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.
Lalitpur is a small town and a municipal board situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is widely known as ‘The City of Dams’ and is famous for its natural beauty. The place is also a rich storehouse of information for understanding the culture and history of the state as a whole. It is situated in close proximity to a number of historical places.
Places to Stay
There are a number of budget hotels available in and near Lalitpur. Some of them are Hotel Ambrosia and Hotel Tulsi (Tariff – Rs. 752) in Jhansi (96 km).
A number of languages are spoken by the locals in Lalitpur, including Hindi, Malvi, Sindhi, Gujarati, and English.
A number of festivals are celebrated in Lalitpur, such as the Khajuraho Festival of Dance which is held annually in February and March. Ganesh Chaturthi is also celebrated with great pomp and show in the area, in the months of August and September. Other major festivals are Diwali and Holi.
Places of Interest
Lalitpur offers a number of places to explore. These include Bada Mahal Gate (39 km), Jama Masjid (39 km), Rajghat Dam (24 km), Matateela Dam (75 km), Idgah Mosque (39 km), and Battisi Bavdi (39 km).
How to Get There
Lalitpur has its own airport by the same name with flights to Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.
Lalitpur is very well connected by rail, with a number of express trains stopping at the city.
A number of buses ply daily to the city from places including Delhi, Indore, Jaipur, Kanpur, Gwalior, and Jhansi. UPSRTC is the major bus operator in the area, known for providing an efficient service to tourists. Avail of bus ticket booking coupons through Ticketgoose.com and save your money when you travel.