- Q?How do I get to Allahabad?
Allahabad is one of the largest cities in Uttar Pradesh, and thus is very well connected by all modes of transportation.
There is one commercial flight per day run by Air India (www.airindia.com) from Delhi directly to the Allahabad Domestic Airport (also known as the Bamrauli Air Force Base), located 12 km from Allahabad. This, however, is the only flight per day directly to Allahabad.
An easier option would be to fly to Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport in Varanasi (120 km away) or Amausi International Airport in Lucknow (200 km away), as these airports are much better serviced and well connected to major cities throughout India. Daily flights can be taken on most major airlines including Air India, Air India Express, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, and Spice Jet. From these cities, you can come directly to Allahabad by train, bus or taxi/car.
Numerous trains run through Allahabad each day, and it is well connected to many major cities. There are four main railway stations located throughout the city: Daragang (near the confluence of Ganga and Yamuna), Prayag (near the University), Rambagh (city center), and Allahabad Junction (the main station). A temporary fifth station named Prayag Ghat is also specifically set up during times of major pilgrimages, like the Kumbha Mela. To look up and book train tickets, you can visit the Indian Railway’s website at www.indianrail.gov.in and www.irctc.co.in or www.yatra.com.
Taxis, auto rickshaws and city buses are available near all railway stations to take you to the Kumbh Mela camp.
By Road – Bus or Taxi
Allahabad is well-connected by road to major nearby cities such as Delhi, Lucknow and Varanasi by both national and state highways. The NH2 runs right through the city while NH27 starts from Allahabad and ends at Mangawan in Madhya Pradesh. NH96 connects to NH28 in Faizabad and brings together two major centers of Hindu Pilgrimage – Allahabad and Ayodhya.
Three bus stands in Allahabad cater to different interstate routes. Tourist taxis, cabs, auto rickshaws, and local buses are also available to connect you to various parts of Allahabad and some of the beautiful neighboring cities.
If you would like help with preparing your travel arrangements, you can contact:
- Q?What will the weather be like during the Kumbh Mela?
In January-February in Allahabad, one can experience varying types of weather. Nights are cold, while the days can become quite warm when the sun is shining. While rain is not common, there is always the possibility of it raining. We suggest that you pack for all of these weathers – for nights, bring along items like shawls, socks, jackets, coats or sweaters; for the day, light jackets can be sufficient.
- Q?Do I need a visa?
Any foreigner who wishes to come to Kumbh Mela must follow the normal rules and regulations of entering India. All foreigners are required to hold passports as well as visas to India, which can be acquired at the Indian Embassy in their home country.
- Q?What else should I bring to Kumbh? Can I get items I’m missing there?
It is important to note that there are no real stores within the Kumbh Mela grounds. Thus, anything you think you need or might need during your stay at the festival should be brought with you. Furthermore, this Kumbh Mela is the first-ever “Green” Kumbh Mela, so please try to think “green” and eco-friendly when packing! Some suggestions we can make, but which are not exhaustive, include:
- Refillable water bottle
- Reusable eco-friendly bag(s) for carrying items around the festival
- Bug spray
- Any medicines or supplements which you take
- Small first aid kit
- Eco-friendly laundry soap
- Toiletries – soap, toothpaste, etc. (try to bring eco-friendly soaps if possible)
- Sufficient clothing for cold nights and warm days, including warm coats/jackets/shawls, hats, etc.
- Rain jacket or umbrella
- Meditation cushion (if necessary)
- Ear plugs
- Visa/Passport, as well as printed copies of these documents
It is also important to note that there are no ATMs within the Kumbh Mela grounds.