The sacred location at the confluence of three rivers is what makes Allahabad a special place near Varanasi. The confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati River has offered Allahabad cultural and political importance for nearly 3000 years now. Allahabad, also known as Prayag, became a major centre of the Independence Movement. Today, Allahabad is a prosperous province and its tree-line avenues and the congested old city offers a commendable contrast. There are a number of places that catches the attention of visitors in Allahabad. Allahabad Fort built in 1583 has a famed Ashokan pillar that was brought from Kaushambi. The eastern side of the fort is famed for the ‘Undying Banyan Tree’ called Akshaivata. Khusro Bagh, Anand Bhavan (ancestral home of India’s premier political dynasty, the Nehru-Gandhi family), Allahabad Museum, All Saint’s Cathedrala and the Kumbh Mela are the major highlights of Allahabad.
No doubt Varanasi is full of the innumerable ghats, but the Panchganga Ghat surely stands out. Believed to be the mythical meeting place of five sacred rivers, this place has images of the five goddesses namely Ganga, Yamuna, Saraswati, Dhutpapa, and Kirana. A lot of travelers stop by here to seek blessings and soak up some peaceful vibes of the place. extra info on Varanasi water sports.
Not everyone will consider this as a tourist spot. This is the cremation ground for Hindus. You can always spot glowing pyres in this region. Many earthen oil lamps will be left to flow on the river, as an offering. It is considered to be a sacred place on earth to be burnt to attain eternal salvation. The ghat is about 28 km away from the airport and just 3 km from railway station. You can find buses and other road transportation from the airport to the ghat. It would not take more than 35 minutes to reach the ghat from the airport.
A representative of the cruise operator has said that initially the charges would be around Rs 750 plus GST per passenger for the ride. “We are ready for the launch of this service. As soon as we get the go ahead we can start the service. We have timed both morning and evening cruises in a manner which leaves whole daytime free to the tourists for doing other activities or visiting other places of interest,” said Vikas Malviya, one of the directors of the Varanasi-based start-up venture Nordic Cruiseline told TOI.
Experience the best Cruise rides that run between Assi Ghat and Rajghat of Varanasi, covering around 12 kilometers with the sunrise. Named as Alaknanda-Kashi, the luxury cruise covers 2000 square foot area. Cruising Hours : 07.00 AM to 08.30 AM Reporting Time : 06.30 AM Reporting At : Alaknanda Jetty, Assi Ghat, Varanasi
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