Day 1 Arrival in Allahabad
You'll be picked up from Allahabad airport/railway station and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 Holy bath at the Sangam
The most important day of the holiday, this is when you go for the holy dip. Since there are 5 auspicious dates marked for the same, ideally you should plan your holiday so that Day 2 concides with one of these dates.
Day 3 Allahabad sightseeing
On this eventful day, the cab will first take you to Allahabad Fort (built in 1853). You then proceed to Patalpuri temple - an underground temple located inside the fort itself. We then take you to Anand Bhavan, the ancestral home of the Nehru family, and now one of the best museums in the country. Then we go to the Allahabad Museum, which houses artefacts, coins, stone sculptures and paintings ranging from 2nd century BC to the present day.
Day 4 Deaprture
Check out from your hotel, and proceed to go back to your city.
*Price is based on 2 persons travelling together
The greatest religious gathering on the planet,
the 2013 festival is speculated to draw over
100 million people to Allahabad.
It's very important that this should survive, it's a
great Indian tradition and has been going
on for so many years.
The Kumbh Mela in India is as mesmerizing as it
is spiritual. This ancient northern Indian festival
is a meeting of mystical minds.
Let us tell you some of the reasons why
you should attend the Allahabad Maha
Kumbh Mela 2013.
by Neeraj Narayanan
What does one say about a festival that runs for a month, whose attendance increases by at least ten million every successive edition, and that is being written about in not just India and its subcontinent but all over the world. It will be quite naÃ¯ve, to describe it as a 'colourful, noisy festival'. For when thirty million people chant, the sounds that comes out is not noise but an echoing bellow. For when thirty million gather in one town, they come from all over the world and colour is no longer just a remark on the lights, the food, the ceremonies, it is also signifies the various global races that have all come together to take part in this gathering. This gathering, called Maha Kumbh Mela.
As someone said, it is simply the "greatest show on earth".
The largest and greatest religious gathering on the planet, the Allahabad Maha Kumbh Mela 2013 is expected to see an overall attendance of 100 million people. In the 2010 Kumbh Mela Haridwar, on one of the busiest days, more than thirty million people were in attendance at the venue.
Why do so many people visit the Kumbh Mela
There are four centres which alternately host the Mela every three years. These are Haridwar (on the banks of the Ganga), Ujjain (on the banks of the Shipra), Nasik (Godavari river) and Allahabad (at Sangam, which is the confluence of the three rivers - Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) . According to popular belief, if a person takes a bath in the holy waters during the auspicious dates of the Kumbh Mela, he/she shall be absolved of all their life's sins. Out of this, taking a holy dip during the Allahabad Maha Kumbh Mela is supposed to be the most sacred.
What to Expect
A lot of people
A lot of strange people. This includes the Naga Sadhus - a tribe that are usually naked, have ash smeared all over their body, and are preaching on enlightenment. Then, the Shirshasinse - a group that remain standing throughout the month long festival. When they sleep, they do so with their heads propped up against a vertical pole. Third, the Hatha Yogis, a tribe that try to achieve nirvana through practicing rigid vows for years and years. A thousand people all around you when you enter the Ganga to take a holy dip An amazing fervor through the entirety of the festival. Brilliant photographs. For a professional photographer, this is the best place to be this February.
Auspicious Dates for Kumbh Mela 2013
How to Reach Allahabad
Allahabad is directly connected by air to Delhi and Kolkata, although flights don't operate to the Allahabad airport on a daily basis. The most preferred route for people wanting travel via air, is to fly to Varanasi.
Allahabad is well connected by rail to all major destinations in India. There are a number of Rajdhanis that connect Allahabad to other centres.
By Road :
Allahabad is well connected by road to all major centres. NH2 runs through the middle of the city.