Kumbh Mela 2019

#1 Oct 16th, 2018, 20:33
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Hi there!

My husband and I are headed to India (from Canada) for our first time this upcoming January - March, 2019. This originally started out as a 12 day kayaking trip in Kerela and has now morphed into a 4 week adventure to include Kanha, Varanasi, Agra, Delhi, Jaipur, Thar Desert, Udaipur, Jodphur, and Nimaj. All very exciting!

We have just been strongly encouraged to now include Kumbh Mela for 3 nights prior to the start of our trip in Kerela. This sounds like an amazing event and once in a lifetime opportunity. In order to include this, after a long haul flight, we would have 1.5 days in Delhi and then have to head off to Allahabad.

We have an 'abstract' idea of what this event is and it truly sounds like quite something to witness and experience. However, what we imagine and what the reality may be, could be two different things. We are both well seasoned travellers (I'm 59, my husband is 62), but have no doubt never witnessed anything quite like this. We will be jet-lagged and possibly way beyond overwhelmed. We've already been informed that Delhi itself, is an overwhelming, chaotic experience for 'first- timers' and had planned on easing into this trip with 'Gentle Kerela'. I can only imagine that Kumbh Mela will make Delhi look calm by comparison?

I would greatly appreciate any information or opinions on what the reality of this event may be - the good and the bad (noise, air quality, safety, cleanliness, etc.).

Thank you so much!
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Hello Siol and welcome to IndiaMike!

Have you read this thread?
https://www.indiamike.com/india/fair...hotos-t219066/


I also recommend watching this documentary:

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Thanks so much for these links. I will check them out!
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A 12 day kayaking trip has already morphed into a months travel without setting foot in India.
Sometime in Febuary you will planning your next trip,by the end of your first trip you will be in tears.
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We have just been strongly encouraged to now include Kumbh Mela for 3 nights prior to the start of our trip in Kerela.
Why?

That may seem like a funny question, but, hey we're going to Kerala and Oh, you absolutely must go to the Kumbh Mela, somehow doesn't add up. Even if your trip has already morphed into covering other diverse parts of India.

I've no idea what an example for a Canadian would be, but let me try this in British terms:

"I'm going to spend some time exploring the cities and countryside of SW England." "Oh! Then you must go the Glastonbury Festival!"

Well, that might turn out wonderful. You might love rock music. You might love seething masses of humanity. You might love mud. On the other hand, it would be so utterly different to anything else that you might want to explore. It might be a fit for you. It might not be.

I think I'd want to spend some time in India before even knowing if the Kumbh Mella would be a thing for me. Are you interested in the religion? Do you like seething masses of humanity? Is that what you want to do, or would you rather spend some quite time getting the feel of Hinduism in some quiet temples.

I've never been. I never will. It absolutely isn't for me. But I remember sitting in London, a decade or two ago, seeing it on the television, and thinking it might be. Well... maybe when I was younger. Not now.

I'm not trying to put you off! Honest! Just feeling that you should have good reasons for wanting to plunge yourself into that experience.
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I agree with Nick. But then I am crowd-adverse, unless it is something I really really want to do (for example, seeing Durga Puja in Kolkata!)...

On the other hand , there are passionate advocates for attending the kumbh mela. Note that Allahabad is soon going to change its name to Prayagraj.
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Originally Posted by Siol View Post I would greatly appreciate any information or opinions on what the reality of this event may be - the good and the bad (noise, air quality, safety, cleanliness, etc.).
Look at it this way, the crucial things in such events are timing (Kumbh is not random but happens at certain time only) and belief (most important). Obviously, and I am taking liberty to presume, you do not care for any of these things.

That leaves just one reason to visit, something that is entirely exotic in nature, which is a passion to cover festivals, mingling with the crowd and enjoying the celebrations. Here is where the problem comes, people not used to crowd, noise and chaos will find themselves overtaken by the whole event in not so good way, specially the first time visitors to India.

You may love it, or you may hate it, no one can know. So if you have enough time, go for a day and see for yourself, it definitely stands as a unique event worth checking out, but if you are short of time and will have to squeeze it in your schedule, then don't.
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Is it really safe to take a dip at Kumbh?

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nati...Ipgk5ArCjj2rQU

Whenever I travel for more than a day, I carry some medicine with me, e.g. Aspirin, Eno's fruit salt. Anything else I might need when I visit the Kumbh mela? I will be in Varanasi for 3 days and Kumbh 2 days.
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Kumbh Mela 2019

Wrote a long reply. Tapatalk crashed. So just....

No. Ritual does not trump microorganisms and pollution.
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Originally Posted by iseeking View Post Is it really safe to take a dip at Kumbh?

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nati...Ipgk5ArCjj2rQU

Whenever I travel for more than a day, I carry some medicine with me, e.g. Aspirin, Eno's fruit salt. Anything else I might need when I visit the Kumbh mela? I will be in Varanasi for 3 days and Kumbh 2 days.
A hazmat suit with SCBA equipment should see you through safely. Saying with tongue firmly in cheek though....
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Any solo traveller for KM 04/03/2019 ?

Hi ; Any solo traveller is there to visit for 04/03/2019 snan ?


This is the first time myself alone adventuring for such a massive holy gathering.  And have little apprehensions like stay, travelling, taking dip etc., etc.,


I will be starting from Bengaluru on 02.03.19 & plan to pack off 05.03.2019.


Await responses!

 

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In order to include this, after a long haul flight, we would have 1.5 days in Delhi and then have to head off to Allahabad.

I can only imagine that Kumbh Mela will make Delhi look calm by comparison?


Siol
Don't worry, a day & a half in Delhi will prepare you for anything the Mela can throw at you.
Spend some time on Chandni Chowk that will prepare you for crowds.
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