Allahabad, officially known as Prayagraj, is the judicial capital and one of the largest cities in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The city lies close to Triveni Sangam, which literally means "three-river confluence" of the Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati rivers. It is a favourable place to conduct sacrifices and plays a central role in Hindu scriptures.
Due to it's rich history, the city has been a political, cultural and administrative centre of Northern India. The city is home to many colleges, research institutions and central and state government offices. Allahabad hosts many cultural and sporting events, including Kumbh Mela and the Indira Marathon. Since 2011, Allahabad has been consistently ranked amongst the most liveable cities in the country.