KUMBH MELA

The month long Kumbh Mela of Allahabad is one of the largest fairs of the world and is attended by millions of pilgrims from all over India as well as the devout from the world over. Maha Kumbh is held after a gap of twelve years where as Ardha Kumbh is held in the Sixth year after Maha Kumbh, in the months of January-February, on the banks of the holy confluence(Sangam) of rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati.

Kumbh Mela, one of the biggest melas in earth. Held on the banks of Sangam for over a month very 12th year. On peak days it attract about 35 million of people. Kumbh Mela's history originates from the beginning of the Creation. All devtas were under the influence of a curse that made them weak and coward, Brahma, (the creator God) advised them to churn the ocean for Amrit (Nectar), intake of which will make them immortal, Devtas sough the help of demons for the purpose. By their joint churning Amrit was one of the resultants, found in the last. Devtas fled with pitcher of Amrit and demons chased them. A battle ensured. During this, the pitcher of Amrit was kept at four places and few drops of amrit also fell at these places. The places were Prayag (Allahabad), Hardwar, Nasik and Ujjain. Since then when the planets come in same position Kumbh Mela is held at Prayag. The main Kumbh parva is the day of Mauni Amavasya. Other important bathing days are Makar Sankranti, Paush Poornima, Basant Panchami, Maghi Poornima and Maha Shivratri. If any other date of religious significance happens to fall during the Kumbh Mela period, it also auspicious for taking a holy dip.

The Kumbh Mela is generally held every three years in rotation at Allahabad, Hardwar, Ujjain and Nasik. The period of Kumbh Mela is Magh (Jan-Feb) month of Hindu calendar.

Festival Dates 27 JAN 2013 - 28 FEB 2013

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Day 01 Arrive Delhi
Day 02 In Delhi
Day 03 Delhi/ Varanasi flight and drive to Allahabad
Day 04,05,06 In Allahabad to witness the "kumbh" fair.
Day 07 Allahabad/ Varanasi drive and fly to Delhi.
Day 08 Departure

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