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Allahabad, India- Kumbh Mela Festival

From €2514pp
Depart From
Cork or Dublin
Departure Date
Festival runs from January- March 2019
Duration
8 Nights / 9 Days
Destination
India
Price
From €2514pp
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Experience the wonder of the Kumbh Mela festival!

The Kumbh Mela is more than a spectacle; it is an affirmation of faith, a confirmation of the human spirit with a tradition and history that stretches back to thousands of years.

It is a spiritual event of epic proportions, it is a pilgrimage of belief, salvation and hope for millions of Indians and vast numbers gather in observance of one of the country’s most famous religious events.

The ancient holy city of Prayag (holiest of the holy) is located at the confluence (Sangam) of the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati and is considered the most sacred location for the Mela.

The Kumbh is about people, people sharing an experience of a lifetime. Fortune tellers, levitating yogis, naga sadhus and masters of enlightenment.....each seek his own truth his own way.

Grand processions with tridents aglitter with tinsel-edged flags....and amidst the rising incense, a thousand voices chanting in unison. The million hues of India gathered at one spot. Witness the grand spectacle, experiencing the mystique and aura of the Kumbh from the comforts of your luxury camp, overlooking the Sangam.

 

*Photo credits to Cox & Kings*

Day 1 Arrive in Delhi

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the Holiday Inn and relax in the comforts of your hotel. Overnight in Delhi. 

Day 2 In Delhi

Enjoy an experiential tour of the capital city. Explore the narrow alleys of Chandni Chowk and sample the culinary delights with a specialist. Walk past the Sufi neighbourhood of Nizamuddin with a storyteller cum volunteer. Overnight in Delhi.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 To Varanasi

Proceed on a special visit to the Gnostic Centre for a curated meditation session. Fly to the spiritual heart of Varanasi or Banaras as it is popularly called.

On arrival, visit the UNESCO listed Buddhist site of Sarnath for the holy chanting ceremony by the monks. Overnight in Varanasi.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 In Varanasi

Enjoy a rickshaw ride at the Banaras Hindu University campus. Explore the Bharat Kala Bhawan and visit the weaver’s colony to witness Banarasi silk fabric being crafted on looms.

At sunset, get mesmerized by the magical Hindu Aarti ceremony on the banks of River Ganges. Overnight in Varanasi.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 To Allahabad

Wake up early for the sunrise boat ride followed by a heritage walk in the back lanes of the heritage city.

Drive to the holy city of Allahabad (130 km / 4 hours approx.). Check-in to the tents overlooking the grand spectacle of Kumbh Mela. Overnight in Allahabad.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 In Allahabad

Participate in introductory yoga session and interactive talks on wellness and satvik eating by experts. Overnight in Allahabad.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 In Allahabad

Enjoy another visit to the Kumbh or capture the many photography opportunities. Overnight in Allahabad.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 To Delhi

Take an afternoon flight to Delhi. Overnight in Delhi.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9 Depart Delhi

You will be transferred back to the airport for your return flight.

Meals included: Breakfast

Delhi - Holiday Inn Aerocity

Varanasi - Radisson Blu

Allahabad - Tented accommodation

2019 Special Bathing Dates

  • 14-15 January Makar Sankranti
  • 21 January Paush Purnima
  • 04 February Mauni Amavasya
  • 10 February Basant Panchami
  • 19 February Maghi Purnima
  • 04 March Maha Shivratri

Price are per adult sharing and include:

  • Flights and taxes
  • Transfers
  • Tours
  • Entrance fees
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Travel insurance
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply.

For more information please call us on 021 427 7094 or 0818 300 204, email incredibleindia@shandontravel.ie. request a call back using the red button or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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