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Allahabad Travel Guide

In the heart of northern India, watered by the two sacred rivers of Ganga and Yamuna lies, the pilgrimage city of Allahabad. The two rivers along with the mythical river Saraswati meet in this holy city of Allahabad, creating the sangam (confluence), also known as the triveni (meeting of three rivers). Located on a strategic point in the heartland of India, Allahabad was also of great importance for the Mughal rulers and later the British.

In Allahabad, the British formally transferred the governance of India from the East India Company to the Crown. In the subsequent years of struggle for independence from colonial rule, Allahabad became one of the focal points of the freedom fighters. Home to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India, Allahabad witnessed many important landmarks in the freedom movement.

Sangam at Prayag(Allahabad) is at the confluence of river Yamuna and Ganga and is a sacred holy site for Hindus. Legend has it that is called Triveni Sangam because three rivers meet up here - the holy Ganga,Yamuna and mythical Saraswati which is believed to be flowing beneath the surface.

Allahabad is known for the red-spotted guavas available in plenty and at unbelievably cheap prices.


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