Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh
To feel the true rhythm of India's smaller communities, take a trip to Prayagraj or Allahabad. Although this region doesn't have world-renowned landmarks that draw in the masses, the people, history and religious significance of the land makes Prayagraj stand out. You'll notice a river confluence named Sangam just outside of this city. As multiple bodies of flowing water meet, this confluence may have influenced early settlers as a resource for transport, food and water. In fact, the Sangam is part of the Kumbh Mela, which is a collection of four sites that pilgrims visit for worshiping purposes. Prayagraj is a humble city, but when Hindu festivals are scheduled, it swells with believers who dip their bodies into the water for cleansing needs.
Prayagraj isn't known as a tourist town. With this fact in mind, you can immerse yourself in the local culture. Walk around the city to see historic buildings and speak to the locals about festivals of the past. Visit between festivals or during the big celebrations. You'll experience completely different sides of Prayagraj, depending on when you plan a trip. Hinduism influences this city and its people. Discover your faith, the city's history and more when you explore the streets within Prayagraj.