About 7 km from Allahabad railway station, near Sangam, Allahabad, U.P. Right in heart of the city, Allahabad, U.P., India
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Allahabad Fort, built in 1583, by Mughal Emperor Akbar was one of the best garrisons of Mughal Empire. Presently the fort is occupied by the Indian Army, only part of it is open to the visitors. It is a must visit in Allahabad. The majestic fort has huge walls with three gateways and the outer wall is still in good shape and can be seen arising from the Yamuna riverbed, near the confluence site. There are high rising towers in the fort. It is a grand example of master craftsmanship of medieval India. It can be best appreciated from the boats on the river. The premises of the fort also houses a gigantic polished sandstone Ashoka Pillar, about 10.6 meters high, believed to have been constructed in 232 BC, which is of great significance for historians and archaeologists. Possibly this pillar was initially installed at village Kosam, now Kaushambi. Inscribed on this pillar are some royal edicts of Ashoka, description of victorious battles of Samudragupta, two brief monographs and an appeal to keep in order the memories of Jahangir’s coronation. Many visitors inscribed their names on it including Birbal, who visited this area in 1575 on the eve of Magh mela. Jodhabai Palace is another attraction of the fort. This palace shows the unique fusion of Hindu and Islamic architecture. Apart from this, there is Saraswati kund which is supposed to be the origin of famous but controversial mythical river Saraswati. This part of the fort is not open to public. Patalpuri Temple & Akshaya-vat (The Immortal banyan tree)- Patalpuri is an underground temple and one can reach it through a small door in the eastern wall of the fort. Akshaya Vat (the Immortal banyan tree) can be seen within the Patalpuri Temple area. The tree is routed in deep niche below which there is a deep hole that is supposed to lead to Triveni. This tree has also been mentioned about in various ancient scriptures, writings as well as in the travelogue of Hiuen Tsang, the famous Chinese traveler.