The area was originally inhabited around 700 BC as a place of ritual sacrifice. In 1858, the city was capital of India for one day.
Today, Allahabad is best known for its deep undercurrent of religious significance, as well as for its shopping markets, temples, architecture, bridge, riverfront, and history.
People Born in Allahabad
Allahabad in People's Lives
Rudyard Kipling: I transferred to a bigger and better newspaper editing job in this city in 1887, where I continued to work, write, and explore furiously. In 1888, I had all of six books of short stories published. I also served as the paper's foreign correspondant (a job that I had eagerly volunteered to take on) and spent much time traveling around Asia writing articles about my journeys. However, my time at the Allahabad paper did not go so well as my time working at the paper in Lahore. After a series of disputes, I was fired in 1889.