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.
Mumbai is the capital city of Maharashtra and also the financial capital of India. It has many sobriquets like ‘The City of Dreams’ and ‘The city which never sleeps.’ The name ‘Mumbai’ is derived from Mumba or Maha-Amba, which is the name of the Goddess Mumbadevi and ‘Aai’ which in Marathi means Mother. The city was earlier known as Bombay, before being officially changed to Mumbai in 1995.
Budget Hotels in Mumbai
There are good budget hotels in the city of Mumbai. Some of these are the Eden Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 250 and 3 km from International Airport), Hotel Anjali Inn (Tariff – Rs. 970 and 7 km from Domestic Airport), and Hotel Good Luck (Tariff – Rs. 990 and 15 minutes from the International Airport).
The official language of Mumbai is Marathi. Other languages spoken here are English, Hindi, Gujarati as well as Urdu.
Events in Mumbai
Mumbai is well known for its night life. Occasions like the New Year celebrations are renowned. Major festivals like Diwali, Holi, Eid as well as Navratri are celebrated with great pomp and grandeur here.
Places to See in Mumbai
There are plenty of places to visit in Mumbai. Prominent among them are The Gateway of India (29 km from Airport), Marine Drive (28 km from airport), Bandra Bandstand (13 km from airport) among other places.
How to Get There
The Mumbai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the country. It has a domestic as well as international terminal. It is located 26 km from the southernmost part of the city, Colaba.
The three main railway terminals in Mumbai are Mumbai Central (9km from Colaba), Bandra Terminus (15 km from Colaba) and Victoria Terminus (3 km from Colaba).
Operators like Neeta Travels and Abhi Travels provide regular bus connectivity to Mumbai. TicketGoose.com offers online bus booking in India to travellers visiting more than 4,000 destinations.