Allahabad Fort at Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India was built by Emperor Akbar in
1583. The fort stands on the banks of the Yamuna near the confluence with the river
Ganges. It is the largest fort built by Akbar. In its prime, the fort was unrivalled
for its design, construction and craftsmanship. This huge fort has three galleries
flanked by high towers.
At present it is used by the army and only a limited area is open to visitors. The
outer wall is intact and rises above the water's edge. Inside the fort there is
the Zenana, Palace of Mariam-uz-Zamani and the 3rd century BC Ashoka Pillar and
Saraswati Koop as well, said to be the source of the Saraswati river. The Patalpuri
temple is also here.
Allahabad Fort is the location of the much revered Akshayavat or "immortal tree."
Legends say that if anyone jumps from this centuries-old banyan tree he will attain
immortality. Civilians are not allowed to see this tree. It is near the southern
wall and is one among many trees that can be seen from outside the southern wall
of the fort.
In the fort one railway track comes from Allahabad Railway Station. This railway
track was made by the East India Company to use during the war.