Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh
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It is one of the holiest cities for Indians, where the three holy rivers, Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati, merge to form a Triveni Sangam. Of the three rivers, the former two have a physical existence, whereas the latter’s existence is mythical. As a tourist, you can observe the absolute reverence on display every day at Triveni Sangam by the devotees who visit yearlong. Prayagraj is famous for the Magh Mela (held every year), Kumbh Mela (held every 12 years), and Ardh Kumbh Mela (held 6 years after the Kumbh Mela). If you want to experience the power of India, the power of Sanathan Dharma, and the power of an ancient culture, then experience any one of these three, especially the Kumbh Mela. It is a civilisational experience that would humble any individual. The largest congregation of people at one time in one single place evokes spirituality, divinity, and the culture and tradition of a great land, India. Except for the monsoons, Prayagraj can be visited anytime. The holy city is about 220 kilometres away from Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. Prayagraj is well connected by rail route and has a domestic airport. The nearest international airport is at Lucknow.
Nearby Places to See
This sacred place is the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati rivers. Out of the three, Saraswati is only mentioned in myth. People would take a dip in the sangam’s water, hoping that doing so would purge them of their sins.
The museum which first opened in 1931, is regarded as one of the finest in all of northern India. It celebrates India’s rich history and cultural traditions while also documenting the country’s fight for independence. The museum is well-known for its extensive collection, which spans from the Middle Ages to the present day and includes paintings, sculptures, terracotta designs, and artefacts from ancient times.
Located at the confluence of the Ganges and the Yamuna is the Prayagraj Fort, which was originally built in the 7th century by King Harshavardhana of the Vardhana dynasty and expanded and fortified over the subsequent eight centuries. The fort is a popular attraction in Prayagraj, and many tourists make a point of visiting it.
The city of Prayagraj is home to the planetarium, where you can learn about the solar system and see how it functions. It opened in 1979, providing an excellent learning opportunity for young children and their guardians alike.
A place where visitors can see tombs built in stunning style. The three tombs of a Mughal king’s family stand in a row in a spacious garden.
This cathedral, constructed in the Gothic style in 1887 by the British colonial rulers of India, is a popular tourist destination.
Things to Buy
Things to buy include Religious items, Religious books, Handicrafts, Souvenirs.
Foods to Relish
Daal Baati Churma, Vegetarian Kebab, Makkhan Malai, Mix of Jalebi and Rabri (Sweet), Kachori Sabzi.