The ‘Kumbh Mela’ in India is as massive and thriving as it is spiritual. This antiquated Indian celebration is a gathering of religious personalities. The biggest religious assembling on the planet.
Call it what you may – a celebration, a festival, a journey; the ‘Kumbh Mela’ a unique experience which holds a very special place in the heart after visiting it live.
Festivals are celebrations that unite people from different backgrounds. They offer a look into our cultural heritage, our traditions, and religions of individuals and different communities around us.
So the next time you are traveling or planning a trip, you might want to experience Kumbh, the congregation of ascetics, saints, spiritual seekers, pilgrims and tourists from all walks of life.
Be part of an extraordinary occasion
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the famous Hindu Mela witnesses the biggest human gathering in terms of footfalls. It’s Ardh Kumbh which comes in every 6 years. And believe me, it’s a sight for any individual to see such a big crowd at one place and managed with so much perfection. I really wanted my kids to experience its eternality.
The most expensive Kumbh ever with a great arrangement in terms of safety, security, transportation, and cleanliness by a huge number of police and security forces on hand. Over lakhs of portable toilets and changing rooms and a great arrangement of trash cans and cleaning staff. Over time, visitors number has increased from 15 million to be estimated this year somewhere between 60-80 million. It’s huge!!!
One of the holiest rivers in India is Ganga and the confluence of the three rivers, Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati make it even more divine. This confluence is called “Sangam“. It is said that a dip in Sangam can wash off all your sins. Water was very cold, but once you have a bath – it’s sort of a miracle feel. I was shivering and trembling, but the moment I stepped into the water, I was just good and the feeling was so Divine.
Experience a place in a unique way
It’s actually a kind of artificially made tent city where their’s different designated tents for army, media, different akhara’s and of course pilgrims. Pilgrims sleep in a vast tent city at the river’s edge, where temperatures slide toward freezing at night.
Living with holy people and sadhus around you is one of the biggest motivations for you to visit Kumbh Mela. Without spending a total day at the blessed site you experience is incomplete. Amid the celebration, a huge number of tents are set up for guests and saints. If you get a chance to spend a day in them, you would comprehend the traditions and cultures even better.
Cook your meals there and enjoy eating on the floor. It’s such a simple experience but with a great positive impact. And seeing my kids doing this without even a single complaint about anything just made my belief more strongly that it’s really important to travel to festivals or celebrations of our country to make them aware about history and culture.
Celebrate like a local
Step out and walk on the roads!!!
Stay at the place of the festival let you explore and spend more time with the locals. This is an opportunity that not many people get to have when traveling, especially when sticking to crowded tourist attractions that some locals tend to avoid.
Roam around in the lanes of Kumbh and see different akhara’s and click lot pictures with their beautiful decorations.Stop on those decorated shops and you will still see many items from your childhood memories.
Get adventurous with food and have fun
Eating is one of the best ways of spirituality. Nowhere else but the temples, gurudwara’s and monasteries of India can be the best-tasting food experience. Once you have had that, then only you can believe that!
You can explore the different options from the various food stalls and vendors you will likely find at the festival grounds or nearby areas.
And of course, you can cook your own meals too. A simple meal of even dal tastes so yummy. Baingan ka bharta and baati cooked on chulha was mouthwatering and theirs no turning back once you start eating them :).
Have Fun. Take a lot of pictures. Make memories.
And come back a new being with a Divine experience…
Takes you out of your comfort zone and makes you more strong mentally
Festivals take you out of your usual comfort zone. They can be fun but muddled, lively but crowded, and energizing yet insane at times. All the unfamiliar and new things you experience may not always be welcoming. But they can make the experience even more extraordinary and essential. It can give you a great time to meet people from around the world, make new friends, eat and drink a lot of local food, and fully immerse yourself in the beautiful surrounding.
To be part of a globally acclaimed festival
Incredible India is seen here with a lot of foreign tourists visiting this place. This is the testament of sheer grandeur by seeing foreigners doing a cultural tour of India through Kumbh.
The Ardh Kumbh Mela dates this year are from 15 January to 4 March. In case you don’t want to miss this absolutely worthy celebrations and one of its kind experience, book your tickets now to Prayagraj. You can refer to their website to get all the details that you need😊.
It was a magical experience!!!
You visited the “Kumbh”? If yes please share your experience in the comment section below. If no, book your tickets now :).
Don’t miss it for anything. Be there.