Take a spiritual journey to the Kumbh Mela and spend a fascinating three to six days experiencing a 2000-year-old pilgrimage whilst comfortably ultra-camping with the Ultimate Travelling Camp.
The only luxury tented camp 'on location', Sangam Nivas offers well appointed en-suite tents in a super luxury or luxury tent category. Sangam Nivas also offers a wellness centre, dining tent and a boutique shop.
Why we like it
The Ultimate Travelling Camp has been providing guests with insider access to events and festivals usually too far off the beaten track for the discerning luxury traveller.
Choose from one of the 17 Luxury or 27 Super Luxury tents (with private veranda). All tents have heating and air conditioning with bespoke furnishings. Services offered to all guests are world class, with a dedicated butler and a team of chefs on hand to make life as comfortable as can be.
The camp has a reception tent and a dining tent. A handicrafts boutique, Wi-Fi and docking stations, library and indoor board games. At the dining area, fresh, local and organic ingredients are used to prepare Sattvic, vegetarian and fusion delicacies. The gourmet cuisine, although following the strict Sattvic dietary requirements which also excludes alcohol, will be delicious. All meals are provided at the camp with high tea offered daily.
The guides make it possible to immerse in the entire experiences of the local festival and culture and feel a part of it, whilst keeping guest safety and security at the forefront of their minds. Special photography excursions to the Kumbh Mela can be arranged. Also, arrangements for witnessing the performing of Havans (sacred fire rituals). Without a doubt, viewing the Sangam by boat is an unmissable experience. The Sangam is where the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers converge with amazing consequences in the colours of the water.
Other experiences are available whilst staying at Sangam Nivas:
- Interactive sessions with Akharas (spiritual speakers) at the camp
- Wellness therapies including early morning yoga and meditation
- Walking tours to the Akharas with local experts provided daily
- Satvik Culinary Experiences with the chef
- Boat rides to the Sangam daily
- Evening auspicious Aarti ceremony at Sangam Nivas
- Explore renowned sites in Allahabad
- In-house astrologer
Kumbh Mela – What to expect at this grand spectacle
The Kumbh Mela was started 2000 years ago and is said to be the oldest and largest congregation of religious pilgrims in the world with the largest temporary city constructed to host worshippers. It is a true photographers paradise. Capture over 50 million people in one place! There will be daily opportunities to walk through the Kumbh to see all the Sadhus and pilgrims. There is scope to interact with spiritual speakers and Sadhus. The festival starts on the 10th January through to the 6th March 2019.
Special Puja Ceremonies and Bathing in the Sangam
The camp can plan for any special requests if you wish to worship accompanied by a spiritual host.
These are significant dates during the festival which attracts many more pilgrims. It is a photographer’s paradise, with hundreds of thousands of devotees taking a dip in the holy river. There are seven dedicated bathing dates between January and March. Unfortunately, there cannot be any movement of traffic into and outside of the Kumbh Mela on these dates due to the volume of people in attendance.
14/ 15 January
On a hill overlooking the Kumbh Mela with a panoramic view and within walking distance to the festival. Reached from Allahabad airport, a 40-minute drive away.
What else to do whilst in India?
Why not combine Jaagir Lodge in Dudhwa National Park with Sangam Nivas in Allahabad, connecting both via Lucknow, for the ultimate culture and wildlife experience in India with The Ultimate Travelling Camp. Alternatively, return to Delhi and take a private tour of the renowned Golden Triangle.