Allahabad Kumbh Mela Tour

  3 Days / 2 Nights

   Allahabad

3 Days Allahabad Kumbh Mela Tour, presenting exceptional chance to have firsthand feel of the true Indian ethos that is perennial since the advent of human civilization. Being world’s oldest living cultural entity, Hindu India bursts into riot of spiritual, religious, cultural, ritualistic and traditionalist with modernity imbibed colors. Ganga, the most revered river in the world, makes the ‘Kumbh Mela’ holy. Sangam, confluence of three rivers, make it holier. But, the fall of the drop of the nectar, came out after immense churning of the sea, makes Prayagraj (Allahabad) as Tirthraj – the holiest pilgrimage for the Hindus. Religiously prominent city of Allahabad is also steeped into rich history.

Day 1

Arrival at Allahabad (Prayag)

You will be welcomed and received at Allahabad airport / railway station by representative of Optima Travels and transferred to hotel / camp (tented accommodation). The Kumbh Mela is celebrated in the four cities where according to tradition the drops of ‘Amrita’ - the elixir of immortality - have fallen: Prayag (Allahabad), Ujjain, Haridwar and Nasik. In 2018-2019, Ardh Kumbh Mela will take place on the Triveni Sangam of Allahabad, the confluence point of three sacred rivers: the Ganges, the Yamuna and the invisible Sarasvati. The Sangam is a huge expanse of sand; really huge. Main bathing dates for Allahabad Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019 are Makar Sankranti (1st Shahi Snan - 15 January 2019); Paush Purnima -21 January 2019); Mauni Amavasya (Main Royal Bath-2nd shahi Snan - 04 February 2019); Basant Panchami (3rd Shahi Snan - 10 February 2019); Maghi Purnima (19 February 2019) & Maha Shivratri (04 March 2019). Spend rest of the day in leisure and have overnight stay therein.

Day 2

Kumbh Mela exploration

Though Kumbh Melas take place in four cities of India but the most accredited and magnanimous is Allahabad Kumbh Mela. Culture, traditions, rituals, socio-religious practices and underlying Sanatana Dharma or Hindu ethos can be seen and experienced in its most colorful and lively form. After breakfast, sally out to explore innumerable aspects of Hindu culture. A temporary city crops up on the wide banks of the Ganga. The vast expanse is filled with camps of different sets of people and populations: military and police camps are the most extensive, surveillance is widespread; afterwards there are the camps that host the various saints & ‘sadhus’ (hermits), some real ashrams, where the "head" Sadhu settles with his retinue and receives the pilgrims with their offerings, dispenses blessings and teachings. The Naga sadhu, the most spectacular because of being naked ones with religiously codified behavior, live more secluded and are more difficult to approach. The crowd is a river of colors that descends smiling towards the ghat where bathing rituals takes place. The holy dip in the Sangam is performed for complete purification. In the evening, the Sangam is spectacular. The crowd descends towards the illuminated Sangam. They carry out Ganga Arti ritual, the fire ceremony. The devotees softly rest a minuscule boat-shaped leaf carrying a duly lit earthen lamp. The pilgrims offer flowers, fruits and leaves as reverence to Mother Ganga.

Hanuman Temple, Allahabad Fort & Patalpuri Temple can also be visited. Later in the evening, return to camp / hotel for leisure and overnight stay.

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Day 3

Allahabad - Departure

Have leisurely breakfast in the camp / hotel and you will be transferred to airport / railway station to proceed for your onward destination.

  • Above rates are based on current exchange rate, fuel price, entrance fee, hotel rates and tax structure as applicable on the date of mailing the package proposal, however any change in these components beyond our control shall affect the cost accordingly.

  • Our Above all cost is based on good combination of Heritage & star hotels. All the hotels are neat and clean, tastefully decorated air-conditioned rooms and of international standards with all modern facilities. We have been using these hotels regularly for our various overseas clients with excellent report in respective categories.

    In case you are particular to stay with any preferred hotels, please do let us know and we will revise our cost accordingly.

  • If a particular hotel is stated in this travel proposal is not available, we will book you at an alternative hotel in the same category as the one stated with your consent and agreement.

  • We shall not be responsible for any delays & alterations in the programme or expenses incurred – directly or indirectly – due to natural hazards, flight cancellations, accident, breakdown of machinery or equipments, breakdown of transport, weather, sickness, landslides, political closures or any untoward incidents.

  • We do not have any insurance policy covering the expenses for accident, sickness, loss due to theft, or any other reasons. Visitors are advised to seek such insurance arrangements in their home country.

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  • You will need a tourist visa to visit India . Please contact the nearest Indian consulate in your country of residence for more information.

  • In India, hotel check in time is 14:00 hrs & hotel check out time is 10:00 hrs, until specified otherwise.

  • Our cost doesn’t have any hidden taxes/charges.

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We would require 50% advance payment to secure your bookings and process the file. We accept bank transfers and payment by credit cards through PAYPAL international payment gateway only. Balance amount needs to be paid on arrival in India by cash, Traveller’s Cheques or credit cards. All credit card payments are subject to 4.88% bank fees.

Cancellation Terms:

50% cancellation if cancelled within 45 days.

75% cancellation if cancelled within 30 days.

100% cancellation if cancelled 15 day or less.

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