Prayagraj – The land of holy voyages

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According to Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma (the god of creation) chose a land on earth where three rivers would meet and named it the King of all pilgrimage centres or 'Tirth Raj'. And that place is Prayagraj, located at the confluence of the rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. Formerly known as Prayag (place of offerings), emperor Akbar named it 'Ilahabas' ('Garden of Allah'). It is the second oldest city in India and has been the centre of several important past and current events. Interestingly, Prayagraj houses the Nehru family's ancestral home Anand Bhawan that served as a headquarter during India's freedom struggle. The city is also one of the venues to host the famous Kumbh Mela. Moreover, some eminent personalities and national leaders like Amitabh Bachchan, Jawaharlal Nehru and Dhyan Chand belong to this city of holy voyages.

Best time to visit Prayagraj: To enjoy the best weather in Prayagraj, plan your travel from December to March.

Most spoken languages in Prayagraj:

Hindi

How to reach Prayagraj: 

Flights to Prayagraj: Bamrauli Airport is the nearest airport, located 12 km (30 to 45 minutes’ drive) from the city. IndiGo now provides direct connectivity between Prayagraj and Bengaluru. You can also reach Prayagraj by taking a flight to Varanasi or Lucknow and then travel by road using a cab or AC buses. IndiGo operates daily, non-stop flights between Lucknow and Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Goa, Dehradun, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Patna, Pune, Chennai, Sharjah, and more than 50 weekly, non-stop flights between Varanasi and Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur & Chennai.

By train: Prayagraj Junction is among the major ones in Northern India. It has a well-connected railway network with the major Indian cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Mumbai and many others.

By road: National Highway-2 passes through Prayagraj, and it is part of the Golden Quadrilateral. Hence, the city is well-connected with Delhi, Kolkata, Agra, Kanpur, Varanasi and Patna.

Getting around/local transport in Prayagraj: Cycle rickshaws are the most widely used and economical means of transportation here. Auto-rickshaws and e-rickshaws are the other popular modes to travel. Prayagraj also has a vast network of city buses connecting the city and its outskirts. App-based cab service providers are also accessible in the city.

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Places to visit in Prayagraj

 
  • Allahabad Fort or Akbar Fort: Built by Emperor Akbar in 1583, the fort stands as the testimony of history on the banks of Yamuna. It is a massive fort built by the mighty emperor and known for its construction, design and artistry. Within the fort, you must see the Ashoka Pillar that dates back to the 3rd century, the Zenana Palace and Saraswati Koop that is said to be the source of the Saraswati river. There is also a Patalpuri temple and Akshayvat tree, which have their relevance. Presently, the army uses a significant part of the fort, and only a limited portion is open for visitors.
  • Kumbh Mela: If you are visiting Prayagraj, you should try to visit during Kumbh Mela (at least once) to experience a gamut of faith. It is the largest peaceful gathering of pilgrims on earth, attended by almost 100 million people. With rich religious significance among Hindus, Kumbh Mela is held at one of the four venues Prayagraj, Nasik, Haridwar and Ujjain after every 12 years. Every year a smaller version of the fair known as Magh Mela is organised during the Hindu month of Magha (January or February). Apart from pilgrims, lots of photographers from across the world visit the fair to capture its essence. It is advised to book camps or hotels in advance to attend the Mela.
  • Khusro Bagh: This walled garden called Khusro Bagh is another top tourist spot. It has a great historical significance as the garden houses four crucial Mughal tombs. These belong to Prince Khusro, Emperor Jahangir’s son, Khusro’s mother Shah Begum, sister Nesa Begum and Jahangir’s first wife, Princess Sultan Nithar Begam. All the tombs are excellent examples of Mughal arts and architecture adorned with beautiful stone carvings and designs that tend to keep you awestruck.
  • All Saints Cathedral: All Saints Cathedral or Patthar Girja is another must-visit place in the city from the colonial era. It was designed by British architect, William Emerson who also designed Victoria Memorial in Kolkata. Known as the most beautiful structure in Prayagraj, this cathedral features Gothic architecture covered in red sandstone and white stone. However, the interiors are more beautiful than the exterior of the building.
  • Chandra Shekhar Azad Park or Alfred Park: It is the largest park in the city and holds an essential place in history. During the British era, the park was the site for official ceremonies. But it became popular at the time of Indian Freedom Struggle due to the famous encounter between Indian revolutionaries and British police. This park was the place where Chandra Shekhar Azad shot himself rather than surrendering to the British police.
  • Anand Bhawan: If you want to know more about the Indian Freedom Struggle then you a visit to Anand Bhawan is a must. It is the ancestral home of the Nehru family, and Indira Gandhi donated it to the Indian Government in 1970 and converted into a museum as per her order. The entire place is quite interesting as you get to see several items from the past such as the Nehru family’s possessions, family photographs and personal correspondence. You must have a look at Nehru’s bedroom and study along with a room where Mahatma Gandhi use to stay

Places to eat in Prayagraj

Eat On
Eat On

To taste the best non-vegetarian food, Eat On is must-visit. Located in Civil Lines, their menu offers best of Parathas, Kebabs and Chicken Biryani. A bite of mutton kebab will make you understand why this place is so popular. The food is cooked to its perfection and is reasonably priced

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Café El Chico
Café El Chico

Considered the best café in Prayagraj, it is known to serve food with perfection. This eating place is known for its coffee along with North Indian and Continental dishes. You must try their Veg Sizzlers, Chicken Puffs and Chicken Biryani

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Hira Halwai
Hira Halwai

It is one of the ideal places in the city to taste traditional Indian sweets and snacks. Though the shop opens quite early, you will always find it crowded. Don’t leave the place without eating their delicious Gulab Jamun

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Indian Coffee House
Indian Coffee House

This is a 50-year-old large coffee hall, perfect for a typical South Indian and budget breakfast. Their filtered coffee taste great, and they also have continental breakfast options like toast, eggs and omelettes.

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Dehati rasgullas
Dehati rasgullas

The shop is not about rasgullas as the name suggests instead it is about gulab jamuns. It’s a small street shop, but it’s almost always crowded. This place is known for the huge-sized Gulab Jamuns which you can’t miss while you are in the city

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Shopping in Prayagraj

High-end shopping/luxury shopping/shopping malls in Prayagraj

  • Atlantis Mall
  • P Square Mall
  • Vinayak City Centre

Street shopping in Prayagraj

You must buy items used for religious purposes such as sandalwood, incense stick, beads, vermilion and camphor from Prayagraj. Besides, you can also indulge in buying books, especially philosophy and spiritualism, as Prayagraj book publishers are very popular. Chowk, Katra and Civil Lines are the major shopping areas in the city. Besides, chikankari garments, mojri shoes, brass lamps should also be included on your shopping list.

  • Chowk:It’s a name of a locality having cultural and historical importance. The main attraction for the tourist here is the age-old bazaar selling everything, starting from exotic spices, sweets, ethnic wear and handicrafts.
  • Katra:A heaven for shopaholics, this marketplace offers all sorts and range of products, be it locally-made handicrafts or the items in the showroom or any international brand products.
  • Civil Lines: Known as Prayagraj’s central business district, it’s a modern, posh and developed region with well-planned roads and high-rise buildings. Therefore, here you can splurge on products from multinational manufacturers to international brands. Civil Lines also has stores selling ethnic products and handicrafts. This contrast makes the locality unique and a must-stop for everyone.

Nightlife/party places in Prayagraj

  • Patiyala Peg Bar:One of the most exciting bars in Prayagraj is Patiyala Peg Bar. You can enjoy live Ghazal performed from 7:30 to 10:30 pm while enjoying some beer and whisky.
  • Court View: Unwind your long day at another happening place in the town, Court View pub. With unique lighting and lively ambience, this place is going to lift your mood for the rest of the evening.
  • Celebrity Bar:Another happening place to relax your mind is the Celebrity Bar. Living up to its name with stylish décor and designer arrangements, this bar will make you feel like a celebrity. Try their array of drinks along with delicious mutton starters.
  • Cloud 9:If you are looking for a place in Prayagraj for having hookah, then you must head to Cloud 9. A dimly lit place with the most entertaining music and ambience. You can also dine in at this place with perfectly cooked dishes while enjoying flavoured hookah.
  • Hasty Tasty Bar and Restaurant:Get along with your favourite buddies and visit Hasty Tasty Bar and Restaurant to enjoy some lip-smacking snacks and colourful cocktails at pocket-friendly prices.
  • Fusion Bar:It is one of the favourite hangout places in Prayagraj. You need to sit back and relax on the wooden chair and enjoy your favourite drinks and delectable dishes.

Where to stay in Prayagraj

Kanha

Hotel Kanha Shyam Located centrally in the Civil Lines, this property is one of the finest hotels in Prayagraj. It features a swimming pool, a restaurant, a luxurious bar and a health club. It is an ideal place to hold conferences business meetings and any other social gatherings

HarshAnanda

Hotel Harsh Ananda If you are looking for a comfortable stay, close to the tourist attractions then Hotel Harsh Ananda is an ideal option. Equipped with all kinds of essential amenities, this hotel boasts of superb services like the 24-hour front desk, room service and travel desk.

PrayagInn

Hotel Prayag Inn The hotel is at a distance of 7 km from Bamrauli Airport which makes it ideal for business travellers. This pocket-friendly place features the latest amenities like an executive lounge, business centre along with 60 comfortable and well-designed accommodations.

Legend

The Legend Hotel Situated in a posh neighbourhood of Civil Lines, the hotel boasts of lush green lawn, elegant rooms and a superb location. It is best for leisure travellers and regular tourists.

More reasons to visit and top things to do in Prayagraj

Triveni Sangam

Your trip to Prayagraj is incomplete if you don’t take a dip in Triveni Sangam that refers to the confluence of the three sacred rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. Also, this is the place where the Kumbh Mela and Magh Mela takes place. You will be amazed to see how the three rivers maintain their identities in their different colours. Ganga water being clear, Yamuna water is green in colour, and Saraswati makes its presence felt underwater. Also, do take a boat ride in the evening at Sangam to experience the natural glory of the city.

If you think Prayagraj is only about spirituality, ghats and mela, then it’s time to change the perception a bit. Boat Club, Prayagraj Development Authority organises water sports and provides equipment for an array of water sports on the Yamuna, that includes kayaking, canoeing, parasailing, water snookering, yachting boat, single cylinder shallow water driving, joy-rafting with inflatable rubber boat as well as water-scootering facilities. So, if you don’t want to experience the religious aspect of the city, go on exploring the adventurous side.

Ganga Aarti

By sunset, the Ghats in Prayagraj come alive with holy chants and aarti, a regular ritual on the banks of River Ganga. The Ganga Aarti is a spectacular view to watch while getting yourself immersed in the holy spirits of the city.

Places to visit near Prayagraj

Chitrakoot

Justifying its name of ‘Hill of many wonders’, Chitrakoot lies amidst the Vindhyan range of mountains. The place has a great religious, historical and cultural significance and is an excellent getaway from Prayagraj.

Lucknow

The traditional city of Lucknow is now on the path of becoming a developed metro, but still, it hasn’t lost its old-world charm. With heritage monuments, traditional fabric and the best kababs in the world, Nawab City is one of the best weekend getaways.

Ayodhya

Being the birthplace of Lord Rama, it’s a landmark place in Hindu religion history. It’s an ideal place to get close and know about the relevance of the Hindu religion and culture.

One day travel guide/24 hours in Prayagraj

Although exploring this vibrant cultural city in a day is a tough choice, if you are just there for one day, here’s how you can make the most of it. First, do not try to fit everything in your one-day itinerary. Instead, try to cover the best locations in the city. Some of the landmark in Prayagraj that you shouldn’t miss are Triveni Sangam, Allahabad Fort, Asoka Pillar, All Saints Cathedral, Anand Bhawan and Khusro Bagh. Then, if you got any extra time, you could go shopping at Chowk or Katra location.

Festivals in Prayagraj

Dussehra

This is another time to visit the vibrant city. During Dussehra, you can enjoy ‘Ramleela’ in every corner of the city. You must watch Ramleela organised by Pattharchatti and Pajawa committee, and ‘Kali Dance’ at Daraganj. Amidst of all these, you can also witness Durga Puja celebrated by the Bengali community. Puja pandals of Jagat Taran college and Darbhanga colony are the best ones that showcase excellent craftsmanship.

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