Allahabad is the largest commercial center of Uttar Pradesh and is most famous for being the point of confluence of the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. It is one the oldest cities in India and one of the holiest places in Hindu culture. It has remained an important administrative center since its founding thousands of years ago.
The city is best known for hosting the massive Kumbh Mela. It is also well known as the "City of Prime Ministers" as 6 out of 13 Prime Ministers of post-independence India were either born there, were alumni of the prestigious Allahabad University, or were elected from the Allahabad constituency.
The main industries are tourism and small scale industry. With more than 3000 small scale units, Allahabad is a hot bed of small business activity. Tourism centers around the Sangam Area and the Kumbh Mela and various religious and cultural festivities. The Allahabad university is highly reputed in the area and the district is a hub for agricultural activity as well.