Unbiased Blogger – Vishal Trivedi, Shiv Bhakt take on Kumbh Mela

See Kumbh Mela India from our author viewpoint who is a famous travel blogger & narrates panorama view.

French couple in kumbh mela
Sadhu Couple probably french posing in Kumbh 

Luxury Holiday is Kumbh Mela?

Hmm… So you have attended many festivals and events in the past and expect Kumbh Mela to be similar to them. Or you wish to come to India for a luxury holiday and expect Kumbh Mela to have scenic beauty with world-class amenities in 5-star hotels (see below images) where you can enjoy. If this is what you expect on your next trip to the upcoming Kumbh Mela, I wish to inform you that you are absolutely wrong.

taj man singh jaipur
Taj Mansingh Jaipur

Explore Tour Packages on Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela is open for all, but not everyone is made for Kumbh Mela.

Americans tourist in kumbh mela
Americans seeks blessing in Kumbh Mela 

If you are looking for a relaxed and luxury holiday in India, there are plenty of options like Goa, Kerala, Kashmir etc. or if you are interested in historical monuments, places like Agra, Delhi, Rajasthan (also known as the Golden Triangle) and others are the places for you.

Explore Unseen World

kumbh bath enjoying
Kumbh Bath by Saint 

BUT, if you wish to see the unseen and explore the unexplored prodigious world wherein you are one between the millions around you, then you are most welcome to the Kumbh Mela

So, your next question may be “What do I expect from Kumbh Mela?”, let us try to answer that. 

Seeking blessings 

You can expect the most unexpected and weirdest things at Kumbh Mela like thousands of naked saints, yes you read it right, naked saints, also known as Naga Sadhus, performing acrobatic activities. Marijuana is in the air at Kumbh Mela, experience the organically grown ganja/ marijuana from the “Chillum” of a sadhu. Just ask them politely for a smoke and they will be happy to share it with you.

Kumbh mela exploring with Sadhu's
Sadhus in meditation and sitting with Germans 

Also, you can interact with them and get to know more about their “different” kind of lifestyle. At Kumbh Mela, millions of people can be seen in vibrant colors as far as your eyes can reach but your heart & brain can go beyond. It is a “never experienced before” scene of faith where people believe that a dip in the holy water can cleanse all their sins.

french foreigner interacting with locals
Having a good time in Kumbh with Sadhus 

What’s so special about Kumbh Mela? 

Kumbh Mela is spread across the area of around 10 miles in Allahabad, UP and guess what; this whole place is built like a temporary city, never before you may have heard the term “temporary city”. A city that has temporary roads, thousands of tents, the medical facility is provided at hospitals, police stations are built to maintain law & order. All this is temporarily built to accommodate the requirements of millions of people from India and abroad, coming to attend this festival of massive human gathering.

Tent City of Kumbh to accommodate Millions of Guests 

Still not amazed?

Allow us to share a few facts and figures of 2013 Kumbh Mela at Allahabad (Kumbh Mela 2019 would be amazing as well):

  • More than 100 million people attended the Kumbh Mela in 2013, which means more than 1% of the world population was there.
  • To accommodate the millions of pilgrims, more than 35,000 toilets were installed
  • 14 temporary hospitals were built and 243 doctors were employed
  • 30,000 police have been hired for security and crowd control.

And 2019 Kumbh Mela is expected to be much more bigger, much more massive than 2013.

Kumbh mela biggest in 2019
Getting Bigger and Bigger Kumbh Mela

So do you have the courage and craze in you to visit this weirdest of all festival to have once in life time experience? If yes, welcome to Kumbh Mela!

The author is a keen explorer and “God Shiva Bhakt – Destroyer of evil and the transformer”.

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