Located at a distance of about 65 km from Allahabad on the left bank of River Ganges, in Pratapgarh district, U.P., India
How to reach
can be accessed by road via Allahabad-Lucknow road (SH-38) from Allahabad, and via NH-96 from Pratapgarh
Northern Railway Line connects Garhi Manikpur with other major cities of the state
Bamrauli Airport (Allahabad) about 80 km
There is a great controversy regarding the establishment of the town. The place is said to have been founded in 1638. The city still has some architectural remains which tell the history & reflect its glorious past. Following structures are present in Manikpur and its adjacent area:
1. Old Fort of Manikchand:
This old fort is about 4 km from the city, near Aliganj crossing of Garhi area and stands on a 36.5 mts. high steep cliff overhanging the River Ganges. The mound is covered with broken bricks. The discoveries, around this site, date it back to early Hindu period.
On the northern extremity of the mound of Fort of Manikchand (in Shahabad area), there is a small mosque, which is said to have been built by Emperor Shahjahan. The mosque is also known as Shahi Mosque.
3. Chihul Satun or Hall of Forty Pillars:
The monument was constructed by King Sayyad Abdul Quadir and is one of the important architectural remains of Manikpur, located in Shahabad area. The structure, built of stones brought from Fatehpur Sikiri, is not intact. Great portion of the building has disappeared but remaining structure gives the idea of its splendor. Stone carvings on the structure are deep & well defined and each of the overhanging corbel bears the text from Quaran. Major portion of the carving had been taken away by Asif-ud-dulla, Nawab of Awadh, to decorate his great Imambara of Lucknow. Besides these buildings, there are many mosques & temples scattered in Manikpur area. Satya Sai Kuti, (built in 1944, about 4 km from Aliganj crossing on the mound of the fort), Jwala Devi temple, mausoleum of Shah Husamal, the great Fakir, are worth mentioning.