Kumbh Mela Experience
Kumbh Mela is a Hindu festival held periodically at 4 riverside locations in India which are considered holy and prime pilgrimages i.e. Allahabad, Nashik, Haridwar and Ujjain. Kumbh Mela attracts as many as 100 million people from across India and all over the world making it the largest human congregation anywhere in the world. Kumbh Mela attracts richest to the poorest, all arriving to take a holy bath which is believed to wash away your sins.
Kumbh Mela is held once every 12 years at each of these locations. Once every Six months Ardh Kumbh is also held. Therefore therefore during a period of 12 years there are 4 Kumbh Melas and 2 Ardh Kumbh Melas (Allahabad and Haridwar), making this an event that happens every couple of years.
Arrangements for Kumbh Mela is of a scale unheard of elsewhere. World's largest temporary city is build just for the fair and entire administration is focussed around offering a safe bathing experience.
Kumbh Mela generally is held over 3 months with some dates as prime dates such as full moon and new moon dates which specifically attract large number of devotees. During 2016 Kumbh Mela on one of these dates 30 million persons took holy bath.
For an international traveller Kumbh Mela represents an opportunity to witness India unlike anything anywhere. Interaction with Ascetics (Sadhus), Photography, evening Artis, spiritual discourses and holy bath, all offer a kind of experience unlike anything else. Therefore it many be a good idea to combine travel dates to co-incide Kumbh dates.
Kumbh Mela represents a compelling experience for all travellers and must visit for those seeking a definitive experience.