Allahabad built on a very ancient site of the Aryans formerly known as Prayag, is located at the junction of the holy rivers Ganga and the Yamuna. The Aryans are believed to be the first settlers of the city and coined the name Prayag which means the place of offering. It was Mughal Emperor Akbar who came up with the name “Illahabad” in 1575. With the entry of British East India Company in the region in 1765, the modern name “Allahabad” was coined and the city was made the capital of Awadh and United Province of Agra. This historically famous city was a centre of the Indian Independence movement and the home of the Nehru family. Kumbha Mela, the largest religious gathering in the world, is held here every 12 years at the confluence of the holy rivers and it attracts millions of Hindu devotees. Apart from it faith and religious devotions Allahabad, since the dawn of civilization in the region, has been a seat of education, wisdom and literature.
|Area||: 5482 sq.km|
|Population||: 5,959,798 (2011 census)|
|Season||: October to March|
|STD Code||: 0532|