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Allahabad Travel Allahabad is one of the renowned cities of Uttar Pradesh in India. It is the seventh most populated city in the state. The city's original name was Prayaga or "place of sacrifice", as the city is situated at the sacred union of the holy rivers Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati. The current name was given to the city by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1583. As the second oldest city in India, Allahabad plays a vital role in the Hindu scriptures. Interestingly, Allahabad is also known as the "City of Prime Ministers" as post independence 7 out of 13 prime minister of India belonged to Allahabad. Allahabad Tourism Allahabad is among the oldest and most important pilgrimage centers of India. The place has special sentiments attached for Hindus as well as Muslims. The city is said to be holy, as it is among the four main pilgrimage sites of the Hindus. Thus, the place is mainly famous for its religious tourism. Allahabad is famous for the Kumbh and Ardh Kumbh Melas held here every twelve and six years, respectively. During this time millions of devotees come to Allahabad and take a bath in Ganges to wash away all their sins. Allahabad is a very traditional city and is also a heritage site. There is an evident increase in the number of visitors visiting this city every year. Although the city's economy was built on tourism, its main revenue nowadays comes from real estate and financial services. Location Allahabad is located in the southern part of Uttar Pradesh and stands at the confluence of the rivers - Ganga and Yamuna. Allahabad has many suburbs and stands at a strategic point both geographically and culturally. It is located at around 202 km (125 mi) south-west of the state capital Lucknow. Tourist Places in Allahabad Allahabad Fort Triveni Sangam Khusrau Bagh Anand Bhavan Allahabad Museum Allahabad Planetarium Allahabad University Alopi Devi Mandir All Saints Cathedral Pratisthan Pur (Jhunsi) Someshwar Mahadev Temple Demographics State Uttar Pradesh District Allahabad Coordinates 25.45°N 81.85°E Elevation 98 meters (322 ft) Area 63.07 sq km Population 1,216,719 (As per Census 2011) Languages Spoken Hindi, English, Urdu Time Zone GMT/UTC + 05:30 Hour Pin Code 211001-18 STD Code +(91) 532