Kumbh Mela 2019: What Travelers Need to Know

Allison Sodha

The Kumbh Mela is often considered the world's most massive act of faith.  It will be held in Allahabad, India from January 14 - March 4, 2019.

According to Hindu mythology, the Kumbh Mela started during a war between demigods and demons for Amrita, the nectar of immortality. While being carried in a pot by Lord Vishnu, a few drops fell in the present day towns of Haridwar, Prayag (Allahabad), Ujjain, and Nashik. The drops sprouted mystical powers in the respective destinations; millions of believers from all stratas of society visit the Kumbh Mela and take a dip in the holy river to wash away sins and achieve liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth.

Worshipping. Photo courtesy of AlGraChe/Flickr

At any given place, the Kumbh Mela is held once in 12 years. There is a difference of around three years between the Kumbh Melas in Haridwar and Nashik; the fairs at Nashik and Ujjain are celebrated in the same year or one year apart. The exact date is determined according to a combination of zodiac positions of Jupiter, the Sun and the Moon. Observers, participants, and devotees from across the globe descend on the Mela and a makeshift city is constructed in a grid pattern on the riverbank and then deconstructed in a matter of weeks. 

For travelers - Here are a few considerations regarding the 2019 Kumbh Mela:

TUTC and Aagman India are providing exclusive camps and luxury tents for the more discerning travelers

Daily flight service is available from Delhi - Allahabad, so you can add the Mela before or after a North India program

If visiting Varanasi, Sodha Travel can reserve a private vehicle for the 3-hour drive to Allahabad

The bathing dates are as follows:

15 January 2019 - Makar Sankranti

21 January 2019 - Paush Purnima

4 February 2019 - Mauni (Somati) Amavasya

10 February 2019 - Basant Panchami

19 February 2019 - Maghi Purnima

4 March 2019 - Maha Shivratri

Contact a Sodha Travel Destination Specialist to reserve your accommodations and services for the largest religious fair in the world!

Topics: India, Accommodations, Events, Festivals and Holidays, Kumbh Mela

Allison Sodha

Written by Allison Sodha

As the President of Sodha Travel and author of Go! Girl Guides India, Allison has spent almost two decades exploring South Asia. She has a passion for creating experiences fueled by a deeper understanding of local communities.