Spiritual India

Kumbh Mela Tour

Join our Kumbh Mela tour! Travel through North India visiting important Hindu pilgrimage sites. We attend the auspicious Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

The Kumbh Mela is sacred Hindu pilgrimage that takes place on a rotation basis at four locations in India: Prayag (Allahabad, at the confluence of three rivers-Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati), Nasik, Haridwar and Ujjain.

The pilgrimage occurs every three years, once at each of the four locations. The sixth year is Ardh Kumbh (half). The 12th year is Maha Kumbh.

Enjoy comfortable and easy travel. Stay in five star hotels in Varanasi and Lucknow. The accommodation in Allahabad will be a camp set up for tourists with western bathrooms and walking distance to the pilgrims camps and to the banks of the Ganges River. One of our esteemed Hindu guides will accompany our tour.

Be there during the most exciting time. Explore the Mela on Mauni Amavasya, the main royal bathing date.

A pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance to a person’s beliefs and faith.

The Kumbh Mela is the most significant pilgrimage for Hindu followers. People from all faiths and belief doctrines journey to the Kumbh Mela from all over he world. The Kumbh Mela has universal meaning for all who attend.

Plan early to sign up. Our maximum group size is 12.  Additionally, the event is popular both locally and internationally. Accommodations need to be reserved very far in advance.

The itinerary day by day descriptions currently on this website give a good general overview. The details will be fine-tuned in the coming months.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Attend the Kumbha Mela
  • Visit sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites
  • Participate in traditional rituals
  • Enjoy optional meditation

View A Detailed Itinerary:

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Pilgrim blowing a conch at the 2000 Mela in Allahabad

  • 1
    Day 1-2: Meet in Delhi

    We shall visit the enormous Akshardham Temple Complex that depicts Hindu mythology and Indian culture. The temple has 234 ornate pillars, 20,000 statues; the complex consists of exhibition halls, imax theater and a musical fountain surrounded by an elaborate garden

  • 2
    Day 3-4: Varanasi

    Tour the Ganges in a country boat at sunrise. Visit Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon. The old city will be a flurry of activity as pilgrims perform reverence here on their way to and from Allahabad.

  • 3
    Day 5: Varanasi - Chunar Fort - Allahabad

    Drive to Allahabad to see the Triveni Sangam-confluence of the three rivers- Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati. Allahabad also known as Prayag is an important pilgrimage center of the Hindus. It is one of the four locations of the Kumbh Mela (held here once every 12 years).

  • 4
    Day 6-7: Allahabad

    Two full days to explore the mela. Observe rituals and visit pilgrim camps.

  • 5
    Day 8: Ayodhya

    Ayodhya is an ancient city believed to be the birthplace of Rama and the setting of the epic Ramayana.

  • 6
    Day 9: Lucknow

    Tour Lucknow, known for its Nawabi heritage and architectural brilliance. Visit the Bara Imambara, Chota Imambara, The Residency, Rumi Darwaza, Sikandar Bagh & Ambedkar Park.

  • 7
    Day 10-11: Haridwar

    Visit various sites including Mansa Devi, the Neel Parvat Temple, dedicated to the Goddess Chandi Devi (Durga), Daksheswara Mahadev Temple. Stroll through the bustling market (Bara Bazaar), lined with shops selling local crafts.

    One evening we shall join hundreds of locals along the banks of the Ganges to attend an ancient prayer ritual.

  • 8
    Day 12: Rishikesh

    Rishikesh is a pleasant town, much more peaceful than Haridwar.

    We visit Sivananda Ashram, the headquarters of the Divine Life Society, established in 1934. Afterwards, some independent time to relax.

    Afternoon walking tour.

  • 9
    Day 13: Delhi-Depart

    Fly to Delhi. Transfer to hotel near airport for wash/change. Late night transfer to airport for flight home.

  • Trip Length

    13-day trip begins and ends in Delhi

  • Dates

    January 24-February 6, 2025

  • Land Cost

    Price: $4275 per person based on minimum of 10 people. Single Room Supplement: $1650

  • Accommodations

    6 nights 5-star hotels
    3 nights 4-star hotels
    3 nights deluxe tents at Kumbh Mela
    3 nights deluxe heritage

  • Group Size

    6-12 guests

  • Included Meals

    6 lunches, 9 dinners

  • Duration

    13 Days

  • Reading List

    Suggested Reading
    SF Examiner Article - India and The Ganges

  • Trip Preparations

    Trip Preparations

Delhi, india

Varanasi

Allahabad

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

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