The Anand Bhavan
Anand Bhavan is a historic house museum in Allahabad, India focusing on the Nehru Family. It was constructed by Indian political leader Motilal Nehru in the 1930s to serve as the residence of the Nehru family when the original mansion Swaraj Bhavan (previously called Anand Bhavan) was transformed into the local headquarters of the Indian National Congress. Jawahar Planetarium, the planetarium is situated here, which has been striving to inculcate scientific temper among masses through its sky shows on astronomy and science.
The Allahabad Fort was built by Emperor Akbar in 1583 A.D. it stands on the banks of the Yamuna. In its prime, the fort was unmatched for its design, construction and artistry. This huge, majestic fort has three magnificent galleries edged by high towers. It is opened for the visitor and used by army only. The magnificent outer wall is intact and rises above the water’s edge. Visitors are allowed to see the Ashokan Pillar and Saraswati Koop, a well said to be the source of the Saraswati river and Jodhabai Palace. The gigantic Ashoka pillar of polished sandstone stands 10.6 meters high, dating back to 232 B.C. The pillar has several edicts and a Persian inscription of Emperor Jahangir in scripted on it, commemorating his accession to the throne.
Shringverpur is a must visit excursion destination around Allahabad. It is a place 45 km from Allahabad on Lucknow road. According to local folklore, it was at this place that Rama crossed the river Ganges on his way to exile along with Sita and Lakshmana. Shringverpur is an otherwise sleepy village that is gaining prominence slowly and steadily. Though, the place has been mentioned at length in the epic Ramayana. Shringverpur is mentioned as the capital of the famous kingdom of Nishadraj or the ‘King of Fishermen’. The excavation works that were carried out in Shringverpur have revealed a temple of Shringi Rishi. It is widely believed that the city got its name from that sage itself. Nevertheless, the village is more famous as the capital of Nishadraja. Ramayana mentions that Lord Rama, his brother Lakshman and consort Sita stayed for a night in the village before going to the forest on exile. It is said boatmen refused to let them cross the river. Nishadraj himself visited the site where Lord Rama was putting in to resolve the issue. He offered to give them way if Lord Rama let him wash his feet. The permission was granted and it is mentioned that Nishadraj washed the feet of Rama with the water of Ganges and drank it to show his reverence towards him. The place where Nishadraja washed Ram’s feet has been marked by a platform. It has been named ‘Ramchura’ in order to suffice the incident. There is a small temple too that is built on the site. Though the temple doesn’t have any historical or cultural value attached to it, the place itself is very serene.
All Saint’s Cathedral
All Saints Cathedral in Allahabad was built in the late 19th century and today stands remarkably as a colonial structure. The intricate work and designs on the marble altar and the stained glass panel with the grand pulpit along with its arches in pale sandstone makes the building more attractive. The Anglican Church has a Gothic style of architecture, which makes it a major tourist attraction in Allahabad. All Saints Cathedral Church is also referred to as “Patthar Girja” (Stone Church). This landmark was designed by the British architect Sir William Emerson, in the year 1870. The church is located at the Sarojini Naidu Marg, Civil Lines, Allahabad, and is open only on Sundays from dawn to dusk.
A walled garden that contains four important Mughal tombs built in the 17th century. This emerald garden complex has a rich history. One of the tombs belong to Prince Khusro who was the eldest son of Jahangir. Another one belongs to Khusro’s mother Shah Begum. The third tomb was constructed by Khusro’s sister Nesa Begum is beautiful to look at with multiple artistic carvings over it but remains empty. The last one which is smaller is known as Tamerlan’s tomb and remains a secret. The artistic beauty of the place leaves the visitors awestruck. The beautiful arches, domes and chhatris are worth the time and admiration. It is located in Lukarganj, Allahabad which is one of the main areas in the city, close to the Allahabad junction station.
Ulta Kila is in the Jhunsi area 14 kms away from Allahabad. The Name Ulta Kila was derived out of a story about a King named King Haribong who ruled Jhunsi. The King was said to be a man without a virtue and his decisions always resulted in a loss to the people of his town. One day he gave something wrong to a saint to eat, the saint cursed him that a star would fall on his fort, which would turn it upside down. Thus, by the orders of the Saint Ali Murtaza, the Mirrikh star fell on this fort and since then the fort is upside down.