Kumbh Mela is one of the most famous occasions of Hindus and is celebrated 4 times over a year. It will be hosted in the sacred city of Prayagraj (Allahabad). The fair will start from 15th January 2019 and will run till 6th March 2019. This fair is not just a festival. It is a faith of millions where Sadhus and Naga Sadhus come on horses and elephants in large groups and millions of Indians and foreigners also mark their presence to enjoy the holy vibes at the sites.
If you are planning to visit Kumbh here are certain highlights and essential information you should know.
Millions of visitors
You must be prepared to see the city full of people, this year it is expected that Prayagraj will see 15 crore visitors. In fact, Kumbh Mela is one such event whose gathering was visible from space
Auspicious dates of the bathing ritual
If you are visiting Kumbh to wash away your sins in pious Ganges river then these are the dates during Kumbh when bathing ritual is considered more auspicious than ever before:
- 15th Jan: Makar Sankranti
- 21st Jan: Paush Purnima
- 4th Feb: Mauni Amavasya
- 10th Feb: Maghi Purnima
- 4th March Mahashivratri
How to reach Kumbh:
You can visit the city by Air, road, train, and water. You can reach Allahabad airport, Amausi Airport at Luckow and Varanasi airport but these are all domestic airports and you will have to take a cab from here to Allahabad. It is advisable to book your cabs and flights well in advance. Train journey to Allahabad is convenient and you reach the main city via train. Allahabad is connected to all the major cities via railways. Allahabad also connects major highways from connecting states.
The city has many options of accommodations, tents are organized by the government which is nearby the site of the fair. It is quite exciting for people. Other than that you can also book hotels from 2 stars to 5 stars and various lodges are also available.
This is the last thing to worry about. Food stalls are available at every corner of the city that serves delicious breakfast, meals, and snacks throughout the day at affordable prices. The food majorly consists of various Indian cuisines.
Key Attractions Of Kumbh Mela
Cultural Performances: You will be able to see some astonishing musical performances. Traditional folk dances are organized regularly. Don’t miss to visit Pravachan pandal for spiritual experiences which will host some events.
Tourists walk: Tourists walks are organized by the government which will let you explore the region. It also includes famous temples and forts like Allahabad Fort, Ram Ghat, Akshaya Vat, Allahabad Museum, Swaraj Bhawan etc.
Ferry experience: It is organized by Inland waterways authority of India that will take you to Sangam Ghat, boat club ghat, Sujawan Ghat and ends at Kila Ghat. You will witness many sites whose blissful vibes will soak your heart and soul.
Laser light show: Laser light show is organized by the government this year that is one of the major attractions of the fair. Book your tickets well in advance to avoid the hassles of last minute.
Thematic gates: This year, it is smartened up with giant and beautiful thematic gates that will also help you navigate your way through the fair. Every gate is supposed to have a unique identity to amaze you.
Akharas: There are many big and small Akharas in India that participate in Kumbh Mela. They perform their spiritual activities under the mahant’s guidance and you can witness these astonishing rituals.
Shopping: Believe it or not many renowned companies sell their products at cheap prices and they do crazy stuff to market their products like branding chapattis, serving free hajmola candies and giving a massage.
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