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January, February & March

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KUMBH MELA: THE WORLD’S LARGEST CONGREGATION OF HUMANITY

India’s major Hindu festival, the Ardh Kumbh Mela will be held in Allahabad from 14th January through 4th March 2019. Its origin goes back to prehistory with references to it in the ancient, sacred Hindu texts. Held when a rare and auspicious planetary alignment of the Sun, Moon and Jupiter occurs, devotees gather in their thousands on the bank of the sacred Ganges River for ritual bathing and prayer in their unending quest for salvation and spiritual rejuvenation. This congregation of pilgrims is an extraordinary sight, an intense assault on the senses – millions of people taking bath on the river, chanting hymns, singing devotional songs. It is a lifestyle, a culture, and a “sea of humanity” where the larger social, cultural, religious welfare of humanity are discussed by the saints of India. Visits here will include the Akharas to see and interact with the saints/sages and witness their activities, seeing temples and attending temple ceremonies and visiting ghats (river banks) where millions people will gather to take a holy dip in the sacred river. Accommodation option may vary from Luxury Camps, with private facilities, or in a luxury resort with modern facilities. Being a sacred place for Hindus, only vegetarian food and no alcohol will be served during your festival days at the camp.

 

EXPERIENCES AVAILABLE:

Spiritual

  • Private Puja (worship) ceremony on the river ghats for prosperity and well-being 

Textiles

  • Visit to a weaver’s village outside Varanasi
  • A boat ride to witness early morning life on the ghats is an incomparable experience.
  • The evening arti whether witnessed from the ghats or a row boat is India at its spiritual best.
  • Experience the Kumbh Mela, one of the holiest events in India

Hotels in this Itinerary

  • Brij Rama Palace, Varanasi

    Situated on its own ghat, BrijRama Palace – a heritage hotel was built in the 18th Century and is considered as one of the oldest structures in Varanasi. Overlooking the Ganges, the property is a stone’s throw away from the popular Dasashwamedh Ghat. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Every room comes with a private bathroom fitted with a shower. For your comfort, you will find slippers, free toiletries and a hair dryer. Hi-tea, yoga sessions and bottled water are complimentary. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. The dry cleaning, ironing service and laundry facilities are available at a surcharge. Room service is available. Live classical music can be enjoyed at the Bada Aangan. It offers 2 dining options and a rooftop terrace. Dining options include Darbhanga that serves a selection of International vegetarian delights and Kamalya, the indoor café that offers a variety of hot beverages and snacks. Beautiful views can be enjoyed from The Kamalya Terrace.

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  • Suryodaya Haveli, Varanasi

    Suryodaya Haveli is a reflection of the spirit of the holy city of Varanasi. Its prime location (on the river front) ensures a rewarding view of the Ganges and the rituals being performed on the ghats (river banks). The Haveli traces its history back to the early 20th century. It was built by the Royal Family of Nepal as a retreat for the aged. It is now been painstakingly put together again to provide the best ghat experience in Benaras. Your stay begins with a 15 minute boat ride upstream along the famous ghats of Benaras to reach the Haveli. The Haveli is also connected by small alleys and streets leading to the Famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple (15 minute walk). Suryauday Haveli comprises of 01 river facing master suite, 08 river facing rooms and 5 en-suites, each fitted with an attached bath, air-conditioning, direct dial telephones and cable television.The visitors can feast on a delectable spread of vegetarian food. There is no fixed menu on offer. The in house cook decides what to serve to the guests and each day he comes up with culinary surprises from across the Indian subcontinent.

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