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.
Gorakhpur is a city that is close to the India-Nepal border. It is located in Uttar Pradesh and is the administrative centre of the district by the same name. It is located 270 km away from the state capital of Lucknow. Home to various historical Buddhist sites, Gorakhpur is a major religious centre. The name of this city is derived from the ascetic saint Guru Gorakshnath, who popularised a form of yoga known as Hath Yoga.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Gorakhpur. Some of them are The Grand (Tariff – Rs. 4500), Hotel President (Tariff – Rs. 1500) Hotel Ganges Gorakhpur (Tariff – Rs. 1400) and Royal Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1350).
The official language of Gorakhpur is Hindi. Urdu and Bhojpuri are also spoken here.
Important festivals celebrated in Gorakhpur include Ram Navmi (March-April each year) and Muharram (November-December each year).
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Gorakhpur. Some of the places include Gorakhnath Temple, Leela Chitra Mandir, Suraj Kund, Vishnu Mandir, Rail Museum, Ramgarh Tal Lake and Bakhira Sanctuary (44 km from Gorakhpur).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Gorakhpur is the Gorakhpur Airport. It is located about 8 km away.
The city’s railway station serves as the headquarters of the North Eastern Railway. Direct trains connect major cities in India including Mumbai, Delhi, Agra, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Pune, Kolkata and Lucknow.
There are daily bus services to Lucknow, Varanasi (199 km from Gorakhpur), Kanpur (355 km), Patna (288 km) and Kathmandu, Nepal (352 km). Royal Travels, UPSRTC and New Shatabdi Bus Service are reliable bus operators in this region. In case you don’t have the time and energy to stand in bus counters, booking bus tickets online will help.