops the monuments of Allahabad, becoming the best viewpoint from which to lose sight of the Yamuna River.
Surrounded by walls, the Khusro Bagh houses three mausoleums where the remains of different Mughal members who lived in the city during the sixteenth and sixteenth centuries. Located a short distance from the famous Fort of Allahabad, this sanctuary is one of the most peaceful places in the city when it comes to walking, photographing the architecture of its three ships and disconnect from the bustle.
Enjoy the Kumbh Mela
There are many reasons to visit Allahabad in 2019, but the most important is the celebration of the famous Kumbh Mela, considered to be the largest pilgrimage in the world. Starting on January 15, thousands (and millions) of pilgrims from all over India will be immersed in the confluence of the Yamuna and the Ganges in order to cleanse their sins. A magical and purely Indian ritual in which the presence of those known as Shadus, penitent monks who initiate the totally naked fluvial immersion.