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Historical Places To See In Prayagraj

If you are in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, and plan to cover the important historical points in the area, here is everything you need to know about traveling in Prayagraj.
Historical Places To See In Prayagraj
Allahabad Fort, Patalpuri Tempel, Akshayavat
Anand Bhawan, Swaraj Bhawan & Nehru Planetarium
Khusro Bagh
Chandrashekhar Azad Park, Victoria Memorial & Allahabad Museum
All Saint’s Cathedral

Allahabad Fort, Patalpuri Tempel, Akshayavat –
The Mughal Emperor Akhbar erected Allahabad Fort in the 16th century. You may see it from quite a distance if you are enjoying a boat ride on the Sangam. The fort is surrounded by legends. According to legend, the fort was named Illahabas (God’s blessings), and it was this fort that gave Allahabad its name.

According to one account, the sandy ground hampered the construction of fort walls. For this, a Hindu priest dedicated his life, and Akhbar granted his successors the right to serve pilgrims at Sangam.

The fort is currently closed to the public. The fort is now occupied by the Indian Army and is closed to the public. Inside are Ashoka Pillar, one of Ashoka’s pillars with inscriptions from the 4th century, and Jehangir from the 17th century. It is also inaccessible to the general public.

Inside the fort, there is also a sacred tree known as Akshayvat. According to legend, Akhbar built the fort around it to prevent people from committing suicide in order to reach nirvana. The tree, however, is now located inside Patalpuri Temple, which is the only component of the fort that is open to the public.

If you’ve come this far, don’t miss this opportunity.

Anand Bhawan, Swaraj Bhawan & Nehru Planetarium –
Swaraj Bhavan: Swaraj Bhavan was the Nehru family’s first residence. However, when India’s Swaraj (independence) movement gained traction against British rule, the location became a popular gathering spot for Congress members. It was later donated to the cause by Congress. It now houses mementos and photographs from the Indian National Movement. It is open to the public and is free to visit.
Anand Bhavan: Anand Bhavan is another building that Motilal Nehru (father of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister) erected for himself and his family to relocate from Swaraj Bhavan. He personally oversaw the construction and furnished it with the most opulent furniture imported from Europe and China. The best items from that time period can still be found.

The furniture is made of exquisite wood, basic but attractive. There includes a large library, a carriage, and a gallery with a display of the Nehru family’s personal things. They also purchased Allahabad’s first car, a photograph of which hangs inside. It is important to note that this is not a palace, but rather the residence of the aristocracy from the pre-independence era.
The entrance fee for the ground floor is ₹20, $70 for both floors, and ₹200 for international nationals. Children under three feet tall are admitted free of charge. It is open from 10:00 a.m. to 05:30 p.m. on all weekdays except Monday.

Nehru Planetarium: For kids in Prayagraj, the Nehru Planetarium is as cool as it gets. The 3D digital sky show, which describes the solar system and the formation of the universe, is the main attraction. There is a show every 45 minutes, so you may purchase a ticket and still see the Swaraj Bhavan.

There’s also a documentary about the Chandrayaan project, a machine that can tell you your weight on Jupiter, and various 3D models that show how space works. Maybe not the best in the world, but I’d go back.
Everyone pays a fee of $60 to enter. Children under three feet tall are admitted free of charge. It is open from 10:00 a.m. to 05:15 p.m. on all weekdays except Monday. During the winter months (October to March), it closes at 4.30 p.m.

Khusro Bagh –
It is most likely the only spot in Prayagraj where you may experience Mughal architecture. It is a huge park in the heart of the city that serves as the final resting place for three significant members of the Mughal family.

One of the tombs is that of Man Bai or Shah Begum, Jehangir’s first wife. She was the mother of Khusrau, Jehangir’s first son who revolted against him in order to claim the throne before his father died. Jehangir overcame him and his soldiers, blinding him in preparation for the insurrection. Man Bai committed suicide after seeing the schism between his son and father. Khusrau’s and his sister’s tombs are also located here.

The park, as well as the monument, are clean and well-kept. People do, however, toss the trash in the area and vandalize structures by carving their names on them, which is unappealing. It’s definitely worth a visit.

The venue is open from 6 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. (7 p.m. on Sundays) and admission is free.

Chandrashekhar Azad Park, Victoria Memorial & Allahabad Museum –
Chandrashekhar Azad Park –
During British administration, Chandrashekhar Azad Park was known as Alfred Park, and Indians referred to it as Company Garden. During the nationalist movement, the British militia surrounded independence fighter, Chandrashekhar Azad, here. When he realized he couldn’t get out of the predicament any longer, he committed suicide. His sacrifice is commemorated by a memorial.

The garden is a popular spot for folks in Prayagraj to go for a walk. During the spring season, there are also flower shows. However, the location is particularly well-known among lovers. Couples can be seen hiding behind the bushes with scarves and umbrellas, seeking private time away from family and society, where such behavior is likely to be frowned upon.

The canopy of the Victoria Memorial, which is located in the middle of the park, is made of white Italian limestone. It was erected as a tribute to England’s Queen Victoria. It was later taken down due to anti-British feelings in the area. A wonderful example of the British’s love-hate relationship.

Victoria Memorial –
The canopy of the Victoria Memorial, which is located in the middle of the park, is made of white Italian limestone. It was erected as a tribute to England’s Queen Victoria. It was later taken down due to anti-British feelings in the area. A wonderful example of the British’s love-hate relationship.

Allahabad Museum –
The museum, which is located within the park, is one of the greatest in North India. Sculptures and paintings are among the historical treasures on display in numerous rooms. The sculptures were discovered in various locations of north India over various periods of time. There is information on each artifact right next to it.

It’s a fascinating location for history buffs. If museums aren’t your thing, you can skip both the park and the museum.
The museum costs 50 rupees for Indian nationals and 500 rupees for foreign visitors. From Tuesday through Sunday, the museum is open from 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Mondays are closed.

All Saint’s Cathedral –
The church is pure gothic in design and is an exceedingly gorgeous piece of architecture. The British constructed it in 1881. In fact, because it is located at the intersection of two significant highways in Prayagraj – MG Marg and SN Marg – you are likely to come across it while traveling.

The church’s exteriors and interiors are both intricate. The main hall has a high ceiling with European elements such as conical minarets, stained glass windows, and beautiful floral decorations, particularly over the entrance.
Everyone is welcome to participate. Every day of the week, from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., the cathedral is open.

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