Kumbh Mela 2013: The Largest gathering Festival in Allahabad
Kumbh's history originates from the beginning of the Creation of universe. The Gods had lost their strength, and to regain it, they thought of churning the Ksheera Sagara (Primordial Ocean of milk) for amrit (the nectar of immortality), this required them to make a temporary agreement with their arch enemies, the demons or Asuras to work together, with a promise of sharing the nectar equally thereafter. However, when the Kumbha (urn) containing the amrita appeared, a fight ensued. For twelve days and twelve nights (equivalent to twelve human years) the gods and demons fought in the sky for the pot of amrita. It is believed that during the battle, the celestial bird, Garuda the vehicle of Vishnu flew away with the Kumbha of elixir, and that is when drops of amrita fell at four places on earth: Prayag, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik , and that is where the Kumbh Mela is observed every twelve years..
First written evidence of the Kumbha Mela can be found in the accounts of Chinese traveler, Huan Tsang or Xuanzang (602 - 664 A.D.) who visited India in 629 -645 CE, during the reign of King Harshavardhana. The 1998 Kumbh Mela saw over 10 million pilgrims visiting Allahabad, to take a dip in the holy river, Ganga. Around 1 million people from around the world participated in the 'Maha Kumbh Mela' at Prayag (Allahabad) in 2001, with planetary positions that repeat only once in 144 years.
Bathing Dates Maha Kumbh 2013 at Allahabad
Makar Sankranti - 14/15 Jan 2013
Paush Purnima Snan - 27 Jan 2013
Ekadashi Snan - 6 Feb 2013
Mauni Amavasya Snan - 10 Feb 2013
Basant PanchamiSnan - 15 Feb 2013
Rath Saptami Snan - 17 Feb 2013
Bhishma Ekadashi Snan - 18Feb 2013
Maghi Purnima Snan - 25 Feb 2013
Mahashivratri Snan - 10 Mar 2013
Please contact us if you are planning to be a part of this mass Hindu pilgrimage. Our team of local experts will guide you and make all the arrangements.
Here is a suggested tour for the Kumbh Mela. It can be tailor made to suit your requirements.
Day 01 Arrive / DelhiMeeting and assistance on arrival at Delhi airport, traditional Indian welcome with fresh flower garlands and transfer to your respective hotel. Delhi- India’s capital and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis which successfully combines in its fold the ancient & the modern. Its strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. New Delhi also reflects the legacy the British left behind. The division between New & Old Delhi is the distinction between the capitals of the British & the Moghuls respectively. So, wherever the visitor goes, he will invariably confront the citys’ past. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 02 DelhiAfter breakfast sightseeing of Old & New Delhi. City tour of Old Delhi will include visit to Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Fathehpuri Masjid, Gurdwara Sis Ganj. Also enjoy rickshaw ride in the narrow and winding streets of chandni chowk market. Later visit Rajghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi and then proceed to visit the India Gate, the Presidents House & the Parliament, Qutab Minar. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 03 Delhi /VaranasiAfter breakfast transfer to airport to board flight for Varanasi. Assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel. Varanasi -The eternal city, is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India. Afternoon tour of Sarnath and on return proceed to the banks of Holi River Ganges to attend Live aarti or prayer ceremony. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 04 Varanasi / AllahabadEarly morning boatride on the holi river ganges. After breakfast city sightseeing of Varanasi. Afternoon drive 3 to 4 hrs to Allahabad. Overnight stay at Hotel / Cottages.
Day 05 AllahabadBreakfast at Camps Day free for own activities Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at prayag Kumbh wooden cottage.
Day 06 AllahabadBreakfast at Camps Day free for own activities Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at wooden cottage.
Day 07 Allahabad / KhajurahoEarly Breakfast at Camps, Drive 5 hrs to Khajuraho. On arrival check into your hotel. Khajuraho- amazingly short span of 100 years, from 950 AD - 1050 AD, saw the completion of all the temples, in an inspired burst of creativity. Today, of the original 85, only 22 have survived the ravages of time; these remain as a collective paean to life, to joy and to creativity; to the ultimate fusion of man with his creator. Evening sound and light show at the western group of temple complex. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 08 Khajuraho /Orchha / Jhansi / AgraAfter early breakfast visit western group of temple complex, famous for their unique architecture and erotic sculptures. Later drive 4 Jhansi en-route visiting Orchha fort. On arrival at Jhansi board Shatabdi Express train to Agra. Assistance on arrival at Agra station and transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 09 Agra / Delhi / DepartureEarly morning visit to Taj Mahal at sunrise. After breakfast city sightseeing of Agra city visiting Agra fort Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb. Later drive 4 to 5 hrs to Delhi airport for flight to onward destination. .
Tour price may vary depending on your choice of accomodation.
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