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.
Bilaspur is a city in the central Indian state of Chattisgarh and also happens to be the administrative headquarters of a district with the same name. The state capital, Raipur, is at a distance of 113 km. The vast Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a part of the district, is located at a distance of 78 km.
Places to Stay
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Hotel Anand (Tariff – Rs. 500), Hotel Shivnari (Tariff – Rs. 600), Hotel Deep (Tariff – Rs. 700), Hotel Raja (Tariff – Rs. 900) 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 and Diwali in November.
Places of Interest
Bilaspur as a city, however, will always keep you on your toes as a tourist. Some of the places which are worth a visit are Mahamaya Mandit in Ratanpur, Kanan Pendari Zoo, Mungeli Maa Mahamaya Mandir, Rani Sati Mandir, Amarkantak (a beautiful place from where the rivers Narmada and Son originate) and others. The Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary and Tiger Reserve, popularly known as ATR, located within the district’s limits at a distance of 78 km is a must-visit.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Raipur Airport at a distance of 128 km.
The city has its own railway station, the Bilaspur Junction Railway Station, which is one of the major stations in the area.
Mostly state transport buses cater to the needs of passengers in the region. A few smaller private operators are active too. You can book bus online from various bus booking websites