(Last Updated on : 25/01/2012)
Allahabad Fort is a magnificent fort built by Mughal Emperor Akbar
in the year 1583. It is situated on the banks of the holy confluence of Ganga
and mythical Saraswati Rivers. The architecture of the fort is splendid and glorious. It is the largest fort that Akbar built. The main attraction of the fort is its incomparable and intricate design, construction and craftsmanship.
This battalion fort is considered to be the best fort of intact Mughal Dynasty
. This huge castle has massive walls and three gateways edged by high towers. The much revered Akshayavat is there inside the fort. `Akshayavat` means immortal tree. As per the legends it is believed that if anyone jumps from the tree will attain immortality though it is prohibited for the general civilians. There are Zenana, Palace of Mariam-uz-Zamani, 3rd century BC Ashoka pillar, Patalpuri temple and Saraswati Koop (a well that is said to be the source of river Saraswati) inside the fort.
Currently the Allahabad Fort is occupied by the Indian Army
and a very small part is open for the visitors. In the fort there is one railway track that was made by the British East India Company
to use during the war. This track comes from Allahabad Railway Station.
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