Allahabad Kumbh Mela with Varanasi Tour

  6 Days / 5 Nights

   Delhi - Allahabad- Varanasi

6 Days Allahabad Kumbh Mela with Varanasi tour is a unique religious / pilgrimage holiday package that comprises visit to Tirthraj (the holiest among Hindu pilgrimages- Prayag / Allahabad) and ‘the spiritual capital of India’ (Varanasi). The tour, starting from Delhi and ending at Varanasi, is open for customization, i.e., unique requirements of the travelers. The precise dates of the Khumbh Mela are determined by astrological methods, based on the positions of the sun, the moon and Jupiter. In Prayag, Maha Kumbh Mela is held in the month of Magha, January / February of Gregorian calendar. The highest merit is obtained by bathing at the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Sarasvati, a virtual river, probably the memory of a disappeared stream, the day of the new moon, when Jupiter is in the Taurus and the sun and the moon in Capricorn. Maha Kumbh Mela in Prayag (Allahabad) takes place every 12 years and an Ardh Kumbh Mela takes place in between two Maha Kumbh Melas. Thus, attending Ardha Kumbha Mela in Allahabad in 2019 happens to be a life time experience. Topping on the cake is a visit to and exploration of Varanasi.

Day 1

Arrive Delhi

As you land at New Delhi airport / railway station, you will be received by our representative and transferred to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2

Delhi – Allahabad (by train)

After delicious breakfast in the hotel, you will be transferred to railway station to board train for Allahabad. On arrival, you will be picked up by our representative and transferred to the camp (Swiss Tent) to relax and have overnight stay.

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Day 3

Kumbh Mela Allahabad

It’s Kumbh Mela in Allahabad. Whole of India shudders and comes alive, villages move, monasteries get empty, naked hermits smeared with ashes descend from Himalayan caves and devotees & ascetics from all parts of India converge on the banks of the Ganga in Allahabad. Processions of monks, bands of tramps, suites of rajas, coaches crowded with women folks, trains full of town people and prodigious crowd thirsting for holiness are common sight during Kumbh Mela. The ritual baths in the icy waters, very light food and nights spent on the sand, wrapped in a blanket (in a tent sometimes) are accepted as a spirit of penance to be washed of one’s sins. Pilgrims recite sacred texts and sing bhajans (Hindu religious songs) around fire and amidst permanent music.

The tour itinerary will be customized to offer you opportunity to be present in the Kumbh Mela during one of the auspicious dates of ‘Holy Bath’ in Sangam. The sadhus arrive from all sides and settle around the river. They have the privilege of bathing first. For pilgrims, it is a rare opportunity to rub shoulders with such wise men. As soon as the sadhus enter the sacred waters, all the pilgrims enter the river, which becomes a human tide.

In the morning, watch the auspicious bathing ceremony and/ or have yourselves a holy dip into Triveni Sangam. Rest of the day, roam around and visit ‘pandals’ of various ‘akharas’ & ‘sadhus’.

Later in the evening, return to camp / hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4

Kumbh Mela Allahabad - Varanasi

After breakfast, again proceed for exploring further Kumbh Mela and visiting monuments of historical and religious importance in the area. Allahabad Fort, Patalpuri Temple, Akshay Vat and Bade or Lete Hanuman Ji temple can be visited. Nag Vasuki temple in Daraganj colony of Allahabad can also be visited.

Late afternoon, you will be driven to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India. On arrival, check in at the hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 5

Varanasi sightseeing

Early in the morning at the time of sunrise, accompanied by professional, knowledgeable and friendly guide, proceed to visit the ghats of Varanasi while cruising on the Ganges in a boat. Morning ghat tour on boat is a highlight of Varanasi tour. It offers opportunity to see numerous daily routine and religious activities of the people of Benares. Thereafter, you shall be taken on a heritage walk in the alleys of Varanasi and visiting several highly revered temples like Vishwanath Temple & Annapurna Temple. Return to hotel to refresh and have breakfast. Early noon, proceed on a guided city tour that comprises visit to BHU, Durga Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple and Bharat Mata Temple. During the course of sightseeing, explore local market famous for silk sarees , carpets, jewelry and various crafts and ethnic products. In the evening, you will be taken to Dashashwamedh Ghat to watch mesmerizing Ganga Aarti> Having explored various aspects of Varanasi, return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6

Sarnath tour - Departure

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed for guided sightseeing of Sarnath, one the pilgrimages of the Buddhists. It was here Gautam Buddha delivered the first sermon after getting Enlightenment and, thus, set the wheel of Dhamma (Buddhism) rolling (Dharmachakrapravartana). Stupas of 300 BC, razed ancient Buddhist monastery and a well-kept museum are must see attractions. There are several temples have been built by different Buddist countries like Sri Lanka, Combodia, Thailand etc. Late afternoon, in time, you will be transferred to airport or railway station to board flight or train for your onward journey.

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

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Payment Terms:

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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