Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India, Nagar Kutir

The World’s Most Spectacular Festival – Kumbh Mela

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21/01/25 29/01/25 9 days £7,795 £2,450 Lakshmi Singh 14 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India, Naga Kutir 1

Photographer's dream

The perfect opportunity for photographers wanting to capture the essence of spirituality and worship.

Sadhu,Varanasi, India 2

Spiritual insight

Visit the holy city of Varanasi and take a boat ride to witness early morning prayer on the banks of the Ganges.

Kumbh Mela tent, India 3

Outstanding accommodation

Following our private camp at Kumbh Mela you will stay in the renowned Glenburn Penthouse in Kolkata.

Kumbh Mela, India 4

Expertly hosted

Escorted by one of our team alongside Lakshmi Singh, who is a spiritual disciple of two great Advaita philosophy masters.

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  • Day 1

    Delhi

  • Day 2

    Delhi

  • Day 3

    Delhi to Varanasi

  • Day 4

    Varanasi to Prayagraj (Allahabad)

  • Day 5-6

    Kumbh Mela

  • Day 7

    Prayagraj to Kolkata

  • Day 8

    Kolkata

  • Day 9

    Kolkata

Day 1

Delhi

Day 2

Delhi

Take a guided city tour, exploring the old city of Delhi in the morning which includes a tour of Chandani Chowk by cycle rickshaw. In the afternoon visit new Delhi including a guided tour of the impressive Humayun’s Tomb.

Day 3

Delhi to Varanasi

Take an internal flight from Delhi to Varanasi. In the early evening you will visit the river Ganges to witness the spectacular Aarti evening prayer ceremony.

Day 4

Varanasi to Prayagraj (Allahabad)

Experience the subah worshiping ritual on the Ganges. Take a boat from Assi Ghat to Manikarnika Ghat to watch pilgrims performing morning prayer against the backdrop of the rising sun. Visit Kedar Madir temple and take a walking tour through the old city, along the ghats to see the displays of wrestling. Drive to Allahabad, also known as Prayagraj, a beautiful city situated at the confluence of the Rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, where Kumbh Mela is held. Check in to your overnight camp.

Day 5-6

Kumbh Mela

Spend two full days and two nights experiencing the Kumbh Mela. Our expert guides will be on hand to interpret the many layers of symbolic ritual, giving you an understanding of why this festival that takes place once every 12 years is the ultimate spiritual quest for millions of Hindus.

Day 7

Prayagraj to Kolkata

Transfer to Varanasi and fly to Kolkata. Take a guided city tour in the afternoon, visiting Park Street and Mother Theresa’s house before ending the day with a boat trip on the Hooghly river. Stay at the wonderful Glenburn Penthouse.

Day 8

Kolkata

Full day exploring Kolkata with a private guide. Early morning tour of the flower market before visiting Metcalfe Hall, Bomti’s for lunch, Park Street Cemetery and Victoria Memorial.

Day 9

Kolkata

The tour ends this morning after breakfast at Glenburn Penthouse.

Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India, Nagar Kutir
Allahabad, India
Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India, Naga Kutir
Allahabad, India

What is Kumbh Mela?

The Kumbh Mela in January 2025, is the culmination of 12 years of Hindu worship and ceremony. Over a period of 12 years there are smaller festivals, but none is bigger or more auspicious than this one! Taking place only once every twelve years, the ‘Purna Kumbh’ celebrates and commemorates the triumph of the Gods over the demons in the battle for Amrit, the nectar of immortality. During the battle, four drops of nectar fell to the earth; a drop each on the cities of Allahabad, Haridwar, Nashik and Ujjain. Over the centuries, pilgrims have celebrated the triumph of good over evil by bathing in the rivers near the four locations where the Amrit is said to have fallen, an act that is said to pave the way to salvation.

Morning Ritual on the Ganges River, Varanasi, India
Varanasi, India
Morning on the Ghats, Varanasi, India
Varanasi, India
Ganges River, Varanasi, India
Varanasi, India

Varanasi - Morning Prayer on the Ganges

Get up early at the crack of dawn for a memorable boat journey to witness the Subah or morning prayer ritual on the Ganges. Spiritually enlightening and spectacularly photogenic, Varanasi is at its brilliant best by the ghats, the long stretch of steps leading down to the water on the western bank of the Ganges. Observe the living traditions of one of the world’s oldest religions as pilgrims perform morning prayer to the backdrop of the rising sun.

Flowers at Market, Calcutta, India
Kolkata, India

Kolkata Flower Market

Dazzling, high-definition colours and intoxicating floral aromas have been constant companions to the Kolkata traders who have been selling flowers for over 150 years at the city’s famous market alongside the Hooghly river. Saying it with flowers is the Indian way, and no flower says it better than the humble marigold. The vibrant colours are believed to represent the energy of the sun and across the market, mountains of marigolds radiate a vitality that is matched only by the relentless ebb and flow of traders and buyers.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Glenburn Penthouse £££££

  • India
  • Boutique

A long-awaited project from the owners of Glenburn Tea Estate, this elegant nine-bedroomed boutique hotel, colonial in style, is a perfect bolthole for anybody preferring home from home when staying in Calcutta.

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Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

Flexibility

To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accommodation including all meals throughout
  • Domestic flights and road journeys
  • All excursions in Varanasi, Kumbh Mela and Kolkata
  • Morning yoga at Kumbh Mela
  • Hosted by a local guide and one of the Steppes India team
  • Services of expert guides throughout
  • Gratuities

What is excluded

  • International flights
  • Visa for India
  • Travel insurance

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