Allahabad is one of the oldest cities in India and is considered a holy place by the Hindus. Located in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, it is widely visited by pilgrims from across the globe. It is also known as “Prayag” where three sacred rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical river of Sarasvati meet at a point known as Sangam. Allahabad is also considered as the place where Lord Brahma offered his first sacrifice after creating the world.
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Allahabad is amongst the four holy cities where the Maha Kumbh Mela is celebrated after every 12 years. The Kumbh Mela at Prayag celebrated at Sangam - the confluence of the sacred rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati is the largest and considered to be holiest of the rest. The last Kumbh Mela at Prayag held in the year 2001 was estimated to be visited by 70 million devotees from all corners of the globe making it the largest religious gathering in the world.
The Ardh Kumbh Mela held at Prayag after six years of Maha Kumbh, attracts millions of people as well to take the holy bath. The last Ardh Kumbh Mela at Prayag was held in 2007. Magh Kumbh is an annual fair celebrated at Sangam in Prayag.
The next Maha Kumbh Mela at Prayag begins from January 27, 2013 and will last till February 25th 2013 and is expected to be visited by more than 100 million devotees. The main bathing date for Maha Kumbh 2013 is February 10th on the occasion of Mauni Amavasya
How to reach Allahabad
The Bamrauli Air Force Base used as Allahabad Airport is just 12kms away from the city. Domestic flights are available for limited cities from here. The other two nearest Airport from Allahabad are the Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport in Varanasi (150 Km) and Amausi International Airport in Lucknow (200 Km). These airports are connected to all the major Indian cities through domestic flights.
Allahabad is the head quarter of the North Central Railway Zone in India and trains are available for all the major Indian cities from here. All express and super-fast trains passing through Allahabad take a halt at Allahabad station. Cabs, rikshaws and local buses are available near the station to take you to your desired destination.
Allahabad located in the heartland of Indian plain is well connected to other cities through road. As many as four National Highways pass through Allahabad with NH-2 linking Delhi and Kolkata, NH-27 connecting Allahabad to Madhya Pradesh, NH-76 linking Allahabad to Rajasthan and the NH-96 connects to NH-28 and link Allahabad and Ayodhya.
इलाहाबाद कुंभ मेले के बारे में हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहां क्लिक करें