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.
Unnao is a city sandwiched between Lucknow and Kanpur. Because of its proximity to these two cities, it has several places of tourist interest. It is well connected by road and rail. Unnao has several swamps and lakes, thus getting the nickname of the City of Lakes.
Places to Stay
There are a few good budget hotels in Unnao like Katayayan Hotels Pvt Ltd (Tariff –Rs. 900), Vishal Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 900) and New Hotel Green Palace (Tariff –Rs. 1,000).
Awadhi and Hindi are widely spoken in Unnao. English is also spoken and understood here.
Holi in March-April, Dussera in September-October and Diwali in October-November are some of the major festivals celebrated here.
Places of Interest
As Unnao is located cloce to the cities of Lucknow and Kanpur, it has numerous places of interests. Some of them include Jajmau (17 km), Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary (28 km), Moti Jheel (29 km) and ISKCON Kanpur (31 km).
How to Get There
Kanpur Airport (19 km) is the nearest from the town.
Unnao is well connected to major cities through its railway network.
Buses are available from Delhi, Kanpur and Lucknow. New Shatabdi Bus Service other than the state-run buses cater to passengers travelling on this route. Avail of bus ticket offers from Ticketgoose.com when you book your tickets online.