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Plan to participate in the Kumbh mela this year? Read on to know all you'll ever need for a safe and fun experience

KUMBH MELA

Millions gather for a dip in the scared Godavari river during Kumbh mela

The city of Nashik in Maharashtra gears up to host the biggest Hindu pilgrimage of faith this year, the Kumbh mela. Millions of pilgrims are expected to gather peacefully on the banks of river Godavari for the sacred bath ritual. According to sources, the Nashik police has gone all out to ensure the safety of the pilgrims, especially the women worshippers this year.

So, if you are planning to visit the Kumbh mela at Trimbakeshwar, Nashik, read on for all you need to know about one of the world’s largest religious celebrations.

The Kumbh mela will commence on July 14, 2015 and end on August 11 2016.

Getting there

From Mumbai

Mumbai is well connected to Nashik via rail, road and air.

Rail: A number of trains head to Nashik from Chhatrapathi Shivaji Terminus on a daily basis. Rail journeys to Nashik can take about 4 to 5 hours. Book your train tickets here.

Road: Nashik is about 171km from Mumbai and is accessible via the Mumbai-Nashik Expressway. Road journeys through the highway can take about 3 hours. You can book your bus tickets here.

Air: Round trip flights to Ozar Airport, Nashik, from Mumbai airport are available but services are not very frequent.

Trimbakeshkar is about 44 km from Nashik Road railway station and 39km from Ozar Airport. Taxi, bus or autorickshaw services to the festival are available.

From Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata:

The best way to get to Nashik from Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata is via Mumbai. Book your flight tickets on Cleartrip. You may choose to travel via train or road from Mumbai.

Click on Continue reading to know where you can stay and how to have a healthy Kumbh festival

Kumbh Mela

Sadhus on the banks of the Godavari at the Kumbh mela

Tips for a safe Kumbh

It is crucial to take certain precautions to have a safe and enjoyable Kumbh festival. Read on for tips for a safe trip.

  • Bring enough sets of loose fitted cotton clothes as the weather in Nashik at this time of the year is humid
  • Bring your rain gear to protect yourself from getting wet
  • Keep yourself hydrated as the humidity can cause a lot of sweating and fluid loss.
  • Make sure you eat energy-rich foods at regular intervals during the day
  • Wash or sanitise your hands often as it is easy to contact diseases in crowded areas
  • Take plenty of rest
  • Include curds, neem (fresh or in tablet form), fresh fruits in your diet and avoid spicy food to protect yourself from an upset stomach
  • If you are travelling with kids, be constantly aware of them as it is easy to get lost in the crowds
  • Carry your family’s medical kit stocked with all the necessary medicines
  • Warm up the body immediately after bathing in river
  • Avoid leaving your place of accommodation during the night time
  • Make sure you know how to find your way back to camp or hotel after the festival
  • Note down emergency contact numbers as soon as you reach your place of stay
  • Make sure you keep a tab on your valuables

Accommodation

There are numerous camps or budget hotels in Nashik, committed especially to accommodate visitors to the mela.

Camps

The Ultimate Kumbh Camp has dormitories and standard camps for visitors. It is situated about 1/2 km from Kushavat (the site for the main Snan or bath).

Website: UltimateCamp

Kumbh Camps have a spa facility along with luxury tent options for those who want to make the most of the celebrations.

Website: Kumbh Camps

Hotels

If you are travelling as a family, then staying in a hotel near the festival site is a better option. Following hotels in and around Trimbakeshwar offer rooms and packages to pilgrims:

Panchavati Elite In

Website: PanchavatiElite

Contact Number: +91 253 2579031

Ginger Hotels

Website: Ginger

Contact Number: +91 253 661 6333

Express Inn

Website: ExpressInn

Contact Number: 088052 27777

Shree Gajanan Maharaj Shegaon Bhakt Niwas

Contact number: +91 2594 233048/234048

Website: GajananMaharaj

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