Varanasi to Allahabad Road Trip – Distance, Time and Useful Travel Information

Allahabad, one of the largest and oldest cities of Uttar Pradesh, was originally known as Prayagraj (also Prayag or Illahabad or Kaushambi by the Kuru rulers). It is, in fact, in this city that the three main holy rivers meet – the Ganga, the Saraswati, and the Yamuna. The place where they meet is called Triveni Sangam and the word ‘Prayag’ means ‘a place of sacrifice or offering’. This city finds its place in Hindu scriptures and is still the focal point of major religious ceremonies like the Kumbh Mela – the largest human gathering in history, which is held once every 12 years.

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Why travel from Varanasi to Allahabad?

While the Sangam city is often passed over for more travel-friendly cities, there is a lot to Allahabad besides just its religion. The city offers an amazing glimpse into the history and culture of the region. When you take a road trip from Varanasi to Allahabad, you can enhance your experience by enjoying everything that lies on the way. With Savaari’s Varanasi cab service, you can turn your drive into a fun-filled journey and also customize the trip to your liking, travel time, and budget.

Varanasi to Allahabad Road trip

Traveling from Varanasi to Allahabad by car

When you travel from Varanasi to Allahabad by car, you can be ready for a fascinating drive. From the ancient town to the beautiful city, the road from Varanasi to Allahabad is dotted with several nature hotspots, historical monuments, interesting viewing points, and more. With our completely customizable Varanasi to Allahabad trip packages, you can stop at any of these places and do a quick sightseeing. Let us help you discover the best routes to travel from Varanasi to Allahabad by car.

Varanasi to Allahabad Road trip

Best Time To Visit

October to March are the best months to plan a road trip from Varanasi to Allahabad. Magh Mela typically happens in the month of mid-January – early March (according to Hindu Calendar), and this is the time when thousands of people flock to the town to take a dip in holy Sangam. However, the Maha Kumbh happens only once in 12 years during the same months, and should not be missed. Although Allahabad is accessible throughout the year and tourist sites are also always open, summer (April-June) temperatures can get uncomfortably high, and it is best to avoid this time. During the monsoon (July-September), the Ghats may not be accessible, and there are restrictions on people bathing in the river so this time too is not ideal. You can opt for a car rental service in Varanasi to have a hassle-free journey.

Popular Routes from Varanasi to Allahabad

Route 1: Varanasi to Allahabad Distance via NH 19

This is the shortest and the best route to travel between Varanasi and Allahabad. It is also the fastest because the Varanasi and Allahabad traffic on this route is regular and there are no road closures. The distance between Varanasi and Allahabad on this route is somewhere around 121 KM and takes about 3 hours. Always check live maps and instant traffic updates for the latest information on Varanasi and Allahabad road conditions.

Here’s the basic route map from Varanasi and Allahabad:

Varanasi — Mohansarai — Gopiganj — Andawa — Jhusi — Allahabad
Varanasi to Allahabad route 1

Popular sights/monuments along this route

  • Bhagwani Chitra Mandir – Relive the bygone days by catching up on a movie in this single screen cinema hall. Quite famous among the localities, this place is a hit for recent Bollywood and regional movie screenings.
  • Sitamarhi, Handia – This is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Handia. It is believed to be the site from where Goddess Sita entered earth. 
  • Shri Rishabhdev Bhagwan Tapasthali Jain Mandir, Andawa – This exceptionally beautiful and well-crafted temple is one of the many Jain temples of Allahabad city. The temple houses a black stone idol and is dedicated to Jain Tirthankar Adinath.
  • Ulta Qila, Jhusi – Ulta Qila is a place with legends and folktales. The name Ulta Kila comes from a story about a King named King Haribong who ruled Jhansi. The King was a man without virtue and his decisions always caused great losses. One day, he insulted a saint, who cursed him saying that a star would fall on his fort, turning it upside down. Thus, by the curse of Saint Ali Murtaza, the Mirrikh star fell on this fort and since then the fort has been upside down. 
  • Triveni Sangam, Jhusi – Stop by at the holiest site for Hindus – The Triveni Sangam, This is where you see the confluence of the three rivers- the Yamuna, Ganga and the mythological river Saraswati. The peace and tranquility of the vast water body, the beautiful cloudless sky, and the mix of green and white water is a sight worth stopping for.
  • Prayagraj Fort, Allahabad- Built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th Century, the Prayagraj Fort stands right over the edge of Sangam. This massive structure is out of bounds for the most part, but a temple in the underground part of the fort is open to visitors.
Prayagraj Fort, Allahabad
Prayagraj Fort, Allahabad

Places to eat along the way: 

  • Sri Ramu Sweets and Dosa Corner, Handia – This place is frequented by locals and regular travelers for their buttery dosas and piping hot rice cakes served with sambhar. Their South Indian dishes are quite a hit.  
  • Naivedhyam Vegetarian Restaurant, Andawa – For a meal of Vegetarian food, stop at this restaurant which is right opposite to the Jain Mandir. Quite famous for its vegetarian dishes, the pilgrims who visit the temple like to stop here for some refreshments.
  • Tandoori Night Mughlai Restaurant, Jhusi – For a meal of good Mughlai food, Tandoori Night is a fairly decent option. With good food and amazing kebabs, this is frequented by regulars. Their Chicken Tikka Masala kebabs are quite a hit. 

Varanasi to Allahabad Road Condition via Route 1:

This is the fastest route to travel from Varanasi to Allahabad and is used by most travelers. This route has standard highway tolls and the road conditions are good since there are no road closures.

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Other means of traveling from Varanasi to Allahabad

By Train

There are many trains that run between the two cities. On a daily basis, 11 trains run between Varanasi and Allahabad. 12382 Poorva Express is the fastest train that will take you from Varanasi to Allahabad in about 3 and a half hours. For updated train timings for Varanasi to Allahabad, visit IRCTC and follow their latest timetable. 

By Flight

There are multiple flights available between Varanasi and Allahabad. Although there are no direct flights to these two destinations, more than 5 airlines connect Allahabad and Varanasi by air. The nearest airport in Varanasi is Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, located at Babatpur, 26 km northwest of Varanasi. Allahabad is served by Prayagraj Airport, located in Bamrauli, 12 km from Allahabad city. 

The ticket prices for Varanasi to Allahabad flights can range from Rs. 7,000 to Rs. 10,000 and the flight can take between nineteen to twenty three hours, depending on the layovers, since there are no direct flights. For your Varanasi to Allahabad flight bookings, visit any online travel portal or check with the airline’s direct website.

You can hire a reliable Allahabad airport taxi for a convenient ride to your hotel in the town.

Explore Allahabad like a Local – A Handy Guide 

Prayag or Prayagraj had been the ancient name of the city of Allahabad. Pra means “first” and Yag means “devotion”. Prayag also signifies the coming together of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. After the Mughal invasion, Emperor Akbar, impressed by the location, named the city Ilahabas which meant “Abode of God”. Emperor Shah Jahan, his grandson, renamed the city to Allahabad. 

This important destination in Uttar Pradesh has seen days of political, cultural and administrative influence from the time when it was the capital of Kuru rulers of Hastinapur, so you see Allahabad’s rich history does hold a power to captivate tourists on their visit. The city is popular as a venue for Kumbh Mela and for housing edifices like the Allahabad Fort, Allahabad University, and Anand Bhawan which is the ancestral home of the Nehru Family. In fact, the city is not just the home of the Nehru family but 13 other Prime Ministers of India! Keep reading to find out the very best of the city so that you do not miss anything worth experiencing.

Attractions for Sightseeing in Allahabad

One of the top places to visit in Allahabad, if you’re spiritually inclined (and even if you’re not because this place deserves a visit), Triveni Sangam is a place bustling with tourists and locals all year round. People can easily differentiate between the rivers as they maintain their original colours and this convergence point is considered as an auspicious junction as according to the Hindus, a bath here will help them wash away their sins and free them from the cycle of rebirth. This place is also super crowded during the religious festival- Kumbh Mela.

The Allahabad Fort is another monument of historical significance and is a heritage site recognized by UNESCO. Built during the reign of Akbar, this fort is also a fine example of the curation and craftsmanship of the Mughal era. 

Also famous as the church of stones or Patthar Girja, All Saints Cathedral is a must-visit location in Allahabad. It is an astonishing marvel and one of those Gothic-style churches which was built by the British. Sir William Emerson was the person behind the architecture of this cathedral who also built the Victoria Memorial in Kolkata. While you visit here, the magnificent carvings and glass work here will surely catch your attention. Apart from this, the peace you’ll feel here is hard to express through words.

Other popular places to visit in Allahabad include the Anand Bhavan, Chandra Shekhar Azad Park, and Allahabad Museum. 

Savaari Recommends: Popular Places to eat in Allahabad 

The holy land and the city of pilgrims and pilgrimages, Allahabad is undoubtedly among the top places to visit in India. This holy mecca is also a major dining destination, especially to enjoy the Mughalai cuisine of North India, though there’s a surprising number of North American-style burger joints as well. From tempting thalis to sinful sundaes, these are some of the best places to enjoy good food in Allahabad – 

  1. Lassi at Raja Ram Lassi Waalaa
  2. The Biryani at Eat on
  3. Chaat at Nirala
  4. Kachori and Sabzi at Netram Mulchand and Sons
  5. Chhole Samose at Sainik
  6. Dahi Bhalla at Kamdhenu
  7. Gulab Jamuns at Hira Halwai

Hotels and Resorts – Accommodation in Allahabad 

Hotel NameAddress
The Legend Hotel23C, Thornhill Road, Civil Lines, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh 211001 PH: 070803 05807
Hotel Polo MaxMulti-Functional Complex, Civil Lines Railway Station Compound, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh 211001 PH: 075218 70444
Hotel Ravisha Continental18th Ward 18-1-5/6 Tirumala Bypass Road, Near, Kapila Teertham, Ramchandra Nagar, Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh 517501 PH: 073882 00886
Hotel Harsh Ananda118, 16, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Civil Lines, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh 211001 PH: 099845 02097
Sri Padmavathi Guest HouseSri Venkateswara University Rd, Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh 517502 PH: 0877 226 4510

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