Allahabad, the metropolitan city in state of Uttar Pradesh, also known as Prayag (place of offerings), is the seventh most populous city in Uttar Pradesh. It plays the host to the largest religious gathering in the world, The Kumbh Mela, which is celebrated every twelve years.
Places to Stay
Allahabad has many budgeted hotels which are close to Allahabad Central Bus station (Civil Lines Bus stand) like Hotel U. R.(Tariff – Rs. 1400-1600), Hotel Santosh Palace(Tariff – Rs. 900-1200), Hotel Suncity – 1km (Tariff Rs. 1000-1300) and Hotel Raj &ndash (Tariff – Rs. 900-1100).
The Magh Mela, an annual and a holy affair for Hindus falls during the month of January. Dussehra is celebrated widely inAllahabad and occurs in the month of October.
Hindi is the official language of Allahabad. English is spoken too.
Places to Visit
The Allahabad fort, is a popular tourist attraction (6km from civil lines bus station). The gigantic Ashoka Pillar is 6km from Civil Lines bus station. Other famous places include The Hanuman Temple (1km from Civil Lines bus station) and The Jawahar Planetarium (5km from Civil Lines bus station).
How to Get There
The Bamrauli Airport of Allahabad is 12km from the city centre and offers domestic flights.
The Allahabad Junction (railway station) is 2km from the Civil Lines bus station. The other railway stations are Prayag Station (4km from Civil Lines bus station), Allahabad Junction (2km from railway station), and Daraganj Station (6km from Civil Lines bus station).
The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation operates buses from here to other major cities. The Allahabad Central Bus Station (Civil Lines Bus station) is the major bus stand, located at the city centre. Some famous bus operators are Ganpati Travels and Jai Shiv Shankar Teerath Yatra Co. Volvo bus is the most preferred choice of all travellers these days.
Fatehpur is a city in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The city also happens to be the headquarters of the district by the same name. The nearest major urban agglomeration close to the city is Kanpur at a distance of 81 km north-east. Leather-product enthusiasts will consider this place to be their mecca, as the region is a hub of this trade. Historically too, the area’s history dates back to the Vedic times.
Places to Stay
Kanpur offers a wide variety of good budget hotels. Some of the options you ought to try are Gaurav Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Natraj Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Krishna (Tariff – Rs. 890), Satyam Hotel & Restaurant (Tariff – Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of the area is Hindi.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti and Dusshera in September-October, Diwali in November and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
Most places of tourist attraction lie in the neighbouring city of Kanpur. Among the places which are worth visiting in the city are Allen Forest Zoo, Kherepati Temple, ISKON Temple, Massacre Ghat, Massacre Ghat, the Ganga river, Green Park Cricket Stadium, Kidwai Nagar Park, Phool Bagh, Brajendra Swaroop Park and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow at a distance of 120 km.
The nearest major railway station is the Kanpur Central Railway Station at a distance of 82 km.
Various state transport buses connect the city to different parts of the state as well as cities of neighbouring states such as Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi. Private buses are pretty active in the area too.