Allahabad Fort
Allahabad Fort
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
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Feb 2024 • Friends
This massive fort has been around since the 16th century and built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar to defend the strategic confluence of the three rivers. The bastions are absolutely massive. As others have mentioned, this is a functioning military building and the opening hours are extremely restricted. You find a giant Indian flag flying over the fort. The area around the fort is busy with an endless array of stalls for visitors to the Hanuman Temple and Sangram.
Written February 23, 2024
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sichot
Kodaikanal, India1,611 contributions
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Aug 2014 • Friends
Allahabad Fort was built by Emperor Akbar in 1583 AD. The massive fort stands on the banks of the river Yamuna near the confluence with river Ganges. Praised for it’s architectural design, the Allahabad Fort is the largest fort constructed by Akbar. This fort has three magnificent galleries which are flanked by high towers. At present, the fort is used by the army and visitors have limited access to the area. The outer walls of the Allahabad Fort rises above the level of water.

Saraswati Koop is one of the most popular attractions located within the fort. It is said to be the source of the river Saraswati.. The Patalpuri temple and Akshaya Vat or immortal Banyan tree are also located inside the fort. In addition, the fort also has Ashoka Pillar which was built back in 232 B.C by Mauryan Empire. This gigantic pillar is a polished sandstone with an height of 10.6 metre. Visitors require a permit from the Ordnance Depot or the Tourist Office for visiting this Fort
Written September 2, 2014
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D Purushothaman P
Doha, Qatar172 contributions
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Oct 2012 • Family
A magnificent fort located at the Sangam of the Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, in Allahabad. This pristine fort was fabled to be originally built by Emperor Asoka, but later in 1583 repaired by the Mughal Emperor Akbar.

Since the mid-1800s, during the British East India Company times, it has become an Army Garrison, for stocking of munitions and served as an impregnable, dominating Headquarters of the local army unit. A seperate railway line to carry the warlike stores to this fort, was constructed by the British; with the intention of military domination and conquest of Central India from here. Till date the Indian Army occupies this fort, and it is popularly known as the Ordnance Depot Fort Allahabad. Therefore, there is limited access to the inner quarters of the fort.

The areas inaccessible for the public include, the Saraswati Kund the source of the river Saraswati, Jodhabai Palace and the Zenana. The very famous, Immortal Banyan Tree, mentioned in many scriptures and in Heung Tsang's travelogues, which is called in hindi, 'Akshaya Vatt' is located in the Patalpuri Temple complex, inside this fort. A 10.6 metre tall polished sandstone Asoka Pillar inscribed with royal edicts, dating back to 232 BC, when the original construction was supposed to have been done, is also seen inside this fort.

This fort witnesses a sea of humanity, and acts as the Command Centre during the Kumbh Melas, which always attracts lakhs of visitors, on the banks of the Sangam, in its immediate vicinity.

A must visit when in Allahabad.
Written August 23, 2013
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shree g
Pune339 contributions
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Nov 2014 • Family
The Allahabad Fort is just a stone's throw from the Sangam. So if visit the Sangam, you might as well visit the Allahabad Fort built by Emperor Akbar. Most of is used by the Army and hence closed to the public. It has the Akshay Vat, Saraswati Koop and Patalpuri Temple are in the precincts. Nothing to write home about.
Written November 2, 2014
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Sadiqe
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This Fort was built by Emperor Akbar in 1583.The fort stands on the banks of the Yamuna near the confluence with the river Ganges know as 'Sangam', a place of great religous importance. It is the largest fort built by Akbar. In its prime, the fort was unrivaled for its
design, construction and craftsmanship. This
huge fort has three galleries flanked by high
towers.At present is used by the army ( ORDANANCE DEPOT FORT) and only a
limited area is open to visitors. The outer wall
is intact and rises above the water's edge.
Inside the fort there is the Zenana, Palace of Mariam-uz-Zamani and the 3rd century BC Ashoka pillar and Saraswati Koop as well, said to be the source of the Saraswati river . The Patalpuri temple is also here. Allahabad Fort is the location of the much
revered Akshayavat or "immortal tree." Legends say that if anyone jumps from this centuries-old banyan tree he will attain immortality. Civilians are not allowed to see this tree. However this tree is aand is
one among many trees that can be seen from
outside the southern wall of the fort (from Naini Bridge as well as from boat rides in Ganga). In the fort one railway track comes from
Allahabad Railway Station. This railway track
was made by the East India Company to use during the war. This place is adjacent to Sangam and is well connected by city transport.
Written June 23, 2012
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Aditya A
Mukteshwar, India96 contributions
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Feb 2014 • Friends
Located right on the banks of river Yamuna.
The rampants overlook the sangam area.
Its a nicely maintained fort with lot of space around for walks inside.
Written November 12, 2014
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Pillayss
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India87 contributions
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Feb 2015 • Family
This fort is also known as Akbar's Fort. This is under the control of the Indian Army so one is not allowed to see the full fort but only those places which are of interest to the pilgrims. It is an experience to watch that.
Written March 29, 2015
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karikor kharkongor
Shillong, India2,908 contributions
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Dec 2012 • Friends
This Fort was constructed by the great Mughal Emperor, Akbar in the 16th century. It lies on the banks of the Yamuna just before reaching the Sangam. Only a limited portion is allowed for tourist to enter, since the fort is occupied by the defense forces. Has potential to be converted into a major tourist attraction.
Written November 1, 2013
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EnClair
Randers433 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
This is not a fort, but a temple.

First they ask for a donation to enter. Then you passes several stations, each demanding. The final one is almost funny. An old man wanted to give me a blessing. I refused, but he insisted while hitting me with a holy stick. I escaped, but this is a strange place.

It is possible to go through this without paying, but should I go again, I would bring a handful of small notes.

Interesting but also annoying experience.
Written March 16, 2018
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Ishan M
Hyderabad, India10 contributions
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Mar 2017 • Family
Generally one isn't allowed to stay at the fort as it is still under Army control but we were lucky enough to spend the Holi weekend there. The most impressive thing about the fort are it's walls. This draws your attention even while taking a boat ride on the Yamuna since it's right at the water's edge. Inside is no less impressive. First built by Akbar, it's the place where Jodhabai also stayed. The ghats and steps that she used to come down to the river still exist. The Akshay Vat which is mentioned in the Ramayan as a place where Ram and Laxman rested during their exile is also here - a massive peepal tree extending over the fort walls. There is a large three storeyed Rang Mahal built in the Mughal time. It's currently empty but consists of some painted walls, stone meshes and lovely arches. After the Mughals, the British took over and destroyed a lot of the minarets. They raised some of the buildings and built over it. A lot of the buildings currently in the fort are of the colonial British era giving a slight feel of Galle in Sri Lanka, except with no tourists at all. In fact one of the buildings even has an underground floor with Mughal arches and thick pillars giving credibility to the fact that the British buildings were built over existing Mughal ones. There is a Mughal water well, an Ashokan Pillar and interestingly enough a place where hangings used to take place, complete with hollow floors and rope.
The fort has an outer and an inner wall with a now dried up moat between it. Being part of the cantonment it is extremely green with a lot of trees and perfect for bird watching as well.
Written March 16, 2017
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