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Allahabad Fort

History

Allahabad Fort of Allahabad stands tall foretelling the legend of the past. The Mughal Emperor, Akbar built the Fort in 1583. Allahabad Fort is constructed on the banks of the river Yamuna and happens to be the largest Fort ever built by Akbar.

Presently, the Fort is under the authority of the Indian Army and only certain sections are open for the public. This gigantic Fort is popular for its monumental beauty. There are a number of palaces inside Allahabad Fort which were once occupied by the wives of the Emperor like; there is a 'Zenana' or harem, the Palace of Mariam-uz-Zamani and the ‘Jodhabai Palace’. Like the wives of Akbar, even these Palaces are a perfect fusion of the Hindu and Islamic architecture.

There is a ‘Saraswati kund’ which is supposed to be the origin of the mighty river Saraswati and there is the Patalpuri Temple. Allahabad Fort is at the location of the much revered Akshayavat or "immortal tree." Civilians are not allowed to see this tree but the tree can be seen from outside the southern wall of the Fort. There is also a Railway track built by the East India Company and a 10.6 meter tall Ashoka pillar with Persian inscription of Mughal Emperor Jahangir inscribed on it. This monumental divinity should be surely experienced!

Best time to visit

The best time to visit this place is from November to February due to pleasant weather.

Trivia

Legends say that if anyone jumps from the centuries-old Akshayavat tree, he will attain immortality.

Timing

The timings for visiting the Fort are from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm and the Fort is open on all days.


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