Elite Personal Travel Services

MONDO WORLD ADVENTURES: INDIA EDITION

THE KUMBH MELA IN ALLAHABAD

All of our trips are hand selected and devised to be wildly entertaining and exotic and hand tailored to satisfy our interesting and creative clients. These are small group adventures and made for healthy and adventurous travelers. There are few restrictions and travelers are free to go off on their own or stay with the group as they please. Clients will be briefed beforehand about the local etiquette, dangers and annoyances, and about how to get the best from the experience.

*****THIS IS LIMITED SMALL GROUP ADVENTURE, SEATS WILL GO FAST*****
Ganges River in Varanasi

KUMBH MELA IN ALLAHABAD INDIA

The Kumbh Mela is one of the most sacred days for Hindus to bathe at certain locations in the Ganges River.Tented cities are built along the river and pilgrims will arrive from all over India and the rest of the world. Past estimates of visitors to the Kumbh Mela have been said sometimes to reach 100 million people! The Grand Mela in 2001 was considered the largest gathering of human beings in history.

During the Kumbh Mela period, Hindu religious organizations erect their campsites and millions of devotees live in these tent city. Stories and scenes from Hindu religious texts are staged by folk theater groups in different places in the Mela area.

On the main bathing date there will colorful processions of saints and elephants as the sun rises. As the saints pass by they impart blessings to the people. Then the saints take their bath in the Holy Ganges River.This takes place according to tradition, where groups of saints proceed to bath in the river in an orderly sequence. After all these groups have bathed, then the other people are allowed to enter the Ganges for their bath.

The Kumbh Mela, for the rest of us, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is a wonder to see this crowd of merchants and buyers, musicians and performers, and seekers and holy men dressed in every imaginable costume - from the finest clothes to the half or full naked “naga saddhus”. As the sun rises on the Ganges this colorful ceremony is an exotic and unforgettable sight. In the evenings the ghats become breath takingly beautiful with thousands of marigolds and offerings floating in the waters of Ganges.
 
Selling empty bottles, Ganges River Haridwar

OTHER POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS DURING THE TRIP (contingent on time, interest, transportation, etc)

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Golden Temple, Amritsar
All photos ©H Goldberg 2017

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