The Sangam City - Erstwhile Prayag - Allahabad
This is a great month in terms of catering to the taste buds and worst from view of health consciousness – and it’s not me to blame for any of the two. It is the marriage season for India and so I am attending such functions almost every weekend. While some of these are social obligations for being in the city with a lot of known ones, others are simply so special that you travel out of your city to attend them. This was one such trip which doubled up as an excursion around the Sangam City - Allahabad. Allahabad, previously known as Prayag, is a city of many talents. Apart from being of pivotal importance as a religious center, the city is home for many PMs of India and is center of political and judicial activism.
We started with our first stop at the Yamuna Bridge, a new cable stayed bridge built in 2004. The requirement of the bridge was evident for long time because of old Naini Bridge catering to most of the traffic and hence was over pressured. This new bridge in longest cable stayed bridge in India and has gradually grown into a major link between Allahabad and neighborhood town of Naini.
The last tourist location we covered was the Allahabad museum which displayed myriad of preserves from ancient time in the field of art, culture, architecture and politics. Old letters between political leaders and other sculptors’ preserves were on display. The 10 Rs entry ticket was definitely worth the display at the museum. We also passed through the Allahabad High Court on our way which is known for a number of high profile cases including one which set aside election of Indira Gandhi to Lok Sabha in 1975. We returned to the guest house after that and bid goodbyes.