Bungalow One

An outstanding homestay bed & breakfast in Allahabad, India

 If you need inspiration to visit Allahabad, see: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tourist_attractions_in_Allahabad

 

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For a very informative list of things to do/see in Allahabad, please see this post by a traveller on virtualtourist.com:

 

http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Asia/India/State_of_Uttar_Pradesh/Allahabad-1104355/Things_To_Do-Allahabad-TG-C-1.html

 

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For an insightful blog about travelling in India in 2013, including an entry on Allahabad, please see:

http://therecannotbeanotherplacelikethis.blogspot.in/2013/11/almighty-allahabad-or-there-and-back.html

 

 

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On the Significance of the Ganges

 

From the Last Will and Testament of India's First Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru:

 

 

"My desire to have a handful of my ashes thrown in the Ganga at Allahabad has no religious significance, so far as I am concerned. I have no religious sentiment in the matter. I have been attached to the Ganga and the Jumna rivers in Allahabad ever since my childhood and, as I have grown older, this attachment has also grown.

 

I have watched their varying moods as the seasons changed, and have often thought of the history and myth and tradition and song and story that have become attached to them through the long ages and become part of the flowing waters.

 

The Ganga, especially, is the river of India, beloved of her people, round which are intertwined her racial memories, her hopes and fears, her songs of triumph, her victories and her defeats. She has been a symbol of India's age-long culture and civilization, ever-changing, ever-flowing and ever the same Ganga. She reminds me of the snow-covered peaks and the deep valleys of the Himalayas, which I have loved so much, and of the rich and vast plains below, where my life and work have been cast.

 

Smiling and dancing in the morning sunlight, and dark and gloomy and full of mystery as the evening shadows fall; a narrow, slow and graceful stream in winter, and a vast roaring thing during the monsoon, broad-bosomed almost as the sea, and with something of the sea's power to destroy, the Ganga has been to me a symbol and a memory of the past of India, running into the present, and flowing on to the great ocean of the future.

 

And though I have discarded much of past tradition and custom, and am anxious that India should rid herself of all shackles that bind and constrain her and divide her people, and suppress vast numbers of them, and prevent the free development of the body and the spirit; though I seek all this, yet I do not wish to cut myself off from that past completely. I am proud of that great inheritance that has been, and is, ours, and I am conscious that I too, like all of us, am a link in that unbroken chain which goes back in the dawn of history in the immemorial past of India. That chain I would not break, for I treasure it and seek inspiration from it."

 

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