Allahabad Fort

Open Time : 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Entry : free

Address : Allahabad Fort, Allahabad fort, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India

Why to visit Allahabad Fort

The Allahabad Fort was constructed in 1583, under the rule of Akbar, the Mughal Emperor. The building, which is well-known for being the greatest fort Akbar has ever constructed, is situated on the banks of the point where the rivers Ganga and Yamuna converge.

Only during the once every 12 years Kumbh Mela are visitors permitted within. However, the monument is a wonderful sight due to its architecture and hefty construction as it stands firmly on the banks of the two rivers' confluence.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is in charge of the Allahabad Fort, which is very important. The Akshayavat Tree (Banyan Tree), which according to mythology was used by the people to attempt suicide in order to achieve salvation, is another notable feature of the fort.

Entry is only permitted through a tiny gate to the area that the majestic tree occupies for people who wish to see the Akshayavat Tree. The Patalpuri Temple, which is supposed to house all the hellgates, is also located in Allahabad Fort.

The Allahabad Fort's architecture :-

• A magnificent palace, imposing walls, towers, a temple, and other structures make up the Allahabad Fort. The fort has three entrances for entry and exit. Hindu and Muslim artists have embellished the Palace's interior.

• A small opening in the fort's eastern wall provides entrance to the underground temple that is located inside the fort's grounds. 

• Additionally, there is a 10-meter-tall Ashoka Pillar with Emperor Jahangir's inscription that was built in 232 BC.

The legend of the Akshayavat Tree—

The Hindu mythology has a famous tree known as "Akshayavat," or "the indestructible tree." According to the legend surrounding the tree, Lord Narayana once received a request from a well-known sage to demonstrate his strength, at which point the Lord briefly flooded the entire planet.

The only tree that was above the sea during this time was the Akshayavat. It is regarded as indestructible as a result. The legend grew even more popular over time. According to some, Rama, Lakshan, and Sita slept beneath this tree during the Ramayana.

Another widely accepted local legend claims that Akbar attempted to burn down the tree during the fort's creation but was unsuccessful, which explains why the tree is still visibly present inside the fort.

People also used to jump from this tree into the water as a means of suicide for a very long time because they thought that doing so would bring them redemption.

FAQ on Allahabad Fort

What are the nearby attractions?

Minto Park (0.3 km), Triveni Sangam (2.5 km), and Allahabad Museum (1.2 km) are some of the surrounding sights.

What are the nearby eateries?

The closest restaurants to the fort are Friends Forever, Aryan Family's Delight, and Dominos Pizza, all of which are 0.4 kilometres away.

How is the Allahabad Fort accessible?

To travel to the fort, just about anywhere in the city will have access to a taxi or rickshaw. The Allahabad Jn Train Station, located 5 kilometres from Allahabad Fort, is the closest train station.

Special Tip

Since the Allahabad Fort is a military installation, you cannot enter it, but you are welcome to stroll through its grounds and check out the Ashoka Pillar, Patliputra Temple and more. However, the greatest way to admire its soaring towers, massive walls, and entrances is from a boat trip down the Yamuna waters.

By Mehrosh Shamim

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