For decades, Allahabad has been the intellectual and cultural center of Uttar Pradesh in North India. Replete with wide tree-lined avenues, a century-old University, and famed High Court, this peaceful city stands by one of the subcontinent’s mightiest rivers – the Ganges. It is also widely believed that the lost Saraswati River flows beneath the surface at the ancient site of the Triveni Sangam, just outside the city. Originally known as ‘Prayaga’, and renamed by Mughal Emperor Akbar, discover the Allahabad Fort built by the banks of the Ganges by the Emperor. Also of interest is Anand Bhavan, the ancestral home of India’s first premier Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, as well as numerous parks and museums. A hotbed of modern Hindi and Urdu literature, Allahabad plays host to various cultural events that showcase the heartland’s artistic talents. Down the centuries, it has also been the site of the grand Kumbh Mela held every 12 years.