Allahabad is a ‘tale of two cities’. The old city has a glorious past and the new city that is rubbing shoulders with modernity. The antiquity of the place relates to sangam the confluence of the scared waters of the Ganga, the Yamuna and the invisible Saraswati. This holy confluence of the three rivers has accorded it the status ofTeerthraj that finds a mention even in this Purans.
These rivers has played an important role in weaving the socity and cultural fabric of the city which is which is visited by pilgrims from virtually every corner rom country during the month of Magh.
Allahabad is located on 82.5E degrees longitude. This longitude has been standarised for deciding the the Indian Standard Time(IST). IST is 5 hours 30 minutes ahead of Greenwhich Mean Time(GMT), which is the standard time for the whole world.
Also home to several legendary figures who have illuminated the field of music, literature, academics and even in films, the city has in the recent past has struggled with its existence as an educational canter. Several premier institutions of national repute like Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Motilal Institute of Technology, GB Pant Institute of social sciences, Harish Chandra Research Institute have been established in the city.
Spreading the light of education even outside the city, Allahabad station of Gyanvani, the first FM educational radio channel, similarly with a science City on the cards, the city is surely taking giant stride in the field of education.
Keeping the cultural light in North Central Zone Cultural Center (NCZCC) with its wide range of activities that strengthens the folk sub-structure.
Allahabad has the distinction of having given maximum number of Prime Ministers to the country. These names also include our first Prime minister Pd. Jawahar Lal Nehru. Many top Indian celebrities who have set new benchmarks in various fields have their roots in Allahabad. The name of “Man of The Millennium” Amitabh Bachchan needs no special mention. Shubha Mudgal, a famous Vocalist, are some of the other names who have been nurtured by the city.
Allahabad also boasts of having some very important Government Offices like Allahabad High Court etc.
Located at height of 340 feet above sea level, the city is constantly undergoing cultural and social metamorphosis with mushrooming of high rise commercial buildings and new residential colonies. The city is certainly acquiring cosmopolitan.