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.
Faizabad is the administrative headquarters of the district by the same name in Uttar Pradesh. The city is situated on the banks of the Ghaghra River and was the old capital of the Awadh region. The earliest reference to Faizabad can be found in the mythological Hindu epic Ramayana. The city was a major city during the 1857 mutiny against British rule in India. Interestingly the town of Fyzabad, in Trinidad and Tobago, is named after Faizabad.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Faizabad. Some of them are Hotel Krishna Palace (Tariff – Rs. 1500), Abha Hotel and Hotel Shane Awadh.
The official language of Faizabad is Hindi. However, Urdu is spoken here as well.
Important festivals celebrated in Faizabad include Ram Navmi (March-April) and Muharram (November-December).
Places of Interest
Some places of tourist attraction in Faizabad include Shringi Rishi Ashram (35 km from Faizabad), Gulab Bari (2 km from Faizabad), Bahu Begum ka Maqbara, Military Temple and Rekabgunj (1 km from Faizabad).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Faizabad is at Lucknow. It is located about 143 km away from the city.
The railway stations at Faizabad has trains that connect directly with Kanpur (213 km), Allahabad (161 km), Varanasi (203 km) and Lucknow (127 km). There are also express trains to Kolkata and New Delhi from here.
There are daily bus services to Lucknow, Allahabad, Kanpur, Varanasi and New Delhi. UPSRTC is a reliable bus operator in this region. It is easy to get your tickets through Ticketgoose.com’s bus ticket online booking facility.